HRDC exposes Reserve Bank of Malawi K1.8bn procurement scandal: Flouts procedure in awarding contracts to Mitra

Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) is not looking good as Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has descended on them, exposing a procurement scandal amounting to about K1825866022.79.

HRDC’s Trapence (L) and Rev macdonald Sembereka: ACB should investigate these allegations.
In its letter dated 12th November 2020 to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) boss Reyneck Matemba, HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence notes  allegations of abuse of office in the procurement of ATC Equipment (RBM/ICT/008) and procurement of ICT hardware for flexicube upgrade (RBM/Ict/007/02) of the Reserve Bank of Malawi.
Trapence says they received allegations that three companies bid for the procurement of ATS equipment: namely,Market Insights Tracking (Mitra) MK1,068,732,141.30; Sparc Systems Ltd MK 989,865,480.39 and Move Secure MK 874,980,291.80.
He adds that it alleged that bids for the procurement of ICT hardware for Flexicube upgrade were as follows: Oranux MK1, 049,631,250.82; Sparc System Ltd MK 976,851,674.00; and Mitra Systems MK 757,133,881.49.
However, notes Trapence, it is further alleged that only two companies, Sparc Systems and Mitra, passed the administration evaluation and proceeded to technical and financial evaluation.
“It is further alleged that Sparc Systems came first in this evaluation. It is, however, alleged that RBM has a policy that states that two big contracts cannot be given to one company and thus to hedge the risk, the evaluation team recommended splitting the awards.
“It is further alleged that this resolution was made even though Mitra has been in operation for less than three years and therefore does not have enough experience,” said Trapence.
Shocking it is alleged that when seeking “no objection” from PPDA, RBM doctored documentation to indicate only Mitra satisfied the bid requirements and thus recommended that both contracts should be awarded to Mitra.
HRDC hence has appealed to ACB to investigate these allegations.
There was no quick reaction from RBM and ACB.

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CITIZEN
CITIZEN
5 months ago

To the writer of this article, you have got ATC, ICT and ATS equipment , all in the same article. Exactly which is which? And all this abbreviations have come without first of being presented in full form, a no no in laws of the English language. May be that’s why you have ended up with three different abbreviations without realising the error.

Nyekhwe Itsanana
Nyekhwe Itsanana
5 months ago

Who says Sparc systems came first? show us the evidence and what was RBM looking for in 1.8bn kwacha. RBM procurement department show us the evaluation results so that we should not be commenting on hearsay!

Benjones87
Benjones87
5 months ago

Thanks to HRDC we get to know what is happening all corruption would have been hidden under the carpet. Even the new administration is how creating suspicion.

Khekhi
Khekhi
5 months ago

Mitra is a fraudulent company. Ask for references from companies they have ever done business with…akuuzani

Chalo
5 months ago

When did these occurrences happen?
Good reporters must have indicated date dates when these alleged misfeasance had been committed.

Cairo
Cairo
5 months ago
Reply to  Chalo

You are a big fool, in your mind you think it was DPP time, Nooooo, its under Tonse Alliance government on their watch. Inu mmati chaaaa, these guys are there to loot government coffers to the benefit of the big fish in government.

Masozi
Masozi
5 months ago

Whoever leaks information to hrdc should be prosecuted. This is a crime

Chalo
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

We live in a world of transparency

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Reserve Bank is a government institution subject to these probes and inline with ATI law that is if Chakwera had signed the ATI bill.

PelomaPepe
PelomaPepe
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Are you one of the cuplrits? 😂😂

Central
Central
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

This strongly demonstrates that you are either the culprit or got a share from this? Forget about your primitive laws! we’re now under ATI!! Tiye nawo Trapence amenewoooooooo!!

Yonseyonse Sindyeka
Yonseyonse Sindyeka
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

We are in ATI era! Wake up!

Khekhi
Khekhi
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

This kind of thinking is why corruption was very high

Lego
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Why should he/she must be prosecuted?

Mphaa
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Masozi means tears. Why are u crying? You shld rot in jail yourself!

Cairo
Cairo
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Nonsense, iwenso mbuzi, muonanso more things hidden coming out!

Mona
Mona
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

Iweso ndiye kuti umaba nawotu? Ukuopa unyolo

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
5 months ago
Reply to  Masozi

ATI law in play; not sweeping dirty under the carpet. Whatever we do, we need to do/ act in earnest, honesty & integrity (by its real definition not doctored integrity) should prevail

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