Malawi press gag continues on Abdul Karim K53bn claim: State action expected

The “gagging order” against Nation Publications Limited (MPL) from publishing any story in its titles on  the  K53 billion claim at the Immigration Department by businessperson Abdul Karim still continues  as the public awaits government  to protect the national interests.

Abdul Karim Batawalalala: Gags media

Karim and his  two–Africa Commercial Agency and Reliance Trading Company-signed a K9 billion contract in March 2012 for uniforms they never supplied for five years only to raise the contract sum to K53 billion in 2017 – a sum which has the Immigration Department is protesting.

Nyasa Times as well as NPL  through its titles The Nation, Weekend Nation and Nation on Sunday  have been reporting on the matter which has been christened as ‘Uniform-gate’.

But the supplier feels the publication of the stories are depicting him as “corrupt and fraudukent” and obtained  a restriction order stopping further reporting.

The Nation is no longer reporting about the matter while its rival Times Group has stayed away from reporting the matter.

NPL’s Deputy Chief Executive Office Alfred Ntonga said the newspaper will “follow through the legal process” following the gagging order.

Government spokesperson Henry Mussa, who is also Minister of Information,said  the authorities have noted the concerns relating to K53billion claim as “genuine”, saying authorities are therefore working tirelessly to protect the national interests.

The government spokesman also pointed out that the State is “vehemently opposing and challenging” the said claim in the courts of law.

Apart from the K53 billion claim, Abdul Karim  has been under fire from the civil society organisations (CSOs) to reimburse government K585 million he allegedly received fraudulently from Malawi Police Service (MPS) for procuring and delivering goods to the security agency.

The demand follows a National Audit Office (NAO) letter to Secretary for Home Affairs and Internal Security dated July 2006 which says during fiscal years 2001/2002 and 2004/2005, MPS management deliberately disregarded government procurement regulations, tendering procedures and use of an independent procurement committee (IPC) in dealing with Karim, who was trading as Africa Commercial Agency.

The CSOs  through Ritz Attorneys at Law, argue that Karim knowingly received the money from the Malawi Government through MPS under Procurement and Distribution of Police Uniforms in the 2001/2002 and 2004/2005 fiscal years.

On excess charges of K295 756 604.40, the companies linked to Karim that allegedly committed the offence are Africa Commercial Agency, Gratolite, Lido Electrical, Kasco Enterprise, L&G Tools and Engineering as well as Novatech Engineering.

Among others, it shows that in 2004, between January 3 and November 4, Africa Commercial Agency invoiced K85 805 708.00 against a comparative amount of K36 800 804.82, resulting in excess charge of K49 004 903.18.

The audit office then recommended that MPS management should recover the overpayments made to some suppliers, reverse or recover double payments and trace missing payment vouchers.

The demand comes amid another K2.793 billion food rations scam at MPS, where supplier Pioneer Investments made an abortive interest claim of K466 million and deposited K145 million into the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Standard Bank account whose sole signatory is President Peter Mutharika.

According to the November 2017 Anti-Corruption Bureau report, a day after the supplier deposited K2.793 billion payment from police for supplying 500 000 ration packs, the company transferred K145 million to the DPP Standard Bank account on April 13 2016.

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Graham
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Graham

Karim yu angophedwa. simple

Achiswe
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Why wait for the government to protect the national interest.? The government itself is corrupt and is clearly supporting corruption. The DPP government must be uprooted in the May elections.

NELSON NGWIRA
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NELSON NGWIRA

DAMN WE ARE RICH ALL THOSE MONEY? SO THIS SHOWS THAT WE ARE STUPID, GUYS WOFUNIKA KUMUPUKUTA UYO AMAPELEKA AUTHORITY FOR THOSE PAYMENT, SERIOUSLY WHY DO YOU ALLOW THOSE GUYS TO OWN BUSINESS IN OUR COUNTRY? KUNO NDILIKUNO EVERY BUSINESS HEAD OF THAT COMPANY SHOULD BE THE OWNER OF THE COUNTRY NGATI SUKUFUNA KATSEKULE KWANU KU IN TAZANIA IS SAME THIS EVEN IN MOZAMBIQUE WHY US MALAWIAN WHY?

Karim Mbava ya Chimwenye.
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Hendrick Verwoerd was given a bullet to save black South African. We are going to eliminate crooked amwenye wonse to save the millions of Malawians if the government is not taking us seriously. We have a base here in SA where we get free training in Townships. If peace fails applies false. Message to all politicians. Malawi is on a ticking time bomb. Ife sitingapite ku ku Mumbayi ndikumakaba ndalama za boma. Kwathu tivutike. Kwa eni tivutikenso. That is impossible.

Chifundo
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Chifundo

Don’t be stupid. We fight racism yet we ourselves want to be racist to Indians. What of our own who steal too? Escom, tractors, cash gate and countless others? A thief is a thief no matter brown, yellow, black, white or pink. Everyone must be accountable equally for their crimes

Karim Mbava ya Chimwenye.
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You are the one who is stupid. You are too blind to see things on a bigger picture. May be you are one of the amwenyes or else you are amwenye sympathiser. You cant see that the justice system is selective. All the amwenyes who were involved in Cashgate never tested a night in jail yet the Lutepos and friends are rotting in jail because they blacks. So don’t come with you nonsense here. Tatopa ndi amwenyewa. Ndinu aja mumati mukawona amwenye nje nje nje. Yes bwa yes bwana. Za ziiii

Chifundo
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Chifundo

No brother. Read and you will see I agree with you. I am saying don’t be racist. But yes, blacks and Indians alike should face the same consequences. You are indeed correct, the Indians did not rot in jail from cashagte but they should. We should not lower oursleves and be racist however. This is what we fight across the wolrd

Karim Mbava ya Chimwenye.
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“Ndalawama wathu ziko wanu”. Yet its our own tax money. Muthu anabwela ndi zikang’a kumagwila mu hardware. bullshit.

#Amwenye Asowe
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So this mmwenye has the audacity to stop freedom of press which our fathers died for? Who a hell this mmwenye think he is. This guy needs a bullet to his head as we can see that our law enforcement agencies are toothless. Can some one give me a call on 061 022 1930 so that we can have this matter resolved once and for all. One bullet can save our citizen from this disease of mmwenye syndrome. I am serious. Hit me inbox. We will save justice from the street.

John maganga
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John maganga

It’s enough is enough peter should go let Chakwera come in and he being a pastor he will put things right it’s too much seize all things of lido Victoria hotel the cheena guy who is in uk the Matayas the Kasmany’s fazaya and kill the bastards

Chifundo
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Chifundo

You sound like an Indian guy “maganga” kkkkkkkkkkkk

Prophet Mboro
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Do not be stupid guys, why not gang against 100 tractors rather than ganging against a claim.

Karim Mbava ya Chimwenye.
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Tiyambe ndi amwenyewa kaye. This is not their country. Ambili mwa iwowa they syphon money ndikumapititsa kwawo. These are not patriotic Malawians. Bullshit

Mariana
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Mariana

NPL, this is a cracker of a thriller. You may be gagged right now but it won’t be forever. Keep on investigating this story and archiving the material. It’s gonna make a good read one of these days when the gag is removed.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Psa koka. Gwila ameneyo.
Kkkkkklll

Mikayele
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Mikayele

These people has taken our country for a ride… ndalama zambiri chonchi wina akuti ndi mtsogoleri wa dziko.. Stop all this stupid thinking get into the corridors of KCH, the toilets the whole facility needs to be upgraded and yet amwenye akusimba lokoma, ndalama zathu, dziko lathu and yet akadwala amapita zipatala zapamwamba kwambiri. These indians are criminals, crooks and evil

Karim Mbava ya Chimwenye.
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I am with u on that 10000000%. These amwenye needs a leader like Kamuzu. Osati mdala wopanda manuyu. He does not love this country. Money is being syphoned iye ali ndwiiii magalasi mmaso ngato mafia.