HRDC asks ACB to investigate corruption at Mera, City Motors over procurement of mobile van

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has penned the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), asking the graft-busting body to investigate Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) for a probable violation of the laws in the procurement of a new mobile laboratory fuel testing van.

Trapence: There should be investigations

HRDC says it has received some information, pertaining to the contract MERA awarded to City Motors for the said laboratory van for the contract value of K704 million.

However, the coalition stresses in the letter that it is simply playing the role of a good and responsible citizen by blowing the whistle blow on the matter.

“On 7th May 2019, MERA paid City Motors MK563, 200,000.00 which translates into 80 percent as advance payment. Our reading of the procurement laws, especially the Procurement Regulations, shows that it is illegal to make advance payment in purchase of goods procured locally,” says the letter, which the HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence has signed alongside his national coordinator Luke Tembo.

Other signatories to the letter are Happy Mhango, regional chairperson for the North, Madalitso Banda, the regional chairperson for the East, Masauko Thawe, the regional chairperson for the South and Billy Mayaya who is the regional chairperson for the Centre.

According to the letter, MERA advertised for the procurement of a mobile fuel testing laboratory van. On 3rd April 2019, MERA entered into a contract with City Motors for the supply of the said laboratory van for the contract value of K704 million.

Almost a year later, on 17th April 2020, MERA paid MK140.8 million to City Motors translating to 20% of the contract sum.

The letter observes that the mobile laboratory van was delivered to MERA in April 2020, a year after the contract was agreed. Furthermore, delivery was made almost a year after the 80 advance payment.

The coalition alleges that on 2nd March 2020, two MERA staff members, Bright Mbewe and Nelson Mandala, went to Johannesburg, South Africa, to inspect the laboratory van.

“They submitted a report to their management. This report was used to pay the above said 20 percent. This raises several questions including why MERA dealt with City Motors (a middleman with no known expertise in fuel testing) when they could have procured directly and cheaply from suppliers. We also are surprised why MERA was involved with a South African dealer and not leave that to City Motors,” says the coalition.

It further states that their information shows that the van did not come with the equipment as stipulated in the contract.

“Furthermore, we are informed that the contract indicated that the van would be an IVECO DAILY PANEL VAN but what has been delivered is a MITSUBISHI. We appeal to ACB to commence the investigations as soon as possible and that the anti­corruption body will update the nation when the investigations have started,” pleads the coalition.

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Kanjedza
Kanjedza
1 year ago

Which City Motors is this. There is one in Blantyre and another in LLW. They are a seperate entities. The average price at the tender opening was +/- 250 million except for City motors. The original tender was cancelled saying they had no funds . After a year they awarded to City Motors. Did City Motors give a bank guarantee for the advance payment. Also it is not about the vehcile, it was more important about the equipment for which there is only one manufacturer in EU. Also did City Motors submit a genuine manufacturers authorisation letter to comply with… Read more »

God is with Us = Emmanuel

How people got jobs at MERA is questionable. Go to Egenco and you will find young engineers connected to the defeated government. It’s not only about money but also how people got jobs and how they got promoted. ESCOM and other Parastatals used to bankroll Mlakho wa Alomwe as well. There is also TEVETA which is rotten.

Central
Central
1 year ago

Go deeper, and you will agree with me that the van issue is merely a grain of sand and not even a stone or a piece of rock! Magalasi anachita zambiri ku MERA, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa van, pali chani pamenepa Magalasi ndi chimbava cha dzimbava dzikulu dzikulu! When are you visiting ESCOM?

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
1 year ago

HRDC you are acting as if you are a Government. The fact that the party you supported is now in power it does not mean Malawians should be responsto you and answer to you. Mukuonjeza now

Collins Namkhulupa
Collins Namkhulupa
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

Umbuli wanji muli nawo uwu?

444444No
444444No
1 year ago

Just close this useless Dpp organization called Mera,they are useless to the bone only chewing our taxes
We don’t need mera its useless

NYEKHWE NO. 1
1 year ago

Tiyeninaoni a Pumbwawo. Musawasiye choncho ayi !!!!

Piper
Piper
1 year ago

Corruption of this levels is just incomprehensible! Malawi is beyond me… Drain the swamp one by one.

Katswanya
Katswanya
1 year ago
Reply to  Piper

Dpp and Udf have fucked up our Malawi, Kuba ndalama zathu mopanda chisoni,iwo ndikumalemela , dziko ndikumangosoukilasaukila,

Banda
Banda
1 year ago
Reply to  Piper

Disgusting how some have such greed and selfishness when so many live and go to school in such poor conditions. Am all for it to seize their assets and return each of them to the Village.

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