Malawi govt suspends awarding of contracts with immediate effect: To tackle graft

Government has, with immediate effect, suspended awarding of contracts to pave way for a quick audit to ascertain a number of issues, “including transparency and credibility of processes and procedures followed and decisions made.”

President Chakwera and vice-president Chilima: Time to drain the swamp

According to a memo from Chief Secretary to Government, Zangazanga Chikhosi addressed to heads of ministries, departments and agencies, any institution wishing to award a contract must contact the Office of the Chief Secretary.

The move, which is part of government’s cleanup exercise, has already excited some sections of the public.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson Gift Trapence has hailed the move, saying awarding of contracts is one fertile ground for corruption.

Trapence said while suspending the award of contracts is a welcome move, it is important for government to penalise wrongdoers to show that the new administration is willing to stamp out corruption which has, for long time, stifled public service delivery.

The move comes barely a day after government dissolved boards of directors for 60 parastatals.

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Iantana
Iantana
8 months ago

Koma mukwanitsaaaa?

Sekunde Botomani
Sekunde Botomani
8 months ago

Also scrutinize accounts payable and receivables for the past 12 months. All payments in arrears or errors in the same have to be suspended. All duty free purchases by previous cabinet members or privileged employees have to be scrutinized.
Get help from Reserve Bank partners abroad, to see how much money had been transferred abroad in the past 12 months. Also check purchases for the last 12 months for inflated purchase prices. This applies to all companies or institutions.

Thyolo2
Thyolo2
8 months ago

Ine ndinawina contract ku Escom ya ndalama zokwana MK3 billion. Anangondininkha MK2.9 billion yokha ngakhale katundu sindinachite supply. Mundipatse ndalama zosalazo otherwise muziwa kuti ndine wa Mulhakho, a very dangerous man.

mchisala
mchisala
8 months ago

Its very tricky to catch the not-so-obvious fraud in contract awards and execution. In Councils you will need to hire officers with knowledge in contracts and some engineering (and not rely on Planning or Finance Directors) to properly track processes and ensure they match contract-item moneys, otherwise Councils will continue bleeding money and not get value for money!!!

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago
Reply to  mchisala

@Mchisala
The point of departure for a corrupt contract begins with insider tips of information to their vendor. In many occasions if it’s a project, the vendor is even given the project value, detailed technical information etc. In this context, the winning vendor is most obvious. It would be wise to use an independent audit firm to admister government tenders to ensure transparency or else it will just be impossible to curb corruption.

NZERU NKUPANGWA
NZERU NKUPANGWA
8 months ago
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This is very true

Namulika
Namulika
8 months ago

IMMEDIATELY CHANGE OF CURRENCY IN OUR BANKS.

Wachiona Ndani
Wachiona Ndani
8 months ago
Reply to  Namulika

Zoonadi please change the currency. Ndalama zina zimene George Chaponda anabisa ku farm kwake zisanduka toilet paper.

mbite
mbite
8 months ago

Just after 2yrs, Cadets will will be very poor honestly

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
8 months ago

Music to my ears. Contraccts were given to the same people

Mwini muzi.
8 months ago

No problem if contracts were on the verge of being awarded. For transparency sake, readvertising of the contracts is necessary and where the process was on closed tender, new advertising is required. This the way to go. We need extreme transparency.

Mannequin 2
8 months ago

But but but but but but but but what about my payments? (Lomwe belt payments) (kaya)

Wo wo wo
Wo wo wo
8 months ago

Time to share the new loot boys here we goooooooooo!!!!!!

MCP WOYE!!!!!!!

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