Tractorgate beneficiaries include Speaker, ex-VP, State House boss, Makondi: FUM asks for justice

Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) has called for justice over the alleged misappropriation and maladministration and related irregularities on the purchase and disposal of farm machinery such as tractors and shellers bought under Indian line of credit amounting to USD50 Dollars  in the infamous tractor gate.

Lunguzi:  Raised the Tractorgate issue in Parliament, saying  the decision to sel was insenstive to the needs and interests of the future egenerations

Lunguzi: Raised the Tractorgate issue in Parliament, saying the decision to sel was insenstive to the needs and interests of the future egenerations

Kapichira- Banda: We need justice on tractorcgate

Kapichira- Banda: We need justice on tractorcgate

Let them face the music on the tractors and shellers scandal

Let them face the music on the tractors and shellers scandal

Briefing journalists in Lilongwe following the trip which FUM undertook to Gorgia in USA, in order to appreciate peanut industry, FUM President, Alfred Kapichira Banda, said the tractors which have been shared amongst the rich through dubious tenders were meant for the local farmers.

“As FUM an organization which speaks for the farmers would like to condemn Government for selling the tractors because Parliament authorised the loan from India in order to help ordinary farmers,” Banda said.

Top government civil servants and politicians including Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, former vice President Khumbo Kachali, Chief of Staff and operation at State house Peter Mukhito and Foreign Minister Francis Kasaila, MCP MP Rhino Chiphiko are among beneficiaries.

Others are DPP national organisation secretary Richard  Makondi,  Grey Nyandule Phiri from the Ministry of Agriculture,r Peter Simbani from Finance Ministry, Moffat Chitimbe, Samuel Madula, , Mr Lipita from the Ministry of Agriculture,  Ivy Luhanga, Charles Kambauwa,  Muli Enterprise and Ben Botolo.

In a 46 paged Office of the Ombudsman’s (OoO) report titled “The Present toiling, the future overburdened”, which is in our possession after it was released a week ago gives account on how the whole deal flopped and became a pray to politicians and civil servants.

The report gives a clear picture into allegations of maladministration and related irregularities on the purchase and disposal of farm machinery in 2010 under Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of India line of credit worth US$ 50 million.

About 177 tractors and 144 maize shellers bought for the use of small farmers were snapped up at nominal prices by government officials, in a scam allegedly disguised as a routine auction of government equipment.

In parliament  on Thursday, MCP lawmaker Juliana Lunguzi moved a motion to ensure those botched the deal are brought to book with totality complying the Office of Ombudsman orders and recommendation to prevent the future recurrence of the same.

Lunguzi (Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member for Dedza East) moved that contrary to Section 3 of the Export-Import Bank of India (Loan) uthorisation Act, 2010 (Act no 2 of 2011), the government sold tractors obtained under the loan and asked the House to resolve that.

She said it was wrong for Malawi government to change what had been approved in National Assembly just to benefit a few elites as smallholder faremrs were left wtih no ther option other than the age-old method of agriculture.

MPs approved the motion to reverse the irregularities committed in the sale of the tractors.

In the end the tractors will not outlive the loan repayment period resulting next generation subjected to loans that they neither nor their ancestors benefited from. The present generation is tailing on the farms while the future overburdened for nothing.

The tractors, purchased for R740 000 each, were sold in 2014 for R100 000. The sale raised a paltry MK600-million (R12-million), meaning that the balance of the bank loan for the purchase of the tractors will be repaid by the Malawians’ taxpayers money.

The US$ 50 million loan was secured as a result of one of the India/African Summit where the late and former President Bingu wa Mutharika negotiated which was meant for three purposes to finance cotton processing facilities (US$ 20 million), Green Belt Initiative (GBI)-US$15 million and One Village One Product (OVOP)-US$15 million

The funds were particularly intended to procure materials for construction of earth dams and canals such as excavators, motor graders, bulldozers, trippers and farm mechanization equipment including tractors, trailers, ridges, planters and rice threshers among other.

The loan was therefore taken from EXIM Bank under Loan (Authorization) Bill, 23 of 2010 which was passed in Malawi Parliament on December 8, 2010.

The funds were in the form of a line of credit advanced to the Malawi government to be repaid over a period of twenty years after a grace of period of five years.

From Parliamentary proceedings which approved this loan, it was clearly indicated that the funds intended to move Malawi from being rain fed reliant nation with ultimate aim of ensuring self-sufficient on food production.

Eventually, Malawian farmers would start appreciating the value of their work while turning the country into an exporting one other than importing nation.

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Otonde
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M’chiyani kodi a Malawi.

Otonde
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M’chiyani kodi a Malawi?

observer@jenda
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The husband of Ivy Luhanga was the campaign coordinator for JBs initiative on one cow a family….. under PP Government. Dr Jeffrey Luhanga ndiye anali opelekela zingwe za ng’ombe kwa AMayi JB. Anachita kusiya za u PS wa Agriculture kumayenda ku ma campaign a PP….simumatiyesa kanthu… inu mumamva za Amayi basi… za PP basi…Lero Ivy ndi uyu akususa mu zama tractor. A Malawi mudzichita nthumanzi… nthawi iliyonse kupezeka pa chipwilikiti. Ivy PS okonda kugwetsa nduna zake. Mabodza thoo. Lero zakuonekela. Atupele be careful.

Khima
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Big Up Juliana with your efforts, for once we have seen logical process of handling utsilu umachitika mdziko lino. Dziko lino anthu alibe mantha. People of Malawi lekani kusunga nkhani mumtima the little you know about evil BRING IT OUT

chipatso mbewe
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Cry the beloved country

concerned citizen
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In countries where political leadership is true to duty and in parliament for the people; this can not happen that, the whole legislature can connive to derail a project that was meant for the improvement of the agriculture sector. It just shows that we have greedy politicians ( if they can be called so). We might as well call them fortune seekers who are there to plunder the country. We demand justice. They should return the tractors and no refund given because they connived to steal what belongs to Malawians

malawi walero akuba ndi amayi omwe
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malawi walero akuba ndi amayi omwe

Ivy Luhanga tractorgate tsopano..wachoka plotgate, housegate walowa mu ma tractor tsopano. Zochititsa manyazi mzimayi otani iwe?

Kwenengwe
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Makala a moto akhale pa mitu ya anthu odzikonda ngati awa!!!!!!. Kubera a Malawi osauka.Tujumu tukumu ndi zinthu za kuba. We (Malawians) want our tractors back.

Mr Phinde
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Ivy Luhanga zoona zimenezo. Kupanda chilungamo. Mulungu akuona. Kuzunza anthu osalakwa pa ministry pano uku ukupanga zako. Satana otamba masana.

Nsipe-Bawi
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Chaponda also got 4 tractors and 2 maize shellers

Kwacha Malawi
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On the list beneficiaries of loan, you have overlooked another senior person in the Civil Service by the name of Mr William C. Kantayeni (Director of Administration) in Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development preciously he was in OPC as Director of Cabinet. He bought one while he was transferred to Ministry of Labour last year. The price is about K6,000,000.00 and he will pay seventy two months. This worrisome indeed because these people are already well to do people then they oppressed the poor people denying them live a life of betterment. MPs please investigate thoroughly this… Read more »
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