Immigration ‘uniformgate’ shirt costs K60 000, belt K100 000: PAC demands Karim to bring documents to back K53bn claim

The demand by two suppliers that signed uniform supply deals with the Immigration Department in 2012— Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company— and now want taxpayers to pay them K53 billion, which is more than five times the agreed contract amount, has taken a new twist as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has demanded the companies director Abdul Karim Batawarara to appear before it on February 1 with documentation.

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Batawarara, a controversial businessman, is being accused of charging exorbitant prices as PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said claims in the deal such as a single uniform shirt for Immigration Officer is pegged at about K60 000 and in some case a belt quoted at K100 000.

Were these designer Gucci  shirts and belts for Immigration, we wonder the astronomical prices,” said Menyani in an interview with Nyasa Times.

He said his committee will demand to see documentation from the supplier to support their claim and they would like to physically check the samples to ascertain if they match the quoted prices.

Menyani said PAC would also check the tax invoices  the Batawarara companies received from Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) to warrant them to seek a waiver and the bill of landing from the the manufacturer.

He said apart from Karim Batawarara, PAC has ordered top government officials in Immigration, the Attorney General and Secretary to the Treasury as well as directors of the two companies to appear before the committee on February 1 2019 to give evidence on the legitimacy of the payment claim totalling K53.9 billion for the supply and delivery of Immigration uniforms and other accessories to the Immigration Department.

Menyani states that PAC is invoking its powers according to Section 9 of the National Assembly (Powers and Privilege Act) to summon the government officials and directors or secretaries of Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company.

Government is now fighting this claim, believing that both contracts—signed for just over K9 billion in March 2012—fell off automatically when five years elapsed without the two companies delivering the goods despite the department placing orders on April 10 2012.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) also called for the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) to investigate the award of the contracts in question as well as for PPDA to, with immediate effect, disbar Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company and any firms associated with Batatawala from participating in any public tender in Malawi.

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Chibmabo
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Chibmabo

This mwwenye thinks his in lala land. That’s daylight robbery straight. How can you charge kw100,000 for a belt. Is it made out of gold or summat.

I am Mwenye
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Hey guys
Why getting exited for….DO YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF MWENYE???
MEANS BOSS!!

Mmwenye wa ku Bomaby
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You can call yourself boss but your days are numbered. You must know that 50% of Malawian youth are here in SA where we are learning to protest with burning tires. We are waiting for those old timers to go the graves first then your honeymoon is over. Munabwela ku Malawi ndi ma silipasi basi kuyamba kutibela ndalama and we must call u boss?? Where u came from poverty is the order of day because of over population, then you have found safe heavens in Malawi. Your days are numberered agalu inu. Mwatikwana.

Wiseman
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Wiseman

Kodi simumapatsa a Malawi ma contract amenewa bwanji kuti nawonso apeze kena kake? Do you think we can not manage to supply ma uniform a silikali? Mukuona amwenye angotithera ndalama zathu awa. Give those contracts to Malawian SMEs. Tithamangitse zimenezi.

KKK
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The average mmwenye is racist, crooked and heartless. You can tell the way they treat the workers. My grandfather worked for one mmwenye family for over 50 years. He died a poor man than those that lived back in the village farming. Ironically my uncle (younger brother to my father) worked for mzungu in Mangochi for 40 yrs. On retirement he was given a plot of land and built a house with iron sheet for him as an investment because the land is along lake Malawi. The mzungu immigrated back to UK. So Mr Osman you can make a judgement… Read more »

The Legend
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Now coming back to corruption…. it’s not ROCKET SCIENCE to prosecute those who bribe and get bribed. Let the law prevail and take it’s own cause. Nobody should get away with committing a crime. A CLEAR MESSAGE TO THE CORRUPT AGENTS….. “IF YOU COMMIT A CRIME EXPECT TO DO THE TIME end of”. ENOUGH of the nonsense.

The Legend
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NYASA Some of the comments on your forum are pure racist. Referring to Asian as (amenye) is not acceptable by any standards. You NYASA as responsible media org must delete comments which are RACIST and insulting to the minority’s. I was born and lived in Malawi in my teens and experienced the same derogatory language by the natives. Some of these hateful individuals have no idea how their racist comments hurt the feelings of Asians minority. The govt must bring in a legislation to make such words as AMENYE a crime and educate children from the school age not to… Read more »

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

we dont sympathize with you because you are destroying our country by corrupting our weak leaders. we are tired of your racism as you continue to steal our money and buy property in Dubai and London. tithana nanu

benjones
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true

Mike
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Mike

Who are more recist between Amwenye and us? Mr Legend please go to India and see if you will be treated like a king just like the way Amwenyes get worshiped here. Go and win a goverment contract in Mumbai and then come on this platiform and be apologetic these crooks. We are tired of these thieves. I miss Kamuzu

Mike
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Mike

Usova ndi amwenye akowo.

KKK
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We don’t care whether you sympathise with them or you part of them. Fact of the matter is that all the amwenyes are crooks. When Karim of Pioneer Investment appeared in court all the Amwenyes went to court in his solidarity. That tells a big story that all Amwenyes are croocks

Wiseman
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Wiseman

We say Amwenye not Amenye. In chichewa we call Asian – mMwenye. Or give us the best interpretation. We call white people Azungu, Colored etc.

Concerned citez
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Concerned citez

Accept the truth You dont belong to Africa you belong to Asia no racist but thats tht truth

Raja Osman
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Raja Osman

Further to my last comment, its disconcerting to read such racist comments. You must remember, all races have bad people. Zimbabwe has not reached its current status quo by what some guys describe as amenye..

Chaka
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Chaka

Actually it’s not a derogatory word, that is a Chichewa word for anybody of Indian decent

Kamuzu
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Kamuzu

So is nigger. Meaning anybody of black decent.

Kamuzu
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Kamuzu

So is nigger. Meaning anyone of black decent

Raja Osman
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Raja Osman

As a Malawian born Asian, I feel crimes like these should be severely punished. Our Lord says in Al Qur’an that if he gives son of Adam a mountain of gold he’d want another one. Please Malawians, set an example this time. My sympathy for the average Malawian on the street who suffers directly/ indirectly as a result.

Apumbwa
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Apumbwa

Raja Osman,
when you and your folk stop treating Malawians as dirt,
when you stop thinking that you are more superior than the natives,
when you stop treating Malawians that work in your homes/businesses as your personal slaves
You will remain Amwenye until that changes,

Have a good day!

benjones
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And follow the AL QUR’AN sincerely.

Khafili
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As a matter of fact the day we will have a Presidential aspirant who will take the economy from the ill hearted racist Indians the Whole Nation will be blessed. You Indians you are hello Crooks. Very pathetic at your homeland in India. You come here with no qualification and get paid more than a Graduate. You produce substandard products and buy our Bureau Standards yet you don’t eat the same products you produce. There is some difference however between Hindu Indians and Muslim Indians. The former have a heart and the latter are dogs in the toilet. We will… Read more »

Mmwenye wa ku Bomby Wazikang'a
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As if they worked hard for the money. If these Amwenyes were really hard workers, they could have managed to stay and be successful back home. MY MESSAGE TO ALL AMWENYES, MALAWIANS ARE NOT SLEEPY ANYMORE. WE ARE JUST WAITING FOR GOOD LEADERS TO RULE MALAWI, THEN HONEYMOON IS OVER. AGALU INU

Concerned Citizen
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Concerned Citizen

stop corrupting our leaders!! having 2 passports you people are not trully Malawian. Muzipita kwanu

Bob
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Bob

The supplier must have been told to inflate the quotation fr obvious reasons and he obliged.

NELSON NGWIRA
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NELSON NGWIRA

AND WITH THIS ALL THAT MONEY YOU ARE SAYING MALAWI IS POOR GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOU MALAWIAN YOU ARE SOO TOO STUPID RICH POOR COUNTRY