No retraction, no apology says Malawi paper on Trevor Hiwa over K217mil wrongful self-enrichment at Roads Authority

Malawi’s media giant, Times Group , has declared it  sticks to its story that Roads Authority (RA)  Chief Executive Officer Trevor Hiwa  awarded a K217 million World Bank funded project to his own company called Infracon Limited and will not retract the story even in the face of a threat for defamation lawsuit.

Hiwa: Accused of wrongful self-enrichment

Hiwa: Accused of wrongful self-enrichment

Hiwa has demanded a full apology  and retraction of the story which first appeared in Malawi News, then broadcast on Times TV and Radio. He has threatened to take legal action following the accusations if the media giant refuses to apologise.

Times revealed that Hiwa awarded the multi-million kwacha contract to a company which he owns and that the matter has attracted the attention of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala  is quoted saying the graft-busting body is “processing and will review the complaint to see if there is merit to warrant its action.”

The Daily Times, another title of Times Group reported that  Hiwa wrote Minister of Transport and Public Works Malison Ndau on Monday June 6 2016 informing him of the change of directorship at Infracon Limited, the company where he is a shareholder.

“With reference to the newspaper article, on the above named matter [Directorship at Infracon-Newspaper Article], find attached a special resolution replacing me as Director of the company as per the requirement of the law and my conditions of employment,” writes Hiwa in a memo with reference number RA/06/20/9 as quoted by the paper.

Hiwa then explains his link to Infracon Limited.

“Sir, unfortunately I cannot undo my past as this was the company I was working for before the RA and their main area of business and experience is roads. This fact was fully disclosed to the interview panel as well as to the Board of Directors both old and current. They are a bonafide Malawian company and comply with all relevant laws of Malawi. Submitted for your information and direction,” reads the counclusion of the letter.

The contract No RA/ CON/2015-16/09, which World Bank funded to the tune of US$303 823, was for the design and construction, and supervision services of various roads in Central Region and Southern regions following the floods that devastated the country in 2015 under the Malawi Flood Emergency Recovery Project (MFERP).

Hiwa, who  was appointed Chief Executive of the Roads Authority on July 1 2014, has hired law firm Likongwe and Company to take up the legal matter with Times Group.

The lawyers wrote the paper arguing that “there was no corruption” in awarding the contract to Infracon  which was formerly called Romana Infrastructure Consultants and it changed to Infracon on February 1 2014, saying “all legal procedures were followed and approvals obtained.”

Likongwe  and Company accuse Times Media of impugning on Hiwa’s integrity.

Times Editor-In-Chief George Kasakula has defiantly  said there is no question for an apology and asked Hiwa instead to say sorry  to the nation for abusing his position for wrongful self-enrichment and  “abusing tax payers money for giving a contract to his own company.”

The editorial in the Malawi flagship daily on Friday, the paper said it “thoroughly” checked out the tip and proved Hiwa gave  himself  the contract and wrote the letter to his company congratulating it.

“Duty called and we told Malawians of this blatant abuse of office for self enrichment with no malice against Hiwa but just to enlighten them that it is what the RA boss, as someone entrucsted with public office, is doing,” reads the editorial.

The editorial states that Hiwa “does not deserve” an apology but rather “ total condemnation” from Malawians.

“We will not be cowed into submission and there is no apology, retraction of our stories or commentaries as we firmly stand by them,” reads the papers comment.

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12 thoughts on “No retraction, no apology says Malawi paper on Trevor Hiwa over K217mil wrongful self-enrichment at Roads Authority”

  1. Mahope a kabwira says:

    The porblem ndi mkazi wanu. Anakongola kwambiri ndiye anthuwa amamufuna. Akawakana basi akufuna athane naye. Akanakhala kuti mkazi wanu samakana bwezi nkhani iyi kulibe koma kuwumila mkazi wanu

  2. Kenkkk says:

    He is sharing the money with his corrupt dpp fellows. If this dpp govt was serious about ending corruption, it should have exposed and stopped hiwa on his tracks in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

  3. Mirella K says:

    Hiwa’s failure to appreciate is abusive should convince us Malawians that he is a reason we have more potholes, less dual carriage and hence more unnecessary queues in this country! He needed NOT to be at that position in the first place. he is a misfit!

  4. Chikaiko says:

    Hiwa, the more you fight with the media…the more they will reveal your secrets. My advise is that you should just shut up!!!

  5. Trump says:

    It even puzzles me that the Board of Director of the Roads Authority is still sitting on its laurels, sleeping over it, saying they will investigate the matter while the suspect continues to report for duties. Is this on? Is the Board serious??? Or is it giving Hiwa time to cover up his stinking mess before it investigates the matter? Come on you Board of Fools! Send him on suspension or on forced leave to pave way for investigations!!!!

  6. Nyamwela says:

    I like your stand Daily Times. These thieves should not be allowed to get away with it. In fact, Hiwa must be fired. I do now know why he still being kept.

  7. P. Chayamba says:

    I think Hiwa is missing the point. You resigned as director. You, and your wife, remained as shareholder. It is your family Trust that owns the company.You have interest in the company. Even if you had resigned as shareholder as well, the fact that the contract was awarded to a company in which you were immediately past connected with, you should have recused yourself. You should not have been involved in any way in the awarding of the contract to this company. In fact, whilst you area CEO, this company should not be contracted at all EXCEPT under strict emergencies and conditions. But, to make it worse, you approved that the company be recruited by SINGLE SOURCE procurement. That stinks, Trevor!

  8. Praise says:

    Apa Bwanawa ali mmadzi. Olo nsima yasiya kukoma, galimoto ukakwera osakoma, kuchita osakoma, tulo osabwera, koma kubaku sizinthu ayi

  9. john says:

    HOW DO SUCH THIEFS FIND THEMSELVES INTO IMPORTANT POSITIONS? THIS COUNTRY WILLNEVER DEVELOPE.

    IT APPEARS WE APPOINT PEOPLE INTO POSITIONS WITH SOMETHING IN MIND (KICKBACKS) AND NOT TO DEVELOP THIS COUNTRY!

    1. Ignorant says:

      You are the only one who wants to develop this country the rest of us are busy raiding the treasury. Pse migrate because we are going to steal you. Hiwa should neither be fired nor suspended because he is not guilty. Kodi alipo wakuba anene anabvomera? Mr Makondi akungonjoya so why should Hiwa be punished? If you want to have an idea of how Malawi is being fleeced just objectively audit the Ministry of Finance. Mukulankhula za cashgate ya MK30 billion kwacha only. By the way Tanzanian public servants stole USD 121 million .millio

      1. Mirella K says:

        Ignorant, however are among the ‘pple Malawi needed to castrate so that we will never have such kind of imbeciles in the next generation

        1. chachikulu says:

          The only problem is that nobody in position like Hiwa’s is prudent. I agree with Ignorant the oresident steals ministers do the same. Just recently Daliso Kabambe has found himself on the wrong side of the law. Here is the irony. Goodall Gondwe doesnt find anything wrong with what Daloso Kabambe did. Do you know why? Daliso Kabambe is a true DPP supporter and is earmarked for Chief Secretary position. We can complain, write poems the way our journalists do. Nothing and i repeat nothing positive will ever come out of this God forsaken country. I challenge you to audit OPC and Ministry of Finance you will collapse.

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