Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) is facing political pressure from Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr George Chaponda to “cut corners” for HTD Limited to get procurement deals from government.
According to sources from ODPP, HTD Limited have been going through Chaponda to “influence” the office in approving the procurement deals against all odds.
“We are under political pressure to favour HTD Limited,” said an ODPP source.
“Minister Chaponda is backing the company and the impression being created is that HTD are doing business for the President,” said the source.
Chaponda could not pick up his phone when contacted for comment after several attempts.
But a State House official exonerated President Peter Mutharika from any business of HTD, saying if there are ministers who are engaged with the company corruptly and there will be evidence, the Head of State will not hesitate to act.
HTD registered owners are: Anawar Mahomed Sidik and Abudul Haris Mahomed Sidik, both British Passport holders.
It is a private local Limited Liability Company incorporated in Malawi in 1993 .
The company has been making political donations to the former president late Bingu wa Mutharika regime and went to be key “well-wishers” of the Joyce Banda administration bankrolling the People’s Party and continues their “generosity” in support of the current Peter Mutharika government. They recently donated a vehicle to First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi Trust.
HTD, the distributors of Kia motors in Malawi were among the companies under probe by the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), with the help of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), as Treasury paid out a sum of money estimated at K600 million (about $1.5m.)
Meanwhile, law enforcing agencies fear HTD because of their connection to the power that be and they enjoy “untroubled” status.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :