More dirt in parastatals as multi-million corruption exposed at LL Handling Company: HRDC ask ACB to act 

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has hit again, this time exposing multi-million corrupt activities at state-run Lilongwe Handling Company (LIHACO).

Trapence: ACB should act

Through its whistle-blower initiative, HRDC says it has received allegations of arbitrary award of several contracts at LIHACO in disregard of public procurement laws and regulations.

In its letter dated 6th November 2020 to Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) boss Reyneck Matemba, HRDC chairperson alleges that the CEO, Mr. Alick Kasaila, single handedly, without even advertising, identified a driller/contractor to drill a borehole at LIHACO’s head office at MK17.5 million.

“It is further alleged that the same contractor also drilled a similar borehole at the CEO’s personal house. LIHACO’s Head Office is on rented premises,” said Trapence.

Trapence added that it is also alleged that the borehole was drilled without discussion with the landlord.

“It is also alleged that LIHACO awarded a MK37 million contract for the supply of staff uniforms to the Board Chairperson’s company. It is alleged that the Chairperson Company then supplied substandard uniforms and was eventually paid MK205 million for this contract. It is further alleged that this contract was not advertised and that the Chairperson’s company was not on the list of prequalified suppliers,” he said.

Shockingly, reports indicate that Board Chairperson and the CEO procured iPads worth MK8 million without following procurement procedures.

“It is further alleged that the CEO awarded a MK640 million Ground Service Equipment contract to his personal friend, without following procurement laws and guidelines,” he said.

“It is further alleged that the same friend was awarded a contract to renovate LIHACO head office. It is alleged that this contract too was not advertised. It is further alleged that despite being paid huge sums of money, the contractor has not completed the renovations to date.

“It is further alleged that the CEO awarded a legal services contract to a legal firm belonging to his friend without advertising. The contract is worth MK1.6 million per month. It is further alleged that this contract is open ended. We appeal to ACB to investigate these allegations.”

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PAKACHERE
PAKACHERE
8 months ago

Things fall apart and it never rains but pours

Nkhanga zaona
Nkhanga zaona
8 months ago

This same Kasaila is the one who brought another IT guy to the company without following any recruitment procedures. These people thought they were running their personal farm. They must be thoroughly investigated and prosecuted.
Many people have fallen victims at the company because of his mediocre type of admnistration.

Mapwiyamuulupale
Mapwiyamuulupale
8 months ago

Alick matama ngati munthu oti sanapite ku sukulu, zaka zochepa kwambiri zomwe wakhala ku LIHACO koma kukhala ngati kuti company ya ambuyake.
Look around the whole place, there is nobody who is simpathizing with him except for one or two overzealous individuals who thought will get favours from him.
The guy is not capable of loving other people except himself, he thinks that he is the only intelligent person around the place.
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Backbencher
Backbencher
8 months ago

It is also alleged that he was involved in the dubious recruitment of one lady at a newly set so called travel agent, by the name of Nthamyo Mulambia. The lady got her way to the organization as government intern only to see herself rise to a position created specifically for her. It is alleged that this lady did interviews for a different position but was offered another position which was never advertised in the first place. Rumour has it that the lady is also sleeping with Kasaila to continue getting favours from him at the experience of other well… Read more »

Wakutsina khutu Ndi Mnasi
Wakutsina khutu Ndi Mnasi
8 months ago

The guy is one person who has done nothing but bringing the parastatal to it’s ruins, the organization is now on its way to the grave if something is not done urgently.

Zebedee
Zebedee
8 months ago

Everyone will experience the consequences of his own acts. If his acts are right,he will get good consequences; if they are not, he will suffer for it.

wapayasa
wapayasa
8 months ago

Not surprised at all. Alick Kasaila, the CEO of LIHACO is a crook and has always been a crook for a very long time. Kasaila is a staunch DPP supporter who has always been against MCP. He is one one the saboteurs and if not dealt with now, he will sabotage Tonse’s agenda. Kasaila is in the same WhatsApp group as Buluma. He got the CEO job because of the his relative the former DPP Minister Kasaila. Kasaila was once arrested when he was living in South Africa way back in the early 2000 for fraud. Kasaila hates MCP so… Read more »

Time to act fast
Time to act fast
8 months ago

HRDC Team, do your investigation on Malawi Bureau of Standards from the time Simon Mandala became the Director General and you will find corruption stinking to the core, you must know that this Mandala was and still is a hard core DPP from Bingu day’s and he was put there for a purpose under the DPP government then.

Benjones87
Benjones87
8 months ago

MBS is heavy in corruption.

Christopher Manyamba
Christopher Manyamba
8 months ago

This is pure witch hunting, as I note you are not an individual, but a group of disgruntled people under the banner “time to act fast”. Its time we as Malawians we sober up and focus on developing our country, and not individual hatred such as this. Technical people in Govt cannot just be “uprooted”-unfortunately, there are proper procedures that have to take place, coignisant of labour laws.

John Kachapira
John Kachapira
8 months ago

And the drilling machine is his. Alick is a crooked man and he has been for years with DPP.

The one
The one
8 months ago

LIHACO company inawola iyi, kasaila kukonda kunyenga ma female staff ndi ndalama zakuba, wathetsa mabanja ambiri ama female staff kumeneko. ndipo Company iyiyi even recruitment nde kumakhala chinyengo heavy, atsikana avundukulidwe kaye ma skirt, anyamata akhale akum’mwera a dpp. recruitment ya uyu mumati titani uyu sitiyinvetsa up to date. Kuli phwando ndi kulimbirana ma check-in agent achikazi kumeneku. LIHACO bosses and Malawian airlines captains mukutiwonongera azikazi athu ndithu mupole moto.
Ndalama zonsezo umadya wekha anawo nde kungowagulira ma condom nkuyika mu office kuti adzilimbirana kkkkkkkkkk umudziwe yesu

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