MPs summon Northern Region Water Board over Mzimba water project probe suspected fraud

Malawi Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has  summoned officials of  Northern Region Water Board  (NRWB) to be  quizzed on suspicioun of fraud of the   Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project .

NRWB Chief Executive Officer Titus Mtegha: We are ready to meet them

NRWB has lately come under spotlight for awarding the contract at $3.9 million more than Sawa Group’s bid price of $10.1 million.

The board is implementing the Mzimba Integrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project to the tune of $22.85 million.

“We are interested to question the board and indeed we have invited them, “ PAC chairperson Alekeni Menyani said.

“ We are interested to interrogate the issues surrounding the awarding of the contract and the element of fraud,” said Menyani.

The board’s chief executive officer Titus Mtegha said he has not yet seen the invitation to attend parliamentary probe.

But Mtegha said the board is “ready” to meet the MPs.

MPs demand that the board should produce all documents relating to the contract.

According to the MPs, the documents they want include initial blank tender document, technical and commercial requirements from the bidders, terms and conditions of the loan acquired, evaluation report and schedules of the specific clauses of the contract (disclosures).

Other documents the MPs want to see are copies of the bid documents received by the board, copies of rejection letters to unsuccessful bidders and recommendations from the consultant.

The project is being co-funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) at $5 million, Opec Fund for International Development Fund for $14.85 million (about K10.6 billion) and the Malawi Government at $3 million (about K2 billion).

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Likongwe Ligomeka
Likongwe Ligomeka
3 years ago

SAWA Group is a dangerous company in Malawi.
SAWA Group is now an exclusive contractor of Lilongwe Water Board. If you can have a wide sense, all major projects at Lilongwe Water Board are given to SAWA Group because the CEO of LWB is the direct beneficiary.

The same tactics by SAWA Group are now being used at Northern Region Water Board. Some of us have no doubt that someone big at NRWB has been hooked by SAWA Group hence these careless decisions.
SAWA Group is AQUABO. Very dangerous and corrupt company.

3 years ago

Wakhungu wanthu aba,they even still from the poor by charging unnecessary bills,claiming is in the system,meter leader for kholongo the worst,viva PAC,help the poor,

3 years ago

Is the photo for Mr Mtegha or Mr Maweru the former Chief Director of Ministry Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development??

Chatonda Lodge
Chatonda Lodge
3 years ago

Surprisingly Mr Mwiza Mtawali -Director of Engeering/Operarions has decided to retire..wayiwonela patali mdala Chatonda Lodge..kkkk..wankhungu wakusambila

3 years ago

Atumbuka akufuna kubisana apa. Harry Mkandawire mmesa amati palibe nkhani. Go PAC as you did with maize saga. We are following.

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