HRDC takes Fresenius Medical Care to ACB over ‘corrupt’ deal at Queens hospital

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has dragged a South African medical supplier, Fresenius, to graft-busting body, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) over a ‘shady’ deal in procurement of a dialysis machine for Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) .

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence: ACB should investigate Ministry of health over Fresenius Medical care corruption

A notice served to ACB indicates that HRDC is troubled with how Fresenius Medical Care got the deal without tendering and numerous anomalies the single sourcing route that was used.

This anomaly, HRDC says, is in violation of the single-sourcing provisions of the Public Procurement laws and regulations since 2015.

“The Ministry of Health is allegedly reported to be coercing the Director General of the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) to give supply contracts to Fresenius for dialysis services to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Kamuzu Central Hospital for another 5 years without tendering and total disregard of the determinations given by PPDA on the appeals of the Ministry of Health on their wishes,” reads part of the notice.

It adds: “This sets a dangerous precedent for not complying with procurement laws and should not be tolerated.”

HRDC says it strongly suspects that some officials at Ministry of Health  – reportedly captured by Fresenius with bribes – are abusing their offices and powers by misleading PPDA to extend the contract for their benefits and cover up for Fresenius.

The civil rights group says it is troubled with Fresenius’s involvement in Malawi’s procurement deals when the company has a punctured track record in other countries.

“Even more troubling is the fact that the Ministry of Health is allegedly pushing for supply contracts with Fresenius that lack transparency at the time when the same company is allegedly reported on the global stage to be involved in the unethical corporate practices of getting businesses in many countries in Africa and beyond by corrupting officials.”

Fresenius is reported to have been found in the wrong by the US Justice Department for paying bribes to government officials to win or retain business in several countries.

The US penalized Fresenius with a $231 million fine for this misconduct.

The alert comes at a time when government is intensifying its fight against corruption especially in procurement of services and material in government institutions.

HRDC demands that Fresenius should not have more business to transact in Malawi until it is investigated and cleared by ACB.

ACB is yet to officially comment on the matter but inside sources say the issue has been logged into the registry and will be acted upon with the speed it deserves.

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Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
5 months ago

HRDC is more powerful than MPS and mark me these guys will form the next government.They are doing a good job tracking our monies in all spheres of our society. By the way where are the so called governance experts who were much tooted in the press prior to the rerun?

Jacob Zuma
5 months ago

Fresenius medical care must fall.

Matebule
5 months ago

just by googling the word Fresenius the scandals coming out of there are despicable and deplorable. Malawi government must tread carefully with this firm. Say big no to monopoly of business by corrupt companies.

Tonse Alliance
5 months ago

Fresenius is very corrupt. Bravo HRDC for your forward thinking approach. We love you HRDC.

Kwacha
5 months ago

Why Tonse Government is entertaining this corrupt company Fresenius is beyond my reasoning. You promised us new way of doing things. This Fresenius company is corrupt to the core. President Chakwera please save us!

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