Minister Ben Phiri issues stern warning on corruption at Machinga District Council

Before elevating two senior chiefs to Traditional Authority in Machinga District, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ben Malunga Phiri first made an inspection tour of Machinga District Council’s new office complex in Liwonde where he issued a stern warning to its staff against indulging in corruption.

The Machinga District Council

Phiri made the statement after been appraised that the project started in 2016 but was only handed over by its contractor late last year after first undervaluing the whole cost of construction.

District Commissioner Bester Mandele, through his engineer reported, that the contractor, Tapita Building Construction, had first quoted to finish the job at K581 million but later there was an additional K50 at over K632 million.

The project finally got finished after the donor committed a further K50 million for it to be completed.

Accompanied by Paramount Chief Kawinga, Traditional Athority Stola, Council chairperson Alexander Shoti and his deputy Idah Kunje, the Minister said there was need to be vigilant on accountability that contractors they identify should always quote the right cost.

“It is the prerogative of the Office of the Director of Procurement that it does not just accept the lowest bidder. There are some lowest bidder that are accepted but later quote you more to finish the job.

“This is where corruption creeps in. Do not allow this to happen. Make sure all your contractors present their best budget and, according to the Office of the Director of Procurement, you are not supposed to accept the lowest bidder.

“The one you see as the lowest bidder comes backs to you for more funding to complete your job and that’s where corruption creeps in.

“Corruption has no room in my ministry as long as I am Minister. Let us work professionally because development plans start from Council level,” he said.

Meeting with the Machinga Council

On his part the DC said appraised the Minister that people of Machinga and the Council staff feel blessed to be accorded such a modern facility that will make their service delivery work much easier since all its departments are housed under one roof.

“Coordination is now perfect as we are now roofed in one building,” said Mandele. “It is very well spacious as it has four wings with 78 rooms as well as a Council Chamber and the DC’s boardroom.

“This kind of working environment will motivate the staff in providing excellent and quality service delivery.”

The counselors under training

The Paramount Chief Kawinga Paramount Chief, also said this was his proudest moment and prays that such development initiative should spread across the district.

“What I humbly ask is that us chiefs should also be accorded with one room so that we can also gather in a modern room to deliberate on the next development projects for our district”

He asked the staff to take care of the facility as it is priceless and given the district a new face.

The Minister assured the Paramount Chief that Machinga is going to enjoy a good share of development projects since it is the wish of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika to develop the eastern region of Machinga, Balata and Mangochi.

Ben Phiri: Arriving at the Council

“But that is if the Council staff can work harder and be creative,” he said. “The whole Eastern Region is under our microscope.

“Taxpayers money must not be abused. If we must deliver, corruption must be nipped in the bud. Our vision is to develop rural areas — to make growth rural centres into what the cities have,” he said.

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Naluso
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Naluso

Eyaaa Malawi oyeee! Akutitu kuyetsetsa aoneke kuti ali mboma akugwira ntchito. A Ben Phiri, a Maliseche, olo MSCE doubtful ngati ali nayo koma akuti ndi a Minister of something…. only qualification mu Lomwe. Koma Malawi chonchi dziko lingatukuke? Dziko loti has some of the best qualified and competent people but nepotism completely blinding the leadership. What strategic direction and guidance can these idiots being put in the positions of Ministers provide for the country. In the next government, after the re-run, let us please establish and apply minimum qualifications and competences for ministers and deputies. A Malawi tisakhale otsalila ndipo… Read more »

dalo
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dalo

kkkkkkkkkk koma yaaaaa,ku malawi anthu akusangalala even mbava zimene

Ndakhuta@265
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awa asatitopetse as if ayamba kukhala minister mdi iwowo

TOSH
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idiot ben phiri iwenso ndiye munthu wakuba heavy ukuganiza ngati sitikuziwa

cease
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cease

Azimayi ali busy pa watsupp zitinthandiza izi???? Ben you are every where! Mr know it all…….

Nambuma Girl
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Nambuma Girl

Kikikikiki can you see what is happening here? Can Ben Phiri talk about corruption? really? Ben Phiri yo ndiye mwini corruption, this is unheard of. We will wait and see

bibi
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bibi

OH come on! You are the last person to talk about corruption. Mulibe manyazi eti? Anyway, enjoy it while you can cause you could loose it all soon.Ndiponso mwayamba kutinyasa kuti tizingomva za inu day in day out.It`s not as if you are an interesting character, no! Tione zina.

I am St Michael
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I am St Michael

It this Ben Phiri the only minister who is conducting his duties as minister? …. Corruption cannot end by stern warnings. We have had these stern warnings since 1994 and the only effect has been to increase corruption. So stop insulting the intelligence of malawians

Risible
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Run, baby run. The preacher is here.

GULUKUNYE
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GULUKUNYE

Ben Ben talking tough on corruption huh? Meanwhile the file for your 100 million corruption money from mwenye is waiting for re run to happen.