Itaye threatens Zodiak: MACRA top brass panicking over corruption probe, working overnight to ‘defeat justice’

Malawi Communications and Regulatory Authority (Macra) top management has since Friday been working under pressure to correct scores of illegal and corrupt procurements, after leading private broadcaster Zodiak Radio and Television made the corruption investigation by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB),  a main headline news item, Nyasa Times can confirm.

Itaye: ACB confirms investigations but he is currently busy doctoring documents to pervert justice

An angry Macra director general Godfrey  Itaye threatened to “deal” with Zodiak for carrying the news item about Macra being under ACB probe, as confirmed by ACB spokeswoman Egritta Ndala.

Ndala refused to name any officials from Macra being investigated or how far the investigation has gone.

Itaye, procurement expert Joseph Ngalawa and director of finance Ben Chitsonga have been locked up at Macra House to clean up piles of illegal transactions, including dubious payments for accommodation, fuel and other allowances to former Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa, six months after he was  appointed to another ministry.

Nankhumwa is the brainchild behind the Consolidated ICT Regulatory Management System (Cirms),  dubbed ‘the spy machine’ by its critics, from a one man supplier Agilis International where up to $2 million have been siphoned through underhand dealings with Agilis chief Rovan Bunnet split between Itaye and Nankhumwa.

Itaye also travelled to South Africa with his wife Sylvia and two other accomplices where they collected hard cash amounting to US150 000, as a sweetener  to assure Agilis International that the monitoring system would be upgraded and roll out in September last year. Up to now ‘spy machine’ is yet to roll out.

Other documents being cleaned up before the ACB combs Macra, to be followed by a forensic audit by Price Waterhouse, are Itaye’s parent’s in-laws dubious contracts for Car tracking, LED  colour TV sets, Computers and Printers among others.

Itaye and Ngalawa also facilitated the dubious K135 million deals for non-existent printing of developmental calendars which were never delivered to Macra stores.

Procurement expert Ngalawa said there was nothing suspicious about Macra top team working overnight and weekends.

Under scrutiny are piles of manually written cheques outside the official ACPACC system, which  the sole administrator is Finance Manager Phillip Nakoma.

Deputy Director of Administration Henry Macheso, who has been abusing Macra fuel card worthy K3  million per month, funds he has been using to build two mansions at Chileka in Blantyre and Area 25 in Lilongwe is also panicking to reconcile the fuel, allocations, mostly meant to fuel ruling party vehicles.

In the last three weeks, Itaye, Macheso and Ngalawa had travelled to Lilongwe to meet and discuss with Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara, who was a beneficiary of K94 million office refurbishment, a deal facilitated by former board chair Mervis Mangulenje, a  Muhara’s confidante.

She conspired with Itaye to funnel millions of kwachas including an office generator to her own house at a time when the nation was experiencing critical power shortages.

Also being investigated is the dubious recruitment of Nakhumwa’s cousin Dan Dachi as Revenue Assurance Manager when better qualified candidates were left out on Itaye’s orders.  Dachi posses a suspicious bachelor’s degree in management obtained from some nondescript backyard unrecognized one room college.

Another dubious recruitment is of Chikumbutso Njolomole as Human Resources Manager, another relation who replaced Dalitso Jumbe, a whistle blower of Macra’s top level corruption.

Another DPP Cadet Pato Phoya has also been recruited on Itaye’s orders from Nankhumwa as Administration Manager. He is yet to report for duties but Dachi and Njolomole have since started work.

A Nyasa Times  investigative reporter who drove  to No 9 Salmin Armour Road where Macra House is located was not allowed inside the premises, but KK Security guards confirmed the three top Directors were indeed working overnight since last Friday.

They are trying to amend IPC minutes for the dubious procurements. They are using the current Acting Director of Legal Affairs Fan Chiwoni for contracts to Itaye’s mother in law when the director was James Kaphale.

A  source said  Itaye is doctoring declaration of interest in his mother-in-law’s dubious contract.

Malawi is facing rising perceptions of corruption.

A corruption perception study by Transparency International (TI)—considered to be one of the most objective and respected globally—last month released a report that showed Malawi had dropped two places from 120 in 2016 to 122 in 2017, an indication of increasing worries of corruption for the country.

The country’s score is stuck at 31 for three consecutive years, according to TI, which means there is no improvement.

This lack of progress could give pause to investors and donors considering to pour money into the country even as it may also discourage local taxpayers from remitting their obligations to the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), which already missed its first half domestic revenue collection by K38 billion in the current fiscal calendar.

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#UNMASK ITAYE Bravo Zodiak and Nyasatimes for this powerful investigative journalism. Unmask these enemies of Malawi. Increase the heat until ” zigoba” can’t cover them up. As for ACB, why are you not rushing to court an order restraining these freebooters from destroying evidence you shall need in court of law. We don’t want to hear tomorrow that ACB has lost the case due to lack of evidence. Get a court order quickly to protect this necessary evidence for you to win this case when it’s due for court. ACB, ACT NOW, ACT FAST. Otherwise, you will lose your credibility… Read more »

Malawi is in wrong hands. We are praying that God should rescue our nation come 2019 or through any other means possible. If there is anyone who is planning to cheat in 2019 elections , we are praying fervently that God, the Almighty, should arise in anger and deal with those individuls accordingly.

What choices do we have Omex70. Which of the other main parties are capable of taking Malawi to greater heights. MCP? UDF? PP? DEPECO? Most political leaders moved from MCP to UDF to DPP to PP so technically Malawi is sitting with same old politicians spread over four parties. The few young but new politics are muted by the elders. What we need is a young firebrand with high energy driven by new and workable ideas to take Malawi forward. Someone who can shake Malawi politics to its core, making old politicians shake in their boots and uncomfortable. In a… Read more »


silica gell

ndikuwona za fuel, kumanga nyumba, cousin wa ujeni kugula zinthu, nankhumwa, chani chani ujeni aaaa!!!!

Mc Bwampwapwa

I cry for my beloved former MCA lecturer,Ben Chitsonga. Political pressure is on your neck. I feel for you.


What goes up usually comes down, no condition is permanent on earth, a day is coming when DPP will not be in power anymore.


People do not learn. They are fooled by politicians who end up messing up their career and reputation. When power change hands many are worried for their future!!!


Soon we shall hear MACRA HOUSE has been burnt


Then we must vote for this party?Wherever you go it is stinking corruption

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