CSOs national protest on K53bn ‘uniformgate’ dominates Malawi press

Plans by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to hold a fresh nationwide protest in March against over the  K53 billion claim at the Immigration Department by  controversial businessman Abdul Karim Batawarara has dominated Malawi weekend newspapers.

HRDC ctivist to protests K53 billion claim by Abdul Karim Batawarara

Both Weekend Nation and Malawi News highlighted the news conference the  rights defenders held in Lilongwe on Friday that they  have set the demonstrations for March 20  – just four weeks before the much anticipated May 21 tripartite elections.

The civil society organisations (CSOs)  said the latest revelation of K53 billion claim at the Immigration Department  by Karim Batawarara through his firms  African Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company  is  “uniformgate” and they want to voice out against escalating levels of ‘Executive thieving and impunity’ which must be denounced.

But Malawi News did not highlight the issue of “uniformgate” for fear of  Karim Batawarara who brags to be bankrolling some journalists.

The two suppliers signed a K9 billion contract with the Immigration Department to supply uniforms but failed to honour the deal and are now demanding K53 billion, which is more than five times the agreed amount.

This has moved the coalition to ask responsible government agencies to investigate Batawarara and the award of the contracts under question for possible corruption and fraud.

The two–Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company-signed a K9 billion contract in March 2012 for uniforms they never supplied for five years only to raise the contract sum to K53 billion in 2017 – a sum which has the Immigration Department is protesting.

“This is further evidence that this government is corrupt. We have unresolved issue of K145 million involving the State President, his party and Zameer Karim and now we have this issue of K53 billion claim.

“We ask the government to cancel this dubious contract now or else we will seek legal intervention to have it cancelled. This is taxpayers’ money which must be protected,” said HRDC deputy chairperson Gift Trapence, reading a statement.

Government spokesperson Henry Mussa, who is also Minister of Information,  said if HRDC has evidence of any wrongdoing in the immigration case should report  Batawarara to relevant authorities than resorting to demonstrations.

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Kaguta
Kaguta
1 year ago

Why would you want to demonstrate for the Batatawala issue? Batatawala is the one allegedly making a fraudulent claim against government so why don’t you demonstrate against this fool ?

There is no justification coz government has actually refused to pay him through the immigration department .

A Trapence, mwakhuta ndalama za mathanyula zimene mumanamiza azungu kunja kuti ndiwe Gift, the gay guy !!!

Fotseki

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
1 year ago

Let’s go and FINISH GOGO WOPANDA MANOYU, WATIKWANA!

True Malawian
True Malawian
1 year ago

You are just wasting you time.

Roll Out ATI Now
Roll Out ATI Now
1 year ago
Reply to  True Malawian

Nope. You must feel sorrow for yourself

Manto
Manto
1 year ago

The much awaited demos! We are with you. DPP and Its old Peter atiwonjeza.

No to albino killing!
No to albino killing!
1 year ago

Ndili pambuyo panu. Gogo akuba uyu

Mmora Muroma
Mmora Muroma
1 year ago

Let justice prevail. How can poor people continue to be downtrodden by the impunity of the crooked elite in my mother land?

Arafat waku mpanyira Hamdan

Za ziiiiiiii! Mukhaula muwona inu ma CSOs

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