Msaka, Asians, PP functionaries dominate Malawi fertiliser contracts

Chief Secretary to the Government Bright Msaka is among the list of people who have been given contracts to supply and transport fertiliser in the multi billion kwacha Farm Input Subsidy Programme (Fisp).

The list which Nyasa Times has seen is also dominated by sympathisers of Peoples Party (PP) and Asian businessmen who are known to have been bankrolling the ruling party.

Some analysts have questioned the awarding of a transport contract to Msaka, a top most civil servant, saying those awarding the contract may have favoured him since he is the overall boss of the civil service.

According to the list of transporters for the fertiliser subsidy, Msaka’s company, Zingakake Transport will transport the commodity in all the three regions of the country.

Bright Msaka: To transport fertiliser in all three regions

The list also contains other transporters who will only distribute the fertiliser in one region despite having the capacity to distribute the fertiliser in all the regions.

According to documents from the Registrar of Companies, Msaka registered his company on May 21, 2009 under certificate number 116583 and put his occupation as civil servant and lawyer with Kanengo as a principle place of business (physical address).

The fertiliser subsidy contracts contain some Asian businessmen who have political connections with both the DPP and PP.

One such Asian businessman is Zuneth Sattar who owns two companies that have all been given contracts to supply fertiliser.

Sattar owns Krish Trading which has been given a contract to supply 8,755 metric tonnes of different types of fertiliser and he, together with his two brothers also owns another company Xelite Stripes which will supply 5,500 tonnes of different types of fertiliser.

Ironically, Sattar was in good books with the Bingu Wa Mutharika administration where he was a well known financier of the DPP.

Krish Trading was given a contract worth K48 million to supply the Malawi Police Services with teargas canisters,  button sticks, glass armour shields,  teasers and other protective materials in preparation for the aborted demonstrations by the civil society groups late last year.

But after change of government in April this year, Sattar and other Indian businessmen who were supporting the late Bingu switched and started helping PP through their association with Vice president Khumbo Kachali.

One of the people who was financing the DPP and has also been given a contract to supply fertiliser is Abraham Simama who will supply 8,000 tonnes of fertiliser and has also been given a contract to transport the commodity in all the three regions of the country.

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