Malawi ‘asset stripping’: Ministry’s auction of vehicles scandal in the spotlight

Secretary for Health Dan Namalika and other officials have bought cars from their ministry in a public auction which Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has described as illegal and observers call asset stripping.

Namarika participated in the spoils

The local press has acquired documents detailing how the sale of the vehicles were done in the Ministry of Health anf Population Services despite the law prohibiting employees of a procuring and disposing public entity from bidding for its auctioned assets.

Namalika has reportedly  bought himself two vehicles—a 15 tonner Iveco lorry registration MG870 AC and a Toyota Hilux D4D—031MG1836 at a value we could not independently verify.

Apart from Namalika, drivers, a member of the Internal procurement and Disposal Committee, a departmental head and a district health officer
shared the spoils.

Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has stressed that employees of a disposing public entity are not expected to benefit from such disposal based on the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets (PPDA) Act of 2017 which is currently in force.

According to the PPDA  Act of 2017, employees and relatives of a disposing public entity are not allowed to participate in the auction.

“A procuring and disposing entity shall not enter into a procurement or disposal contract with its employee, or any close relative of any employee,” reads Section 35 of the new law.

The law particularly emphasises that all disposal proceedings should be conducted in a manner which promotes transparency, accountability and fairness, according to Section 38, which also provides alternative ways of disposing assets.

Observers say the actions amounted to asset stripping, and authorities are asked to investigate the sale and take appropriate action.

Namalika confirmed to have bought the cars in question but insisted they were worn out and would cost him more money to have them function properly.

 Minister of Health Atupele Muluzi said he was not aware of the present auction of cars save for one done last year which followed procedures.

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Uncle Richard
Uncle Richard
1 year ago

So what is the scandal here? Jealous down aMalawi. Namilika is doing exactly what everyone else is doing in all fields. Whether its govenment, banks, insurance firms, big international companies, asian companies etc. Why target only him! All the executives are doing this, that’s how they can afford big flashy cars befitting their job description. They know that once the car’s bookvalue reaches zero kwacha, companies are encouraged to sell the used vehicles to raise funds to buy new ones, so they sell them to staff at cheap prices. I can list you 100 companies in Malawi that are following… Read more »

Mugina
Mugina
1 year ago
Reply to  Uncle Richard

Uncle Richard, are you Namalika in disguise? If the law forbids staff and their immediate relatives from benefiting from
Such asset disposals then this is indeed a scandal. In fact, there’s a clear conflict of interest. Actually your statement is implicating and you don’t realise it

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
1 year ago
Reply to  Uncle Richard

because its time to drain the swamp so hes the first victim and should be a lesson to others its not business as usual no more!! Unless hes your uncle one may wonder why you backing this corrupt practices?

Abiti Benson
Abiti Benson
1 year ago
Reply to  Uncle Richard

the thing is these people and their immediae families are not supposed to benefit from auctioning of any property from their department. so this prohibits them and the said relations. In conclusion, there is a case here which these people should answer should investigations take place.

concerned citizen
concerned citizen
1 year ago

Stealing is in the blood of almost all civil servants. Poti nthawi yatsalapangono kuti atuluke mboma, ndiye abadi kwambiri. Gati pali lamulo loletsa ministry stafff, procurement staff and their relatives to participate in such auctions then, we want to see the end of this issue according to the mentioned law.

Uncle Richard
Uncle Richard
1 year ago

Sikuba! Anthuwa agwrira ntchito mu ma bungwe amenewa for donkey years, slaving away for peanuts! You mean they cant even get a broken down Prado as a reward!

Mugina
Mugina
1 year ago
Reply to  Uncle Richard

Were they not being paid ? Are they the only ones who have worked there for many years? Your argument is so pathetic

AIsa
AIsa
1 year ago

The same happened with Chancellor College.They shared public assets .

The Patriot
The Patriot
1 year ago

Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely! How could the good doctor not see that this was illegal? Unless our officials became accountable otherwise we cannot progress as a nation!!

Guanta
Guanta
1 year ago

Dr Dan Namarika, he killed Bingu as personal physician by failing to give first aid.

Mlakhoism at its best. Tribalism is self inflicting only that the tribalist has no eyes to see.

Mugina
Mugina
1 year ago
Reply to  Guanta

These people parading with Dr titles but with no money are now resorting to theft, mxiii! Kankhope kali gwaaa koma chonsecho mukudya zakuba! Bola Dausi akuwonekako wathanzi

linda
1 year ago

If Namarika knew the vehicles were worn out and would cost him more money, why did he go for them being a learned person? a dull thief!

SITTING ON A MIRACLE / BREAK THROUGH

DPP FIELD MARSHALS !!

Chidi Mbwengu
Chidi Mbwengu
1 year ago

Dan Namalika is on it again. He failed to pronounce death of Bingu in Malawi and named him Daniel Phiri to facilitate movement to SA. He has been rewarded with such position for being a mulakho and Bingu personal doctor. Nepotism at its best! He has started stealing now!!

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