Chilima calls for probe into award of K70bn Malawi military hospital project

Malawian Vice President Saulos Chilima has called for a probe on how a contractor who bid US$105 for the construction of a military hospital has been left out by the government in favour of a bidder of  US$206 million.

Ngoni cultural welcome for Chilima in Nctheu
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Chilima exposes corrupt military hospital deal
Crowds at the Nsipe rally in Ntcheu

Chilima, who is also UTM Party presidential candidate in the May 21 elections,  spilled the beans during a campaign rally at his home Nsipe in Ntcheu Saturday afternoon when he wound up his six day tour of Balaka and Ntcheu.

He wondered why government wants to give the contract for the military hospital to someone who bid US$100 million more.

“The highest bidder was at US$105 million and someone bid with US$100 million more and you want to give this contract to this person. Do you know that’s K70 billion what do you want to do with this money?” wondered Chilima.

He called for  investigating bodies to do their job and it is not up to him to give them evidence.

“As for me, I will give this evidence when it’s necessary more especially after 21 May 2019,” said Chilima.

Malawi government plan to construct a modern military hospital for Malawi Defence Force where the facility will be equipped with an air ambulance at Kamjuzu Barracks in Lilongwe.

Construction of a hospital at the Kamuzu Barracks was one of the recommendations by the Commission of Inquiry into circumstances of the death of late President Bingu wa Mutharika in April of 2012.

Among others, the Justice Elton Singini inquiry observed that, referring a whole Head of State to a public hospital- as was the case with late Bingu wa Mutharika- compromised the president’s security and privacy.

Therefore, the Commission recommended that: “Government needs to construct or establish a presidential medical facility at the headquarters of the Malawi Defence Force in Lilongwe which is the seat of Government where the President regularly resides.”

In his speech at the rally, Chilima also wondered why investigating bodies are selective in investigating corruption cases in the country.

“Someone got K145 million as a donation to an account he solely signs and they did not investigate.

“There was also the Escom generators deal and the fuel that was stolen at Escom, this too was not investigated.

“And you want to investigate allegations that UTM wants to rig the elections when we all know that these allegations are not true,” said a highly charged Chilima.

Paulendo! Paulendo!

Chilima urged the people who registered to go and vote as he alleyed fears that the election will be rigged.

He said it is clear that DPP will be going out of government in the next three weeks.

“That is why they are making all these allegations that we want to rig the elections when we win on 21st May. But this will not happen we are working so hard, campaigning hard to win these elections not rig them,” said Chilima.

He led a chant of “Paulendo! Paulendo!” – meening its time to pack up and go for DPP.

The Nsipe rally marks the end of  Chilima’s five-day marathon whistle stop tours in Ntcheu and Balaka.

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mtete
mtete
3 years ago

Reintroduce the Central Tender Board comprising nothing but professionals. The current PPAD is infested with sympathisers who have sold their professionalism and integrity to DPP thieves,

namatetule
3 years ago

Ulira chokuwa Chilima. Come 21st May, uzadwa tuvi tako.

Anganga
Anganga
3 years ago

Those who said Chilima anali wotuwa , why do u live in denial? Chilima joined DPP already rich .

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
3 years ago
Reply to  Anganga

Amafuna kuba chipani cha DPP awa…….why do you ignore this fact? Spread rumours that his boss had died abroad? Do you know this? Was already rich – my foot! Why is he getting Veep sary and perks while sitting phwiii? Kuba kwa Arafat kupose apa?aaaahhhh….inuuuuu

Favour of Yahweh
3 years ago

Kikikiki Chilima, you surprise me so much. So to you the lowest bid is the right one. Procurement of good and services doesn’t mean that. We are crying for poor workmanship I some of our roads and buildings because we went for the cheapest who did not do a good job because they are focusing on profit. We are talking of high quality hospital which will have high quality equipment. This is a capital asset we don’t want it to fall apart because the contractors bought China goods( zosalimba) because he was looking on making profit. Time has come for… Read more »

Mtaba
3 years ago

The law says we go for lowest bidder. Change the law first.

The advocator
3 years ago

Then why are we all happy to see escom cancelling that extravagant demolition contract!! Kkk. Amalawi, why are you busy failing the nation.

National CEO
National CEO
3 years ago

Favour of Yahweh, were you part of the Procurement committee?

Ndendeuli
Ndendeuli
3 years ago

Whoever made the recommendation for the hospital needs to be exiled. These thieving presidents dont need special hospitals! They steal money meant for hospitals making people suffer. They deserve to die horrible deaths like the way Bingu died. When they die, let them rot first like what the PS for health Dr Dan Namarika did to Bingu.

Moya
Moya
3 years ago

When u vote for a hyenas to manage your goat khola and now you are wondering why goats are missing ? Now come may 21st. some will still vote for the hyena to manage our khola, how insane or sick is malawi nation? We need to be recolonised again i think.

Bwande
Bwande
3 years ago

Achikulire, bid iliyonse amalemba kuti bidding the lowest amount does not necessarily mean you will win the bid and be accepted simply because it is the lowest. May be the one who bid $100 million more knows that if they are to do quality work that is what it will take to come up with the right job. Stick with important issues Mr. VP so that people can take you seriously otherwise you are spreading yourself too thin. Some times you sound like you are bitter that people in the DPP Team A are accessing resources which you cannot in… Read more »

Rad Sillo
Rad Sillo
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

Akulu in governement we chose the lowest bid. Sumazitsa nawe. Kagwire boma kuti udziwe

Chosen1
Chosen1
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

True bwande

Yyna
Yyna
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

Bwande you are insane, another hyna, pumbwa. Ulibe chisoni. Amalawi tikuvutika chifukwa cha anthu oyipa akuba ngati owe ndi DPP.

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

It’s TRUE. It is not neccessarily the lowest money that make the bid low. Before the work is offered for tender engineers work out estimates as to how much the work will cost. Therefore we look at realistic bidder that will deliver according plan

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
3 years ago
Reply to  Chilungamo

@Chilungamo
Ndiwe cha fake CADET
Find the other name

Ken
Ken
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

You know its all corruption. When chilima speaks everybody listens and it turns out to be true. Hes exposing corruption. Tou have to appreciate it. Leave partisan politics aside.

Umphawi suonankhope
Umphawi suonankhope
3 years ago
Reply to  Bwande

Look at the difference boss. the margin is too much. I agree with you but you should also look at the difference. it is about 100% higher, mmmmm. i smell a rat here

Jaan
Jaan
3 years ago

It does not matter at what price te tender may be the fact is there would be surveyors from the government side who will make sure that it is oer contract that the work is carried out and the standard of work and make sure that it is as per contract also what is needed is KYC of the contractors

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
3 years ago

The problem is these dubious deals were happening even before your relationship soured. How come you are not mentioning the construction of DC offices by Masangwi which APM himself said anangompatsa Masangwi. How many bad procurements happened at Escom when you were in charge of reforms. You were and are part of the problem.

Pumbwa
Pumbwa
3 years ago

Based on the figures DPP is swimming in, the mansions and lodges they have built, houses bought off shore, offshore accounts, just proves to me that Malawi is rich.

Kuliwononga dziko ngati Pumbwa akudya zipwete.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
3 years ago

Chimulirenji pulled bigger crowds than Chilima has.

Sato
Sato
3 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

Anthu wotuta ngati chimanga plz nanunso

The advocator
3 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

So what!!

Ankhwinda
Ankhwinda
3 years ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

It depends kuti Chimulirenji anthuwo anawatenga kuti ndi lorry za Boma at least Chilima anthu akumakhala akomweko & take note olembesa dela lomwe anapitalo ndi 41 thousand ndiye sungayembeze kuti kukhale anthu mpaka 70 thousand pa tsokhano

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