Probe HTD Limited on cashgate affair without fear or favour -Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has instructed Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Financial Intelligence Unit and tax collecting body MRA to thoroughly investigate HTD Limited on leads that they have been enjoying the favours of the government pay-out thought to have been made against dubious transactions – cashgate – where they were involve in illegal externalization of forex and money laundering, Nyasa Times understands.

HTD boss (right) with President Mutharika at the launch of Abdul Majid Motor City

HTD boss (right) with President Mutharika at the launch of Abdul Majid Motor City

Reports indicate HTD Limited were implicated with some cashgate cheques and that they externalised forex to UK where the company managers have the British citizenship.

The President has told the law enforcement agencies to do their job professionally and that he has nothing to do with the company.

“I have nothing to do with HTD. If they are found to be in the wrong, let the law take its course,” the President is said to have told investigators.

HTD Limited is alleged to have received payments from Malawi Defence Force without supplying items.

On 20th August 2013, HTD received two payments from MDF vote amounting to K 331,975,000 and K 300,000,000 through cheque numbers 210600 and 210601, respectively.

Closer examination of the cheques reveals that the two cheques were issued same day and on consecutive cheque leaves. This is one characteristic of cash gate cheques and an audit query.

HTD registered owners are: Anawar Mahomed Sidik and Abudul Haris Mahomed Sidik, both British Passport holders.

They hold bank accounts at 5 different commercial banks. Two of the Banks are frequently ususpected of being used for forex externalization mostly to Iveco Company (RSA) Vehicle delivery Services (RSA) KIA Motors Corporation (South Korea) Red Sea Trading (Hong Kong), Guava International (UK), Reinder (Hong Kong) and Mobis Parts Middle East.

British Prime Minister David Cameron promises to act against corrupt foreigners who buy up luxury properties in the UK using secretive holding companies to hide their “dirty money”.

Cameron vows that UK must not become a safe haven for plundered or laundered cash.

Investigations have revealed that only Iveco, Guava and KIA are the suppliers of the vehicles. Vehicle Delivery Services, a division of Onelogix (Pty) Ltd is a major operator in auto-logistics throughout the Southern African region. These could be in no doubt the likely transporters of the vehicles from South Africa to Malawi.

However, documents we have seen show that invoices from KIA and Guava International are CIF inclusive to Blantyre. This means there was no need to externalize funds to different transport players as vehicle freight is already included in the supplier invoice.

In some cases, payments were made to different name from the invoice. This is despite invoice carrying correct Bank details for the supplier.

Biggest beneficiary appears to be Red Sea Trading and they are for different items. On a particular invoice they were charging for Transporting Range Rovers while at another point it was just described as furniture.

Nyasa Times investigations have also revealed that Red Sea trade in many things, however Cars are not part of their business.

But on a number of invoices, Red Sea charged thousands of US Dollars for shipping a vehicle from South Korea to Durban despite invoice from South Korea indicating CIF. Red Sea Trading further quoted HTD Limited hundreds of US Dollars for furniture for its offices.

Despite paying KIA Motors for vehicles, they seem to be also paying Reindeer Associates, based in Hong Kong, for KIA vehicles. Invoices from Reindeer Associates have CIF to Blantyre via Durban and therefore no need for HTD to pay a transporter.

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Sahil Patel
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that’s the way to go my president, root out corruption and ignore ntata

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