ACB to probe Macra over stench of corruption

Corruption-busting body has confirmed that it will  investigate Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA)  over allegations of corruption during the reign of  top boss Godfrey Redson Itaye.

Matemba: We will probe

Nyasa Times has been consistently reporting that Itaye  was at the center of top level corruption including awarding dubious contracts to his own parents in laws and is also alleged to have pocketed $150 thousand dollars bribe from Agilis International, a firm contracted to upgrade the controversial CIRMS well known as ‘ spy’ machine.

ACB Director-General Reyneck Matemba confirmed  the investigations will commence and that it has also been moved by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC)  to probe the organisation in relation to suspected looting of close to K1 billion.

The allegations  include the withdraw of K10 million, between January and June 2020, without supporting documents, that is purported to have been shared among the regulator’s managers.

In a letter dated August 11, 2020, HRDC also questions a K750 million ($1 million) payment to a firm known as AGLIS. The machine allegedly did not need any upgrade.

“It is alleged that the machine is working properly and did not need any upgrade. However, management and AGLIS are suspected to have conspired so that AGLIS would indicate that there was need for an upgrade and were then paid $1 million.

“Subsequently, no upgrade was done and Macra was not repaid the money. It is alleged that the money was shared between some Macra staff members and AGLIS,” reads the HRDC letter in part.

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence confirmed to have penned the letter, saying it was part of the organisation’s whistle-blowing initiative that has seen the reporting to ACB of numerous maladministration conducts that took place during the Democratic Progressive Party-led administration.

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Chuwakwabyama
Chuwakwabyama
10 months ago

ndipo osadzisiya nkhani zimenezi, nawoni…….!

Matibwa
Matibwa
10 months ago

This is where our colleagues in the western world prove that they are miles ahead of us. If a person is under suspicion of this magnitude, why should they continue to be a budget holder and key decision-maker elsewhere? The same Itaye now has the luxury of having the final say on payments at Lilongwe Water Board, another cash cow for the political elite in this country. Nothing has changed! And the reactive approach of the ACB is not helpful at all, also considering that they have had few successful prosecutions of high profile cases.

Chuwakwabyama
Chuwakwabyama
10 months ago
Reply to  Matibwa

u r 100% right ndiye akamatiseka kuti we r backwards tidzidandaulanso!

William Chirwa
10 months ago

ACB seems you are now working. So my plea is ehhh can you go to the Judiciary and investigate how they arrived at K7 billion on the presidential case. You its my tax going there and the cost to a layman was about or more than K1 billion per month. Almost the cost of running the Egenco gensets per month. If you really work professionally try what am asking you. You will find problems which you already said concerning them and your office by valazolimba and do it if not corruption won’t be conquered. Good luck Rayneck will ask progress… Read more »

Benjones
Benjones
10 months ago

To many stories but no conclusion.

Mpweya zii
Mpweya zii
10 months ago
Reply to  Benjones

Koma ndipo inu

minister of zodiak
minister of zodiak
10 months ago

ACB must probe the judiciary it is stinking with corruption. even was supposed to be retired chief justice andrew nyirenda confessed about corruption within his arm of government.

Uyo
Uyo
10 months ago

Not just itaye, there is also a greek man that sits on the board. He has embezzled huge money through bribes for contracting awarding too. Obviously it’s been in collaboration with itaye. Anyway I’m sure awululana.
And Agilis ndi ndani. Hu is the name behind Agilis?

Operation Chotsa Mbava
Operation Chotsa Mbava
10 months ago
Reply to  Uyo

Thats Konrad Buckle of Nyasa Manufacturer. He is a big thief. Probe him with all Macra board members as chair is also involved in all dubious deals.

Mdala
Mdala
10 months ago

We read about cars bought by MACRA and handed over to the former ruling party DPP? We wonder for the delay from ACB side to move into MACRA? We as citizens would also like to know everything concerning the so called spying machine and how it effects our privacy? Lastly, we as public need cheaper accsse to the internet especially in times of Convid-19! The local telecommunication companies argued in the past MACRA and government charging them heavily in tax and fees! How did this squandering of funds at MACRA affect our exesive high data and communication cost? Please Minister… Read more »

John Masikiabayankhope
John Masikiabayankhope
10 months ago

Please deal. The architect of it all is now with LWB, it will be easy for him to be picked and kept just within Area 3.

Corruption free malawi
10 months ago

Ma evidence analipo ndi kale so don’t delay . We heard about fake calendars deal and payment.

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