Parliament says Malawi govt duly approved purchase of K300m cars

Parliament says government duly approved the purchase of the K300 million vehicles for Speaker Richard Msowoya and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera and were bought last year.

The car for leader of opposiiton

The car for leader of opposition

This parries away media reports that they were bought this year when the economic situation has worsened.

Leonard Mengezi, parliament’s public relations officer says the vehicles were bought because the former speaker Henry Chimunthu Banda, his two deputy speakers and leader of opposition in parliament, John Tembo bought off the official vehicles they were using with government approval.

“Parliament was hiring vehicles at very high costs for these office bearers because there were no vehicles for use. Procurement and ordering was done in 2014 with all approvals from government,” said Mengezi.

Mengezi said there was no ban for purchase of vehicles at the time.

He said vehicles for deputy speakers Clement Chiwaya and Esther Mcheka Chilenje were delivered in October last year whilst those of Chakwera and Msowoya were delivered in January this year.

‘It is the same government that approved the purchase of the said vehicles; it is surprising that government is now blaming Parliament,” wondered Mengezi.

He then disclosed that the vehicles were already included in the National Assembly’s budget, and that are part of the Speaker, his deputies and the Leader of Opposition’s Conditions of Service.

”The Speaker and his deputies and the Leader of Opposition have Conditions of Service, which were approved by the President. Those Conditions of Service provide for the purchase of vehicles”.

He said the vehicles are similar to all other government cars and that Parliament followed all the procedures in acquiring the said fleet, saying such decisions are not made by the Speaker but Parliamentary Services Commssion.

Some people commenting on social-media argue that government is using the year old story to discredit and silence Chakwera and the MCP who have ganged up with civil society groups to press Peter Mutharika cut down on his foreign trips, stop chartering presidential jets and reduce his entourage when going abroad as cost cutting measures in this hostile economic situation.

Chakwera is MCP president whilst Msowoya is deputy president in the party.—Additional reporting by Maurice Nkawihe, Nyasa Times

 

 

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33 thoughts on “Parliament says Malawi govt duly approved purchase of K300m cars”

  1. John says:

    THOSE OF YOU AGAINST THE PURCHASE OF 4 VEHICLES AT PARLIAMENT ARE TOTALLY IGNORANT OF THE MATTER. ALL THREE ARMS OF GOVERNMENT INCLUDING THE PRESIDENCY- THE PRESIDENT, VP HAVE NEW CARS BOUGHT SINCE THE NEW GOV. CAME INTO POWER IN 2014. SO WHAT IS THE ISSUE HERE? GO AND CHECK ALL THE DETAILS SHAME, SHAME WITH YOUR MBC DPP RADIO/ TV for compromising your ethics.

    CARS F

  2. Namihavani says:

    Nkhani yiyiy ndiyochititsa manyazi kwambiri and i hope MBC ikumva zimenezi . Vuto ndiloti a DPP ndi mbiyewawo akuchita ndale using poor guys at MBC just to divert our attention. Go to institutions like NRWB according to ma procedures awo agulirana magalimoto anthu atatu the three management guys worthy ma ma million of kwacha yet ma fortuner amene amayendera akadali abwinobwino ndipo iwo angosiyira azikazi awo ena asiyira zibwenzi zawo. in ESCOM its the same mukapita ku TNM or Airetll its the same. Now a DPP or MBC tell us mumafuna Speaker atenge galimoto yanji yet he is at par with CHief Secretary. We should also admit ngati boma kuti a mistake was made kuti muziti the former office bearers were allowed to buy the just brand new cars. mu ma office aboma anthu ku madistrict departments akuyendera magalimoto akutha kwabasi pamene inu mukusakanza chuma cha boma nkumawagulitsa magalomoto chonchi. Ma bulutu awiri aja akumabwera pa MBC aja lero kakhale komaliza mukuona ngati mukupanga discredit MCP pamene mukuyigulitsa pano. Jappie the useless minister i think you are still studying the govt machinery nawe ukuzionongera mbili panopa

  3. Njobanunu says:

    Political gimmicks @ its best. Its govt approval, sang angozpangila, they followed procedures, naonso ndalama amangogailidwa ndi boma lomwero so who z foolish who?

  4. Funny monunkha says:

    very interesting a Chakwela inu a secretary anu a mcp akulipilidwa nyumba ku area 10 ndi boma pomwe amuna awo nyumba ingodyedwa ndi chiswe ku salima barracks . Ndithu munapempha kwa wamkulu wankhondo kuti a secretary anu a mary apasidwe nyumba osafuna kutenga ndalama za MCP kuti muwalipilire nyumba. Pachaka boma likulipila ma million ambiri kulipilira nyumba ma officer aku salima omwe amakana kukakhala kunyumba zaku salima. kodi mmene mumalowa ntchito imeneyi simumaziwa kuti muzikakhala malo ngati Garizon or Salima. Dwellings houses in salima are full of mileme chifukwa chosowa anthu okhalamo. Akuluakulu a nkhondo chonde chitani manyazi, ma real soldiers timalipila ma rent tokha mu kawelemu inu mabwana kubela boma basi. Nanji nanji pano ndi weak commander tilinayeyu nde aah almost 22 officers in lilongwe government paying for them pomwe nyumba zingokhala ku mafco.

  5. ninja says:

    ochakwera ndi okonda dola bad….moti ndalama za mbale ku church sizankakwanira ndiye pano akutafuna ndalama dziko

  6. Gwamba says:

    Ndavetsano. Honourable Chimunthu Banda Ndi OBaba JZU Tembo Anagula Magalimoto Omkagwiritsa Tchito. Andinso Mukuti O Chiwaya Ndi Mcheka Chilenje Galimoto Zawo Zinafika Last Year October Mwakachetecheta. Ndiye Lero Ena Galimoto Zawo Zafika Pano. Inu A mbc mwapeza zolankhula? Umunthu Mulinao Koma? Sizikufunikanso Civic Education Izi. Common Sence Basi. Mwagwanayo. 2019 MCP Ikulamuli basi. I Voted For U, But 2019 MCP basi!!! makape.

  7. Captain Mediocrity says:

    I am glad that party zealots from both sides are trying to give explanations for the goofs they have each made or are perceived to have made. But I must say that if there is a loser here it is the speaker and his brethren who have acquired the vehicles; I say this because in the current political climate, the loud voices i.e govt and the opposition (specifically MCP and PP) have acquired characteristics which have slowly become what the public perceives each side to be. So MCP is seen as “the austerity boys fighting for the poor Malawian against a govt that doesn’t care about the poor and hungry- only about self enrichment”.

    we must remember that these are the same individuals who drew first blood on govt by taking them to town over issues of over-expenditure. This is simply the DPP taking a mirror and showing these guys their reflection. The fact that the vehicles were purchased last year or whenever, and that they were budgeted for doesn’t matter, because anyone who is not mentally disturbed would know that the trip to the UNGA was also budgeted for ages in advance. There is no defence for these guys simply because the economy was in shambles by that time, and they set the standard for what they expect from the DPP, so its only fair that they adhere to the same expectations and standards they so loudly accuse the President and DPP of not having….Like I said before, this just got interesting

  8. nellia butaoMartha Chombo says:

    Total rubbish on part of government mwasowa chochita

  9. Mlomwe waku Thyolo says:

    Our honourable ministers in government also get Prados, same amount as the ones bought for Speaker, deputies and leader of opposition, on top of that they also get mercedes benz vehicles. Ntchifukwa ninji mukulimbana ndi anthu ochepawa, pomwe anthu amu cabinet amasakaza ndalama zankhaninkhani zoposa anthu ochepa aku Parliament wa?

  10. bodza lekani says:

    kkkkkkk government put your house in order what was the essence of bringing this 2014 story to the nation …we all know problems in the health sector at present why don’t you concentrate on stopping the rot shame on you

  11. chitsa boys says:

    Zimene zikuchitikazi ndi ndale za anthu ophunzira ndi abusa chakwera wachepa nazo ndale za pa malawi wagwa nawo basi amaoneka ngati wochenjera wagwa nawo

  12. Bingu says:

    Poor propaganda by Jappie Mhango who was a chola boy for the past Deputy speaker, Chingola and should’ve been the first person to know that the speaker, his two deputies and Leader of opposition(who is at par with ministers) are entitled to these vehicles whose procurement was duly approved by PSC, Treasury and ODPP.Govt. also bought such vehicles for the president, first lady, veep, mininisters, dep ministers, PSs, Chief Directors and ten police commissioners.this is cheap propaganda to divert pples attention but it wont work!

  13. chitsa boys says:

    Ngati chakwera anakana kuwonjezeledwa ndalama last year chinavuta ndichiyani kukana magalimoto ndi wadyera ameneyo mukumuikila kumbuyo masapota tionama 2019 sikale dpp woyeeeee

  14. Telling the Truth says:

    What shocks me is that a lot of people think it is MCP just because Chakwera who is leader of opposition is president of MCP and the Speaker Msowoya is from MCP. Yet as Speaker and Leader of Opposition they are part of parliament which is one of the three branches of govt. Is Peter Mutharika not President of DPP? When govt bought vehicles for state president were they buying them for DPP? Why did Peter not reject the buying of the vehicles? I again say there is nothing wrong in buying the vehicles. They are for Parliament not MCP.

  15. Kwenda says:

    You a boma, MBC shame on you, there has been alot of bad things the govnt has been doing, you never aired or comented in the news, so just becouse izi zikukhuza oposition ndiye mutinyase ndi pankhani pomwe, tiyeni timalizemo zonse ndalama zilipozo, nanga pasala chaninso apa, mumafuna zabwino zonse zikhale zanu

  16. Sapitwa says:

    Some dunderheads think that if your English is well composed and grammatically correct makes you a well educated person. Not at all bambo! The bottom line is that it is not your language.

  17. Beast Msonda says:

    Hehehehe what a weak and lame defense from Msowoya and Chakwera. So government approved and not proposed. This means Chakwera and Msowoya demanded for the vehicles and government approved by granting them their demands. Wow! What a story!

  18. Bass mchphwisi says:

    You people go to Parliament and see what rot is there. Commissioners go to parliament every day to milk government with Msowoya. As we speak they have a set of allowances from the rest of us mps. Msowoya wagula phone worth 800 000 as chairman wa PSC pomwe as speaker parliament inamugulira phone kale. Ma committee sakukumana. Boma lifufuze kuti anachita approve ma allowance ama commissioners ndani. Timangokuonani mmakolodo a parliament daily. Tionetsana chaka chino

  19. jk says:

    Same Malawi politicians, who reap what others sow. Chakwera and Msowoya, why did u seek to biy such ecpensive vehiclesnin the first place? Was Malawi ever rich last year when u sought approval too buy such expensive cars? If this is what u can do in opposition, what more wud u do if u were in Government? Why did u not seek approval for a cheaper hilux? Crazy, selfish, MCP leaders or whatever u call yourselves?

  20. KARU UNITED says:

    Let’s just all of us making noise on this platform contest as MP’s in 2019 & see what these aspiring MP’s go through. Now is their time to reap the fruits of their risk taking, by venturing into politics. Hon. Msowoya & Co, this is your time.

  21. Lu Lu Nginde says:

    A Big SHAME to DPP Govt, u think u can cheat us that u were not aware with the purchase of those cars? U mean the purchase was done without the ODPP’ knowledge or approval?? then u r a sleeping govt!! Dzuka Malawi Dzuka!!!

  22. nachisale says:

    Chakwera and the speaker should have rejected the cars. So Chakwera should stop his criticism against Mutharika because he as leader of opposition is a hypocrite.

  23. chatonda says:

    The Speaker is a head of another arm of the government. Leader of Opposition is government in waiting. Are you sure they should have no cars because Tembo , Chimunthu Banda and etc bought them? Should they be using hired cars as if its the jet again? This as a country we can afford but not the jet. So no hiring for the team but use the cars and not the hired jet also, KAYA WAMVA? Buy the jet if you want to have your own as we did last time. Trace the money for the jet and bring those involved to book.

    Finally, DPP should no that the Malawi Parliament is under MCP because the speaker and Leader of Opposition are MCP. sO TREAD CAREFULLY BEOFRE YOU SAY OR DO ANYTHING. After all the opposition has more members than the ruling DPP. BWANJI PAMENEPO?

  24. Ernie says:

    The only thing that is very disheartening is that they have twisted this story targeting the villagers who don’t have access to all this info. And they are the majority of voters!

    On PURPOSE, creating a lie to feed the poor folks down there. Nde wina kumakondwerabe ndi zoterezi!! Shame on DPP and all their followers

  25. tsetsefly says:

    DPP a butch of fools that has taken advantage of illiterate people and created lies after lies. Shame on you and the new PRO who does not seem to know anything about public relations.

  26. The Analyst says:

    How come that any intelligent person can easily see that you are lying? Are you sure that the cars were ordered last year and they are just coming now? From which company? Otherwise that company could have been out of business by now for gross inefficiency. So this is not true!

    Even if the cars were ordered or bought last year, was the economy any better then for such opulence? Cant you see that you are not making sense? Now listen . . .

    Even in thievery, war, witchcraft . . . there are procedures! But this does not make these ventures desirable.

    All we are saying is: spending K75 mn for a single vehicle (i.e K300 mn fro 4) is gross carelessness when the economy is dying; oblivious of whether procedures were followed or not! Tikutero tu! Osati zomwe mukuyankha apazi iai!

    Sober up dude!

  27. DOBO says:

    Shame to all DPP supporters who just comment on issue ignorantly. Its very easy to identify their comments. Their comments are charactised by broken English,foul language,barbaric elements and disorganized nosense of vendor standards.To them, every nosense is their fact and every fact is nosense to them.To them,facts raised by Parliament are nosense.

  28. andrew kambalame says:

    if gvnment approved, why didn’t you say no since you have been critisizing the same. i thought you are in a caring party so if you are accept that huge purchase, are you really serious on what you have been telling people? It only shows that your critisism to gvnment is out of nsanje and not for poor Malawians. You too are not good Leaders.

  29. kuipa says:

    Nkhaniyi ikutichititsa manyazi ife a DPP eni eni ndipo mukumuchiti campaign Chakwela iye ali pheeeee. Inu amene amasunga thumba la ndalama za boma ndi ndani? Nanga kuvomeleza kapena kukana zofuna kugulidwa? Komatu Chakwela ndi Msowoya ndie ali ndi mphanvu zochuluka ndipo mukusowa nawo ntendere. Kwa anthu oganiza tikutha kuona kuti ngati pali kulakwa ndie analakwa ndi a executive arm of government .

  30. sapitwa says:

    The defense doesn’t hold any water. Wasn’t the budget that was used to fly the people to UNGA approved in 2014? What makes it different to the same budget for these cars that was approved in 2014? A vehicle well looked after can survive up to 10 years. If what has just happened buying vehicles with 3 years 7 months left to the next elections assuming this is what had happened with their predecessors, why sell the vehicles to them? This is where this Malawi government is senseless and no wonder people will always discredit you guys. Are you going to sell these vehicles to these guys in 3 yeas 7 months thus just actually giving them for free to put you back in the same situation you were with the next title holders?

  31. tiha says:

    dzafotokozeni pa radio onse amve .A Mvula amve .

  32. WAMISALA KUMUDZI says:

    BOWLERS CAR IS WORTH HOW MUCH ???

    HOW MUCH WORK IS HE DOING CPMPARED TO OUR SPEAKERS ???

    WHEN DID BOWLER BUY THAT CAR ???

  33. dennis says:

    Awuzeni zoona makape amangobwebwetuka osadziwa chimene chikuchitika galimoto za last year koma afuna afufuye xa ndege kodi MCP ingagule chinthu opanda boma makape osadziwa procedure muziyamba mwafufuza osangocomentor muziganiza za ndege basi hire kodi anthuwa amakonda ndege bwanji osangogula panjatu ndinu olemera kale kapena mungokambirana ndi Bushiri azikubwerekani ife a MCP NDI PP timakeera nawo za anthu wamba

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