Favouritism in Malata Subsidy, DPP functionalies benefit more in tenders –Malawi News

Controversy has rocked the t Decent and Affordable Housing (Cement and Malata Subsidy Programme) with revelations that there has been favouritism as tenders were awarded mostly to ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) functionaries.

Chipangula: No

Chipangula: We followed due process of tendering

Parliament allowed Government to spend K7 billion in the 2014/2015 financial year for the programme.

In a report by Malawi News on Saturday, June 20, 2015, on a list of 48 suppliers for Lilongwe District, four companies whose owners are linked to the ruling party include Mulli Brothers Limited and a company trading as CPA that belongs to DPP deputy publicity secretary Zeria Chakale.

DPP Regional Secretary for the Centre trading as Adona Investments is also on the list just like Makuta Building Contractor whose proprietor is President Peter Mutharika’s special advisor on women affairs Anne Makuta.

Other companies on the list include AKA Group of Companies, Brownstones, Chembe Trading, Dee Investments, Door2Door and Equatorial Kings.

The lists also includes Chacabex, Claj, Cleolive International, EDN Lines, Far Distribution, Far West, Farmers World, Felton G. Enterprises, S. Filimoni and Fox G.D.

Others are Good Investments, Havilah Traders, Hydroplan Engineering, Ireen Investments, Jayvee Investments, Kudakwashe, Lens Investment, Lileza Investment, Majaye Investment, Uni General Dealers, Moigi, WD Investments, Sealand, MSO and Ogotirwa.

These companies are expected to supply cement bags, galvanised wire, wire nails, roofing nails and iron sheets.

But Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development insisted there was no abuse of power and that tenders were floated and procedures followed in indentifying the suppliers.

Deputy Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Eunice Chipangula told Malawi News:“We followed the due process of tendering in line with the Procurement Act. Even the identification of the suppliers was done in such a way that we did not look at their politics but application. We have a detailed report on how it was done and we can share it with you if you want it.”

A ministerial statement delivered in Parliament by former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Bright Msaka, on September 19, 2014 stated that the DPP government sought the support of Parliament to promote the use of iron sheets for roofing, and cement for flooring, plastering, in house construction and house improvement throughout the country, especially for low income Malawians.

Building costs in Malawi are said to be the highest in the southern African region and it is estimated that it costs 55 percent higher to construct any building in the country compared to other countries within the region, according to a recent study by the University of Malawi.

The study, conducted in 2012, shows that the high costs of construction in Malawi are to blame for the astronomical costs of construction in the country.

A quantity surveyor at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, Rodrick Chipunde is on record criticising the cement subsidies.

He argued that reducing the cement price is a welcome idea but should be done through inviting more players into the cement manufacturing business, stressing that the proposed subsidy programme is not good for the country’s economy.

Chilipunde, who is the Head in the Department of Land Economics and Quantity Surveying, suggested that the DPP government is “trying to gain political mileage at the expense of economic gains.”

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College political analyst Blessings Chinsinga—who has published studies on subsidies in Malawi—is on record saying that subsidies on their own are not bad but, he explained, it is the design of the subsidised projects that is problematic.

Chancellor College  political science lecturer Boniface Dulani is also on record arguing that subsidies have not helped Malawi over the past years and that it has deprived government of money that should have been used to provide essential services in sections such as health and education.

According to Dulani, other than promoting subsidies, “the best way is to create jobs so that people can earn enough to buy food, iron sheets and cement.”

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Mbalamezanyanja
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Amalawi pindani maondo atimenyera nkhondo Mulungu mwini zonse akunama amenewa

Raw stuffer
Guest

I have no problems if some DPP functioneries won tenders as long as due procedures were followed. Out of the 48 companies only for have been linked to DPP functioneries. However if there is evidence to back the allegation of irregularities during the tendering process, let the perpetrators dance to the music without fear and favour.

Bakha Nkhomano
Guest

Inu a Kongelesi kwanu ndi kulira basi. Munapha a Malawi kokwanira. Munathamangitsa Atumbuka. Ngakhale mutalira chotani, MCP ndi chipani cha five districts only – Kasungu, Dowa, Ntchisi, Lilongwe ndi Mchinji basi. The mighty DPP is a big deal in all regions of Malawi. Southern Region, Central Region, Eastern Region and Northern Region. Zamunyasa akolope Lake Malawi.

powder
Guest

you are saying 5out of 48 then what is wrong with this? who are the remaining 43? so you mean ma members a dpp should not do any busines? nsanje! nyasa mukamawagwirira ganyu a opposition musamachite kuonekera you will loose your dignity and to restore will take more time

Chims
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Malawians living under loaded

BigMan
Guest

So if you happen to be a businessman or woman who also supports DPP then you should not be allowed to win a tender? nonsense!

THE WISE ONE
Guest

Those four got the Lions share of the 7 billion. The rest are there to blind us that many companies are involved.. DPP mwatani?

Hoitty
Guest

Bola muzapangedi supply katunduyo otherwise mudzaona waona Lutepo ndi anzake. I don’t mind if the group consists of 90% DPP kaya lomwe kaya Tumbuka bola ali a Malawi osati 80% amwenye ngati momwe amachitira a PP ndi UDF. A mwenye kwao ku Pakistan sangapereke contract kwa Mmalawi. wake up Malawians.

chriss
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Koma how can the whole district of Zomba receive matabwa from Lilongwe eish DPP tukulani amalonda omwe Ali m’ma district momwemo

Bob
Guest

Have yoy read a book titled ‘Stealing made easy’

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