Minister Msukwa, deputy Abida probe Malawi Housing Corporation plots sale: Interrogate Patel of KU Distributors

It appears the honeymoon for dubious land transactions is over in Malawi as a familiarization tour to Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) in Blantyre by Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kezzie Msukwa and his Deputy, Abida Sidik Mia turned into an inquiry on how a plot of land was acquired by businessman Mr Patel owner of KU Distributor in Mudi, Blantyre.

The Minister of Lands Msukwa and Deputy Abida Mia enganging Patel at his Maone Office in Blantyre
Minister Msukwa and Deputy Minister Abida Sidik Mia inspecting houses built by MHC at Ngambe site in Blantyre
Minister of Lands at the plot alleged to have been sold fraudlently in Mudi, Blantyre

During the tour at MHC, it was learnt that a Plot in Mudi was fraudulently sold to Mr Patel. When quizzed, MHC chief executive officer Eunice Napolo and company secretary, Bob Chimkango – a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) operative – distanced MHC from ever taking any part in the transaction.

“We were never involved in the transaction of this land. We just learnt, to our surprise, that the documentation was done by the Lands Department,” said Napolo when quizzed to explain as to what happened.

When the Minister and his deeputy arrived at the plot where  Patel built a mansion, it was learnt that the owner was at his KU Distributors industry, in Maone, Blantyre.

Msukwa and Mia then followed him in order to get to the bottom of the issue.

Patel, looking calm and collected, fished out what he called original documents, to back his claim that he is the rightful owner of the plot.

After a brief exchange, the Minister told Patel that they will make a final determination on the matter and that he will be communicated to.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, Msukwa together with his deputy will preside over the Ministry of Lands where the rule of law will be the guiding compass.

He urged MHC staff, whom he said was impressed with the kind of work they are doing ‘to apply the best of their professionalism’ if they are to deliver on the mandate they have of providing affordable housing to the nation.

“We need to succeed as a nation and to do that we need to separate politics from office work. No politicization of the workplace,” Msukwa said.

During the familiarization tour, the Minister and deputy toured BCA Hill and Ngumbe sites where MHC is constructing flats as well as bungalow houses.

The Minister has also put MHC on high alert that they will commence construction of 100 house units, 50 for officers in the Police Service in Mzuzu and the remaining 50 for the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Officers at Support Battalion.

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Malawi belong to the citizens

Amangidwe wonse amagulitsa Malo
aboma,akalandirapo zamanjaThis is the opportunity to correct all mistakes which has been happening at the ministry of lands,mangani anthu mangani.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
1 month ago

Real government and real change, can’t be more prouder.

Joy
Joy
1 month ago

Kangaroo Courts. Cabinet Ministers are now investigators and prosecutors. What a State!

Khima
Khima
1 month ago

Why have Minister and Deputy when akuyendela limodzi for duties?

Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago

But why only that land most of them have been bought through CORRUPTION. Anything personal.

Milton Milazi
Milton Milazi
1 month ago

When Magufuli does this we salute him. When our ministers does it we say it is waste of money? There have been problems in Ministry of Lands where ministers were even involved and mere officers and this rot cannot be exposed by the same officers.

Phiri
Phiri
1 month ago

This whole exercise is a waste of money,instead of sending an officer from lands and Malawi housing to check what happened..if Mr Patel paid the monies properly either to lands or Malawi housing…than what is issue all about.

Boko
Boko
1 month ago

Please sell nyumba zanu zakale Mu Chitawira, Nkolokosa, Ndirande Newlines, Maone, Zomba, Mzuzu, Dedza, Area 18, Zingwawa Newlines etc to sitting in tenants. Nanga nyumba anaba APM ku Nyambadwe ya MHC sititenga? Azinzakeso ena got houses mokuba. Mbava zonyasa ndi khope zomwe

Bolani
Bolani
1 month ago

Good effort by the ministry….also check with Zomba surveys department..they were demarcating and allocating plots fraudulently and they had parallel accounts where the proceeds were deposited before shared amongst themselves.

Charles Banda
1 month ago
Reply to  Bolani

Big up Kezzie, Abida Mia we are proud of you

kanjedza
kanjedza
1 month ago

What is Zodiak mic doing on Mr. Patels desk. Is it because Zodiak belongs to a minister or is it a Trial by Media

Bofomo
1 month ago
Reply to  kanjedza

Also look for the land at City Centre Mulli bought the entire Hill find out how this wa done.

Hannah
1 month ago
Reply to  kanjedza

Media is paramiunt important and has to be everywhere so nothing wrong with the mic

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