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 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).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :