Macra in another financial malfeasance: Dollars allowance scandal

After Nyasa Times revealed Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra)  boss Godfrey Itaye was canavassing at the  Office of the President  and Cabinet officials to influence renewal of his expired contract,  four board members, two Principal Secretaries  were ropped in between October and November claiming double rates in international travel allowancess.   

Rev Maulana: Beneficiari of double allowances at Macra

Board Chair Rev. Alex Maulana, board members Shindi Mwala, Mangadzuwa, Ms Mwale, Secretary for Information Rita Maganga, Controller of Statutory Corporation Stewart Ligomeka paid themselves hundreds of thousands of US dollars in unauthorized double rates, Nyasa Times can reveal.     

Itaye is alleged to have taken the board members as a coverup paying for all their five star hotel expenses in Geneva and Dubai for five weeks ‘tour of duty’.

He paid large sums is US dollars to the officials to influence them to endorse and recommend his contract at Macra, where employee morale is at zero.

Last  week, the Department of Human Resources at Capital Hill summoned Itaye twice demanding an explanation on why he claimed double allowances of 900 US dollars per day for 35 days( five weeks) for himself and  all the officials without OPC authorization. 

 Documents seen from FDH bank by Nyasa Times show Itaye was initially paid US 29000 dollars for the first two weeks while the boardchair/ members and government officils claimed 19500US each as spending allowances yet their hotel and meal bills were taken care of by Itaye.   

OPC sources in Lilongwe said former Minister of Information Nicholas Dausi verbally approved the Geneva and Dubai trips after being  sweetened by  Itaye who has been funneling millions of dollars from the communication regulatory body.

While Itaye was on a splashing spree, President Peter Mutharika reshuffled his cabinet, replacing Dausi with no nonsense Chiradzulu strongman Henry Mussa who is set to clean up the mess created by Itaye at Macra.

Secretary for Information Erica Maganga confirmed to Nyasa Times to have accomponed some board member to Geneva on official duties but declined to comment of the alleged allowances, accommodation and meals scam in return for Itayes contract renewal.

Board Chair Rev. alex Maulana also confirmed having traveled with other board members but refused to shed any light on the claimed double allowances.

Accommodation receipts from the Dubai hotel in possession of Nyasa Times which were referred to Rev. Maulana were dismissed as invading his ‘privacy’.

Corporate Governance commentator and University of Malawi lecturer said the revelations do not reflect well on President Mutharika’s government fight on corruption.

Macra has been in the media for all the wrong reasons after revelations of stinking rotten corruption and looting. A forensic audit was instituted after the Anti Corruption Bureau camped at Macra for almost three weeks to get to the bottom of the rotten cancerous corruption.

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said the investigations were still ongoing,saying his body lacked resources for his officers to travel to Blantyre to conclude the case.

He however refused to comment on allegations of arm twisting by Itaye and a powerful former Information Minister to throw the Macra corruption under the carpet.

The regulatory body has completly lost its mandate and responsibility of regulating the communication sector.

Newly appointed Information Minister Henry Mussa  visted Macra House in Blantyre  last week as part of his familirasation tour.

President Mutharika is yet to appoint a new Macra board.

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Thyolo Thava boy
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Mwafatsa ma mafia a DPP, BUT you should know that Malawi is not for you alone. You will give account of all the messes you are making not only at MACRA but also in councils, waterdboards, ESCOM, etc. Remember the watch is ticking

Kibaki
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Kibaki

Mwati abusa enieni ndiiithu kuba. amayooo ineeee!!!

Becks
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Becks

Is Maulana still reverend? Eiiiiish. Blantyre synod is also asleep. eeeeish.

Mirella K
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Mirella K

So even the so-called men of God’s cannot stand to our rescue. Ndazizidwa!

Central
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Central

Chim’mbulu Maulana kubisala mu kolala……………………………………… !! Mxiiiiiiiiiiii God have mercy!

Bararabarara
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Bararabarara

Ku MACRA Itaye ndi mabwana ena akupakula ma allowance. Komatu sikokhaku.

Ku TCC, ku MBS, ku CFTC, ku Air Cargo, ku MITC ndi malo ena ambiri anthu akupakula. The CEOs of these institutions are hopping from one plane to another in search of lucrative foreign allowances. Locally, the CEOs of these institutions are claiming over 300 nights in perdiems per financial year.

Ndiye mwati Itaye walakwa chani?

Mafana
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Mafana

Itaye walakwa kugwidwa. Kkkkkk!

School is a COMMON DENOMINATOR basi.
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A Nuisance And Stinking Government ever on this Globe the 21st Century has ever witnessed.

Machende Akuwawa
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Machende Akuwawa

Itaye, Maulana, Maganga and most top employees at macra are the products of DPP, too much nepotism under this regime, but time is over, UTM is our hope, 2019 skc bomaaa

Moya
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Moya

When the new government takes over next year, Macra should have a thorough forensic audit bcoz there has been alot going on there, all culprits need to be sent to the cooler and throw the keys away bcoz people have died in the hospital due to lack of medicine or working tools and equipment of which the money for that purpose people like Macra board have stolen, it could have saved a life of someones dad, wife, daughter, son or relatives or saved our ex president bingu. Dpp should go!!

Make Malawi Great
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Make Malawi Great

”nonosense” who? he’s corrupt as hell! enjoying Chinese money LL-BT by-pass dines with those fools.