HRDC takes on Blantyre City Council over Beautify Malawi

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has written the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate how Blantyre city council entered into a contract with Beautify Malawi for the services of refuse collection trucks at a fee of K60,000 per day.

Mrs Getrude Mutharika of Beautify Malawi 

In a letter dated November 1, 2020, HRDC national chairperson Gift Trapence and national coordinator Luke Tembo says that Beautify Malawi (Beam), a charity founded by Mrs Gertrude Mutharika, former First Lady received refuse collection trucks donated by the government of the People’s Republic of China in May 2016.

“It is alleged that in 2017, Beam signed a year long contract with Blantyre city council in which Beam leased two refuse collection trucks to the city at K60,000. This amounts to K22 million per year. It is alleged that this contract was renewed in the subsequent years,” says the letter to the ACB in part.

The says the city council did not seek approval from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA).

HRDC says the threshold for procurement of goods and services for the Blantyre city council is K10 million after which they must be tendered.

There was no immediate comment from Mrs Mutharika or any Beam officials and Blantyre city council but Malawians have taken up in various social media platforms calling for this probe.

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Pitala
Pitala
7 months ago

Amangwetu, it was this bad? Eish koma guys makosana awawa akanawina akanatigulitsa ndithu. Mpaka azimayi kuilowa ganyu yokuba

Benjones87
Benjones87
7 months ago

Day light robbery

DRAKE
DRAKE
7 months ago

Please also we should also persecute Mai C Kadzamila who was a Patron of Chitukuko cha Amai Mmalawi CCAM. They exploited civil servants,private sector women and Government properties without Questions

mtete
mtete
7 months ago
Reply to  DRAKE

I thought we are dealing with issues in multiparty democracy era. Otherwise you may as well just prosecute (persecute) Mai C Tamanda Kadzamila since there will be nothing to investigate, really.

Gyzrpw
Gyzrpw
7 months ago
Reply to  DRAKE

Empty

Kapoli
Kapoli
7 months ago

It has always been an open secret that BEAM was Gertrude Mutharika’s personal cash cow. A forensic audit needs to be conducted on BEAM covering from when it started operating up to the present.

A pertinent question I’d like to ask is: why couldn’t BEAM just donate the vehicles to the Council? The City Council are the experts in refuse collection.

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

Crooks! Thieves, shameless people who siphoned billions from the country.

never4gve
never4gve
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

HRDC Onse anazungulira mitu kulibe wachilungamo anyamba ndale awa zankutu basi kagwereni uko nmwankhuta migaiwa uko mzanu anabwela poyela musiyeni Getu apume kumangochi uko

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
7 months ago
Reply to  never4gve

HRDC angoisintha ikhale chipani chandale under TonseAlliance Government, chifukwa akuchoka pa cholinga chao chenicheni. Sanganamenso kuti akumenyera anthu ufulu

Mswahili mambo
Mswahili mambo
7 months ago

Zinaphweka

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