Malawi Parliament explains procurement of ‘fuel guzzlers’

Malawi Parliament has come out to clarify the controversial procurement of four vehicles for the Speaker of the National Assembly, leader of opposition and two deputy speakers.

Chakwera alighting from the controversial Prado

Chakwera alighting from the controversial Prado

National Assembly said they used MK256, 522,140.00 which was budgeted for in procurement of the vehicles.

Minister of information, Jappie Mhangoaccused Parliament leadership for buying “fuel guzzlers” vehicles at the time when Malawi was experiencing economic problems.

However, Parliament spokesperson Leonard Mengezi wondered where the K300million figure originated.

“We did not pay such much money what we know is that Parliament paid MK256, 522,140.00 for all the four vehicles,” Mengezi told Nyasa Times.

Mengezi said Parliament bought the vehicles using budget for the 2014/2015 Financial Year.

He said Parliament is one of the three arms of government, just like the Judiciary and the Executive branches.

“In this vein, Parliament is, therefore, mandated to follow the laws, policies and procedures that govern procurement of public assets and management of financial resources,” he said.

Mengezi said traditionally, Parliament secretariat prepares a budget to purchase vehicles for the political leadership, at the beginning of its five year term of Office.

The PRO said this is done on the basis that Parliament will have no vehicles to allocate to the newly elected Speaker, Deputy Speakers and Leader of Opposition because the vehicles are sold to the outgoing office bearers as per their conditions of service after seeking approval of the Office of the President and Cabinet to sale the vehicles.

Mengezi said it is a policy and practice that every office holder in the public sector is provided with conditions of service, which are approved and sanctioned by Government and implemented by the Secretariat of Parliament in line with the Public Service Act.

According to Mengezi, in this context, following the expiry of the 2009 – 2014 Parliamentary term of the former Speaker, Deputy Speakers and Leader of Opposition, Parliament had no vehicles to allocate to the new office holders because their predecessors had bought the vehicles in line with their conditions of service.

Mengezi said approval to sell the vehicles to them was granted by the Office of the President and Cabinet as indicated in their letter Ref. No. 16/015/1 dated 15th April, 2014.

“Upon being sworn in and elected into office, the Speaker of Parliament, Deputy Speakers and Leader of Opposition were using hired vehicles which were costing Parliament a lot of money per month and bearing in mind the Government ban on procurement of capital items such as vehicles, Parliament sought approval from Office of the President and Cabinet to purchase vehicles for the Speaker, Deputy Speakers and Leader of Opposition. This was granted in their letter Ref. No. 16/06/4 dated 4th July, 2014,” said Mengezi.

Mengezi said procurement processes were duly done in line with the Procurement Act and the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) issued a letter of no objection Ref. No. ODDP/03/283, dated 2nd September, 2014 to procure the vehicles.

According to Mengezi , Toyota Land Cruiser for the Speaker is same model to that of Chief Justice and Chief Secretary to Government.

“Parliament would like to inform the Public that the vehicles were delivered  by the Dealers as follows:-  Toyota Land Cruiser VX which is being used by the Speaker was delivered on 28th November, 2014 while two Toyota Prados LX which are used by the Deputy Speakers were delivered on 17th December, 2014 while one Prado LX which is used by the Leader of Opposition was delivered in January, 2015.”

The explanation by parliament put off fears that Parliament bought the vehicles recently when the economy had deteriorated.

Meanwhile, the opposition Malawi Congress Party says the issues of K300Million vehicles is surfacing as one way of diverting people’s attention from numerous blunders which the DPP led government has been making.

MCP Publicity Secretary Dr Jessie Kabwira told Nyasa Times that MCP is not shaken over the matter.

Kabwira said their leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera is not a procurement officer let alone an officer of the Office of Director of Public Procurement.

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Andrew kho
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Agalu inu, if u don’t same to comment just be quite, zikukulempherani to make things in this country ndi petal wanuyo. Live MCP leadership alone.

Winston Msowoya
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It seems Peter Muthalika and his dupes are a gang of Machiavellian who are leading our nation into a complete economic ruins which will eventually plunge the nation into political instability.However,there is no need for the regime to spend US$50.000 to please a few individuals with less productivity to the nation,while the national economy is in tumultuous situation to the extent that civil servants and other govt parastatal establishments go for months without being paid.This is not only a violation of human rights,but also a shameful failure of the Muthalika’s leadership which gives Malawians legitimacy to vote out his illegitimate… Read more »
vetran
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its goverment burget

Angoni
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The vehicles are described as fuel guzzlers. However, the article makes no mention whatsoever of the engine size nor how far it can go per gallon. Kapena fuel guzzler just means expensive vehicle in this case?

Mlomwe original
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A few individuals milking my poor nation.
Iwe chakwera bwezatu galimotoyo kuti tiziwe kuti umawakonda a malawi osauka.

Winford Saka
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Shame To Chakwera And Mcp As A Whole.They Have Shot Themselves On The Foot.

Mmapeh
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Chakwera and his MCP are fools. Like Tembo, he will never rule this country. The next leader is Chilima osati zinazi ai. I rest my case.

ndawagwira
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You are shaken only when u feel DPP is loosing truck. Take note; this blunder is similar to the one tembo did by rejecting budgets of Bingu hence landslide victory of 2009. Mcp forget ruling this nation ur are giving out onother landslide to dpp 2014. How cam a bidget be passed on your conditions?

mtelezi
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Zonse mwanena za mveka , choti mudziwe ndi chakuti pali ndondomeko zomwe boma lidayika kuti aliyense azitsatira pogula katundu waboma. Ngati a nyumba ya Malamulo sadatsatire adzayakha mulandu wosatsata malamulo akagulidwe ka katundu wa boma. DZIWANI KUTI UKAKWERA PA MSANA PA NJOVU USAMATI KULIBE MAME. KOMANSO CHOWULUKA CHIDZATERA.

Dr Haswel P Bandawe
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1. Any branch of government- the Executive; Legislative and Judiciary-must not squander public funds on a lavish life-style. These branches of government must lead by example. Do not compare your perks with those in countries that are finscially and economically more prosperous than Malawi. Our country is considered to be one of the poorest in the world. So, what is this ostentatious life style trying to prove. 2. The sale of public vehicles at the end of the term of office of the speaker, and other office holders should be stopped. The country cannot afford such expensive purchases every so… Read more »
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