ACB, Fiscal Police clear ICTC Malawi in K5bn textbooks deal — Attorney General

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  has cleared ICTC Malawi, a local ICT company,  on the multi-billion kwacha textbooks contract with  Ministry of Education, according to a letter Attorney General Charles Mhango has written to Treasury as seen by Nyasa Times.

Mrs Jane Shycal Nthakomwa of ICTC: No wrong doing

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In a letter dated March 27 2018 reference number MJCA/AG/238, Attorney General is informing  the Secretary to Treasury, Ben Botolo, on request for his letter on ‘no objection’ to pay the supplier   Inspired Computer Technology Company (ICTC), that ACB is no longer investing the ICT company.

African Development Bank (AfDB) had written Treasury to stop payment to the firm until investigations are concluded.

This was after  High Court in Lilongwe also ordered the graft-busting body to investigate how ICTC won the tender –  which was splitted with Mallory JV – against another bidder TradeWings Limited who  claimed to have been successful  bidder without an offer letter or contract.

Trade Wings are being investigated by  Competition and Fair Trading Commission (CFTC) on allegations of  bid rigging.

“The ACB has confirmed that at the time of stopping their investigations, the ACB did not establish any corrupt behaviour on the part of the supplier, ICTC.” Attorney General wrote in the letter.

Mhango said ACB referred the  matter to Fiscal and Fraud Section of the Malawi Police for investigations  over allegations of a fraudulent bank guarantee letter from the consolidator.

But the Attorney General said Fiscal Police have  closed their investigations and “did not establish any fraudulent action nor  wrong-doing by the supplier- ICTC.”

Attorney General said government should perform its legal obligation under the contract with the supplier by paying ICTC in full to avoid exposing Capital Hill to legal liability.

The government chief legal adviser  informed Secretary to Treasury Ben Botolo to inform AfDB that investigations have come to a logical conclusion and that ICTC have been cleared.

Ministry of Education, Science and Technology spokesperson Lindiwe Chide confirmed they have been informed about the development.

Head of Fiscal Police Isaac Norman, when asked about the matter,  said they closed the docket “and we do not have a case against ICTC now.”

Managing director at ICTC Jane Nthakomwa and chief executive officer Partridge Shycall  reserved their comment.

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I can bet my last dollar that ICTC, Mallory JV, TradeWings, ACB and Fiscal Police, have had their hands in the cookie jar. I can say it without fear or contradition that “bondo” has changed hands. finish! There is no way a K4 billion contact would be concluded and awarded without interested parties getting “something”.Ccorruption is so embedded in Malawi’s government culture that even those who are supposed to be gatekeepers have also joined the craze. If we had to appoint an external but highly qualified local investigator; to investigate the investigators, then the truth will come out.

Adada
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Adada

Uyu mzimayi siuja adamupanga abduct ? sha.. inali yoopsatu

Muluphale
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As a country let’s support our companies don’t allow these azungu export our monies.

VICTOR
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Viva ICTC Viva ACB for ending these investigations amicably it’s time Malawi to support our own companies

NANKHUNI
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INE NDINGOTI ICTC OYEEEEEE, VIVA ACB, VIVA POLICE

MUNTHALI
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Bwana DZUKANIMALAWI kondani dziko lanu mwina mmakondwa with CHINESE WINNING CONTRACTS IN MALAWI

BAKUKAYA
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Oh was offline but honestly this is sweet news VIVA ICTC VIVA ACB

MUYUDA
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CONGRATS ICT FOR THIS WE HAVE BEEN PLAYING FOR YOU GOD IS GREAT TISAMVE WINA AKUTI FEFEMFE NKHANI YATHA BWINO IYI TUFUNA MABUKU IFE

MUYUDA
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IFE MONGA MA RASTAS TILI PAMBUYO P ZOMWE ACHITA A ACB PA NKHANI YA ICTC TAKONDWA KUTI LERO NKHANI YOSE YATHA. TISAMVE KUTI WINA AKUSOKONEZASO, OUR CHILDREN NEED BOOKS.

CHIKAONDA
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In economics any country develops when it is doing alot in doing its own businesses.
Lets not over rely foreiogners.
Congrats ICTC

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