Mera CEO Magalasi, two others arrested in Malawi corruption crackdown

Malawi Police Services in Lilongwe have confirmed the arrest of  Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Chief Executive Officer, Collins Magalasi over reasons the law enforcers are yet to disclose buy Nyasa Times understands its part of “clearing the rubble of corruption. ”

Laugh it loud mate it’s the season of arrests; Former President Mutharika is with Collins Magalasi in this file photo

The National Police public relations officer, James Kadadzera, confirmed the development, adding that Magalasi has been arrested alongside Bright Mbewe from the procurement Office and Mera Spokesperson Patrick Maulidi.

But Kadadzera refused to disclose reasons of their arrest to avoid as investigations are underway.

The arrests follows reports of corruption in the procurement of a new mobile laboratory fuel testing van which MERA awarded to City Motors  for the contract value of K704 million.

On 7th May 2019, MERA paid City Motors MK563, 200,000.00 which translates into 80 percent as advance payment.

MERA advertised for the procurement of a mobile fuel testing laboratory van. On 3rd April 2019, MERA entered into a contract with City Motors for the supply of the said laboratory van for the contract value of K704 million.

Almost a year later, on 17th April 2020, MERA paid MK140.8 million to City Motors translating to 20% of the contract sum.

The mobile laboratory van was delivered to MERA in April 2020, a year after the contract was agreed. Furthermore, delivery was made almost a year after the 80 advance payment.

The contract indicated that the van would be an Iveco Daily Panel but what has been delivered is a Mitsubishi.

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Muhariwa
Muhariwa
10 months ago

Can you take Muhara to fiscal for questioning as why he used to receive 2500 litres for diesel vehicle in a month.

Maunits
Maunits
10 months ago

So Muhara only 2500litres per month= 2500x660kwacha/litre=MK1,650,000.00X12Months= MK19,800,000.00X72Months(6yrs in power) = MK1,425,600,000.00(One Billion Four Hundred Twenty Five Million Six Hundred Thousand Kwacha Only Muhara spent for 6 years these thieves have been in power from 2014 to 2020 June 23. Oooooooh My Loving God forbid Malawi.

Ndiye wina aziti I refute plunder of one trillion it is propaganda I think he needs to be investigated too. This is burning for sure.

Pachalo
Pachalo
10 months ago

Colin’s Magalasi…Chirunga alumni and batch mate! Sad that you have ended up this way! Many of us your college mates were proud of you and happy for your ascendancy. We hope you are innocent otherwise it will be a waste of talent for you to end up in prison for PLUNDER!

Sabina
Sabina
10 months ago
Reply to  Pachalo

Is he a Chirunga Alumini. Shame on him. Chirunga produces presisidents(Chakwera and Chilima). Its only university of Jerusalem that produces thieves.

So he is not among us the Chirunga products, we have disowned him

Kanjedza
Kanjedza
10 months ago

How did ODPP approve the procurement. Nab the guys at ODPP as well. Investigate all officers at ODPP and some one will spill the beans
Secondly why did MERA buy the van when there was already similar equipment on a truck at MBS to test fuels at the filling stations

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

Let’s make Malawi great again and stop those in charge from stealing public money. Stop the PSs and Directors from possessing fuel cards because of kusungula into cash. What was the point of giving Muhara 2500 litres of fuel? A diesel engine modern car with commonrail technology can go up to 800 kms on full tank and maximum is 100 litres. Does it mean Muhara used to 25 full tanks in a month? That means refuelling his vehicle everyday yet he spent three quarters of his days in the office. If you do the calculations you will see that we… Read more »

Emmanuel means God is With Us.

Let the police do they job and whoever stole my tax must face punishment.

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
10 months ago

I know Collins Magalasi from his humble beginnings, a nobody by then wachimidzimidzi ndi mkamwa momwe. Mano opanda formula zigweru zokhazokha. From no where I just saw the guy’s lifestyle has changed. Kugona azimayi became the order of the day. I suspected something wasn’t right but he became too mighty and untouchable forgetting where he was coming from! This guy has been feeding his uncountable prostitutes with out taxpayers money! And he has a wife odzimva and wammwano! Akakhala matendawo ndiye waagawatu osati sewero. Ndiye aimva kuwawatu Nyekhwe ndi aja amati a Cash Madame aja. Kaya ine ndili ku ma… Read more »

Emmanuel means God is With Us.
Reply to  Bandung Cincau

Umphawi haunted him for a long time.

Goliati
Goliati
10 months ago

Osazisekelera zigawengazi, even chi nyapapi chamanja osokelera ngati a bakha chikubisala mu mchenga usachisiya

Malawi belong to the citizens

Koma ya zilikoliko

Nyusesi
Nyusesi
10 months ago

As the witch hunting of Lomwe people continues. Chakwera usamaletu. Dzuwa linyenga mdima usaka. Ili ndi dziko.

clement
clement
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

ucila

Bandung Cincau
Bandung Cincau
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

Stupid Nyusesi! Alomwe alomwe chani apa? There are other lomwe’s who were not involved in this tsunami looting, tell me if they have been arrested! Government isn’t stupid to arrest persons who didn’t commit any crimes! Music Ati paja munkati Nyekhwe ndi imeneyo. Mbola ya Nyekhwe njowawa kuposa ya njuchi

Nalikuti
Nalikuti
10 months ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

As your name reads posting Nyusesi

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