Minister Kambala says Hellen Buluma is against supervision at Nocma

Minister of Energy Newton Kambala has said National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) deputy chief executive officer Hellen Buluma is “against supervision,” saying she informed him that she was receiving threats from some officials in government, but the Minister does not believe the threats exist.

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Kambala said this in published comment related to her reporting to Anti Corruption Bureau alleging  attempts to interfere in awarding of oil supply contracts by the Minister Kambala, presidential adviser on strategy Chris Chaima Banda and Aford president Enoch Chihana.

The named suppliers are Orxy, Finergy, Trafigura and Sahara Energy.

Kambala said he is  “very surprised” that Buluma has complained to ACB about him, saying there is no wrong doing on his part.

“I haven’t been involved in any issue that could warrant me to be complained to the Anti-Corruption Bureau,’’ he said.

Kambala said: “Fortunately, she (Buluma) told me that all the discussions were being recorded by her. She can share the information about what we discussed. When she was acting CEO, we started receiving inquiries from some bidders and I directed those people to Nocma because it was not my job. I told these people to call Nocma.”

Buluma claims that Kambala asked her to meet Chihana to, allegedly, negotiate a contract for one of the suppliers.

The Minister said Buluma informed him that she was receiving threats from some officials in government, but said he does not believe the threats exist.

“I don’t believe it’s true that people were threatening her. I asked her, did she confront these people. She could’ve reported the people to police,” said the minister.

On his part, Chihana confirmed that he accompanied officials of Finegy Petroleum, which are his business partners, but only introduced the officials and never participated in their talks or pressured Buluma in any way.

Chaima has refused to comment on the matter, saying he does not believe in litigating matters in the media.

Nocma, state-owned oil company, advertised fuel supply tender for 314.820 metric tonnes (MT) for 2020/2021 fuel supply and Buluma, who was recently removed as acting CEO, claims Kambala, Chaima and Chihana had allegedly been meddling in the tender process with “intent to influence award of fuel supply contracts to specific suppliers.”

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

Kambala
buluma
can you just say the truth and we get on with the New Mw we want.
no NONSENSE NOW.

ACB
CIZUMA please help to clear this rubble

Domingos Matondo
Domingos Matondo
7 months ago

So the minister was to supervise the CEO? Sure? Come of think of it again. The cabinet minister supervising……hmmmm. Where are the technocrats in the ministry? mmmmmh bad smell. Something is rotten here!

Kokoloko Holdings
Kokoloko Holdings
7 months ago

Inetu ndimawona ngati Bulumayo ndi ka beauty kenakake

Bengo
Bengo
7 months ago

The She goat should be fired. She is purely DPP and want to sabotage this. Why was she participating in politics while occupying a public office.

National Ceo
National Ceo
7 months ago

Just resign and pave way for investigation.

Grant GH
Grant GH
7 months ago

Time to get serious with rooting out corruption. May be he did not act alone but clearly the Minister was not smart. Pave the way for investigations Mr Minister. This is a very serious allegation. The tender cannot be held under your headship of the sector even when new management is appointed. You are compromised.

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
7 months ago

Nde zachibwanatu he says she says basi.

Genghis Khan
7 months ago

A minister is the overall authority. Suppliers can approach her/him and he/she can direct them to the right offices. In fact a minister can and should advise a CEO. Kambala is a successful business person and he must have brought with him a new results oriented mentality. As for Buluma, what is her endgame? If she cannot work with her minister, who will she listen to? Rule number one, Never outshine the master. 48Rules of Power.

First Blunder
First Blunder
7 months ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

The Minister will not survive this one. He is hooked. Clearly there is wrong doing. These allegations are also supported by the Minister’s defence of use of Tanzanian transporters in fuel haulage two weeks ago. He was for maintenance of status quo. DPP inadya nanenso ndidye syndrome at the expense of Chakwera’s government reputation.

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
7 months ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

A minister is not the overall authority. Not even the president can advise a company on who to give a tender to. Secondly any supplier who goes directly to a minister shud be disqualified. Any supplier who goes to meet management of a company after submitting a tender should be disqualified. Tender processes are clear. Submit your tenders. If you have questions before submitting a bid there are contact people who are listed to be contacted and a minister is not one of them. This is bad governance and a minister shud be angry with any suppliers who try to… Read more »

JACK OBAMA
JACK OBAMA
7 months ago
Reply to  Sikusinja

This total lies; If the minister would not ask the CEO’s about the palastatals day to day work then you are telling me that the CEO’s are powerful than ministers. To me the ministers represent the president and if the minister was inquiring about the tenders does not mean meddling was acting within his capacity. Please give us break…

guguda
guguda
7 months ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

Chihana should not even have accompanied his business partners because that is conflict of interest

Wiseup
Wiseup
7 months ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

Kodi mesa pa invitation to tender amayikapo adiresi. Chokaperekera kwa a minisitala kapena kukakomana ndi management ndichiyani mmalo mokapereka ku adiresi yomwe ili pa invitation. Nanga omwe siadziwana ndi a minisitala pena management ziwathera bwanji? kolapushoni ija ndiimeneyi. Awo a Kambala ndi a Chihana ayala lawo bedi agonemo tsopano asa. Ife pokavota timafuna kuti uyo amene sadziwana ndi a minisitala, management kapena aliyense mu boma nayenso apeze mwayi opatsidwa kontilaki yopanga supply. Nanga zikamatere zithekanso?

Mogasa
Mogasa
7 months ago

Buluma is a typical woman. Snake..I hardly feel confortable working with ladies..you can get angry that’s non of my business..God created you to be in the kitchen. Paliponse kubudula nyemba not because she is patriotic but coz she she saw nothing for her in.

Wiseup
Wiseup
7 months ago
Reply to  Mogasa

Where and when did God say a woman’s place is the kitchen? God created woman as HELPER not WORKER FOR MAN. Since when did a helper become the owner of the job? I tell you every work starting from sweeping, mopping, cooking, raising children, providing for the family etc. is for the man. A woman’s job is just to HELP. Now because you men are failing in your God given responsibilities, that is why women are taking over those responsibilities. Seee, now get up to your jobs real men and treat the women as the Queens that they are 🙂… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by Wiseup
monosile
monosile
7 months ago
Reply to  Mogasa

Mogasa, I personally support you wholly I feel not very comfortable working with ladies when you like give some advice especially when they are your senior they feel offended and sometimes take it as underrating their authority.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
7 months ago

If indeed Buluma has audio tapes of Kambala directing her to only award contracts to the four companies, then he’s toast! He’s no business interfering in the tender process. On the other hand, if no such tapes as alleged exist, then Buluma will be a laughing stock. Stay tuned …..

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