Business magnate Leston Mulli, who is Managing Director of Mulli Brothers Group of companies, has claimed his company is being sidelined in as far as award of contracts to the company is concerned.
However, government spokesperson, Information Minister Moses Kunkuyu, has dismissed the claims as hotair.
Mulli Brothers, a company which had a hand in almost every business during the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime has not been awarded even a single tender or contract since the current Joyce Banda administration took over.
Government is also reportedly not paying Mulli for the business the company carried out during late Mutharika’s rule, a development which the business tycoon says might lead to the suffering of thousands of its Malawian workforce should the company close some of its shops.
“There is no way government can solve the current economic mess in the absence of local companies. It will not help if authorities want to punish us because by doing so we are risking the lives of thousands of our employs whom we are failing to pay,” Mulli said .
He added that some senior current government officials would like to see the company collapse.
“Unfortunately there is no politician who has not benefited from our companies either direct or indirect. We also have over 5,000 thousand employees, which translates to about 30 thousand beneficiaries basing on Malawian family setting.” Mulli added.
Recently, up to 500 workers of Smallholder Tea Company (Steco) and Chitakale tea estate, subsidiary companies of Mulli Group in Mulanje district, left their jobs after the group failed to pay them salary arrears for three months.