Muhara implicated in K57bn Escom gensets deal with Aggreko: ACB probes

Former chief secretary to government Lloyd Muhara, a judge at the High Court,  has beem implicated to have been the the kingpin of the procurement of the multi-billion kwacha generators contract at the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) which were awarded to Aggreko in November 2017 dubiously.

Muhara at the centre of facilitating  Aggreko deal

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has confirmed it is conducting investigation relating to the procurement of the K57 billion generators.

In August 2017, the Office of the Director of Public Procurement (ODPP) stopped Escom from awarding a contract to supply 78 megawatts (MW) diesel-powered generators to Aggreko Power Solutions because of procurement irregularities.

However, in January 2018,  former pesident Peter Mutharika commissioned 55MW diesel-powered generators in Blantyre that Escom—using a single sourcing procurement method—hired from Aggreko Power Solutions, the same company the ODPP had ordered the cancellation of its contract.

Muhara has been implicated that he was influencing events  to have the geneset deal together with  Collins Magalasi  the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) boss and Escom chairperson as they allegedly had their cut on it.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has since through its Whistleblowing Initiative,  written ACB to  probe the deal and how Muhara, State House officials and Escom made recommendations to Escom to hire companies without goiung theoufh the bididng process.

In the initial procurement process, nine companies, Jocobsen Elekro AS, Aggreko, AKSA Enerji Rental Power, APR Energy, Almagamated Power Solution (APS), Altaaq Global CAT, So Energy International, Greenheart Energy Limited and Sino Hydro were shortlisted for supply of three generators that were to be stationed in three lots each at Mapanga in Blantyre, Kanengo in Lilongwe and Chinyama in Kasungu.

An Escom evaluation team then recommended that lots 1 and 2 be awarded to APR Energy and lot 3 to Aggreko International Projects. However, another evaluation was undertaken that awarded all the three lots to Aggreko, a move that forced some of the bidding companies to complain to ODPP.

In its findings, the ODPP faulted the evaluation process, saying it was not property concluded and ordered the cancellation of the awarding of the contract to Aggreko Power Solutions and asked Electricity Generation Company (Egenco) to restart the procurement process.

Malawi opted for diesel-powered generators as an interim measure to improve power supply in the wake of reduced hydro-electric power generation following low water levels in Lake Malawi and its sole outlet, the Shire River, where over 90 percent of the country’s electricity is produced.

Meanwhile, ACB is also probing an alleged theft of fuel at National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) meant for emergency diesel generators at Escom from HRDC complaint.

According to a letter dated July 28 from HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence to Matemba, Nocma went into an agreement with Escom to supply fuel between December 2017 and December 2018 following approval by Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera).

The letter states that while the contract expired in December 2018, Nocma entered into a more expensive contract with Sahara Inc of Egypt for the supply of the fuel, a development that resulted in Nocma making losses.

In December 2018, the office of the Ombudsman also launched an investigation into theft of about 4.2 million litres of fuel at Escom meant for the emergency generators procured from Aggreko.

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Mdala
Mdala
1 month ago

Muhara is also involved in a corruption deal with Tanzanian fuel transporters!
We only wonder, are guys like him or Jane Ansah get still their full perks as a high court judges?

Mwisho
1 month ago

You can continue arresting as many Lomwe people as it will please your Excellency. Ife athu ndimaso.

Itsanana
Itsanana
1 month ago
Reply to  Mwisho

Alhomwe umbava too much. Munaba ndiye musamangidwe?

Namulika
Namulika
1 month ago

Can anyone tell me whose case did Muhara describe it as a success at the high court. This man deserve to be arrested and he cannot forcefully send his boss Chief Justice on holiday. This man must go and chat whatever with mervics, The man is shit.

Chuwakwabyama
Chuwakwabyama
1 month ago

Thats why Muhara tried all he could to frustrate the system kuti APM apitilire pa mpando basi eishhhhhhhh please ACB do ur work diligently amangidwe anthu akuba owonongawa basi

An Eye for an Eye
1 month ago

Ameneyu mpaka 2500 litres of fuel as chief secretary. Amagulitsatu judge ameneyu. Get rid of such thieves.

Thief
Thief
1 month ago

Vendetta – just because he tried to force the idiotic Chief justice who has refused to go on retirement

Gaba
Gaba
1 month ago

Chisale mwamusiya?ngati mwamusiya mwamulakwira.

Chilima game yagona
Chilima game yagona
1 month ago

Suspicion is not evidence, those who whistle blow usually have no tangible evidence at all. My advice to acb and the state at large is to focus on prevention measures as the best way to deal with corruption. Izi zomafukula 2017 files azidyapo ma allowance but nothing tangible will be found.

Mafikizolo
Mafikizolo
1 month ago

Check for Muhara’s involvement in deals at Nocma (where he put his inexperienced nephew Dulla to head the organisation), at Medef (where he has his concubine Mervis Mangulenje as CEO), at MERA (where he connived with both Board Chair Joseph Bvumbwe and CEO Collins Magalasi to pull off a number of scams).

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
1 month ago
Reply to  Mafikizolo

Eish! a network to commit an ECONOMIC GENOCIDE coordinated by Prince of Thieves Mafia APM. And SKC amanena kuti munthu wamkulu akamakakamila pa mpando just know wayipitsilapo

Humphreys H.M. Ngoma
Humphreys H.M. Ngoma
1 month ago
Reply to  Fake Petros

Kodi ankakakamira pa mpando ndi ndani? Apm sanakakamire pa mpando chifukwa term yake yachiwiri sanamalize. Akanakhala kuti amafuna kusintha malamulo kuti aimenso kachitatu ndiye kuti mwambi umenewu ukanakhala wokhoza.

Mbeta Zidatha
Mbeta Zidatha
1 month ago

anayesetsa kuti chisankho chisachitike koma zinalephereka

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
1 month ago

Kuba mpaka ndi Chief Secretary yemwe? Koma abale inu eeeeish zochititsa manyazi.

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