Muhara named in land allocation scandal

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has again written the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) with additional information on dubious land allocation and named  the former Chief  Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Lloyd Muhara to have been the one responsible for authorising the award of 1.171 hectares of land to Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha at a price of K30.5 million.

Muhara: To face probe

In a letter dated August 10 2020 signed by HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence said he was furnishing the graft-busting body with fresh information following up on their letter dated August 5 asking for a probe in how Mchacha acquired the land belonging to the Department of Forestry, Plot Number LW 1366 at Limbe West in Blantyre City in a dubious manner.

Trapence said the coalition, through their whistleblower initiative, has received information that the Kanjeza Forest plot was actually awarded by Muhara on June 14, 2-19.

“This followed a memorandum from the then Secretary for Lands, Housing and Urban Development Bright Kumwembe written on the same day,” the letter by HRDC reads in part.

According to Trapence, at the time the plot was being given to Mchacha, there was no Cabinet and that such an approval was supposed to be done by the Minister of Lands and not by the Chief Secretary to the government.

“We wonder in what capacity the Chief Secretary was doing this,’ said HRDC and appealed to ACB to commence the investigations.

According to a lease document, Mchacha was granted approval to lease the land for 99 years, beginning July 1 2019.

HRDC says it wants individuals that acquired public land through political connections to be probed, specifically those that did so under the ousted DPP regime.

The coalition also wants ACB to probe how a Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) land in Area 3 in Lilongwe was sold to two businesspeople, Mustaq Chothia and Suleiman Ismail Karim.

The organisation further alleges that the two were also dubiously awarded land near Kamuzu Central Hospital roundabout, Lilongwe’s Area 15 and Area 3 as well as plots opposite Lilongwe Labour Offices.

HRDC says it wants the ACB to commence the investigations on the reported cases at the soonest time possible.

Since taking office, President Lazarus Chakwera, 65, has launched investigations into some of the deals agreed by the previous government, suspending contracts.

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ndekhantani mwale
ndekhantani mwale
1 month ago

Muhara Loyidi. is the worst Chief secretary in the History of Malawi. he was a chief politician at Capital Hill.

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
1 month ago

A zombie government of plunderers, looter, mafia, unlimited power. No wonder Muhara in his delusions thought he had powers to fire the CJ

Chalo
1 month ago

Similarly, BJ had obtained Admarc land in Mulanje with approval from President Muluzi.
But later the court, held the grant by the President was illegal since it only the Minister of Lands that has power to grant permission to land.
BJ lost the Chitakale house at Chitakale estate
In Mulanje, which wa later bought by Mulli

Chirombo
Chirombo
1 month ago

Lets start with the basics and understand that corruption involves a giver who is a briber and a taker who is the bribed. Its not only the ones who accepted the bribes who have to be investigated because the rot starts with briber bribing to the willing bribed – so both the giver and taker have to be investigated. The manner in which the supply of fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, note books in fact the procurement of government is structured and the single source contracts to Mota Engil, are to facilitate the big fish takers to receive big bribes from the big… Read more »

Malawi belong to the citizens

Amangidwe wonse achinyengo .

Muhariwa
Muhariwa
1 month ago

Fiscal Police and ACB are afraid of Muhara

BigMan
BigMan
1 month ago

Anyone else would have resigned or stepped aside to allow for proper and ethical inveatigations, but not this hoodlum.

MTEMBOSUPHWISA
1 month ago

kodi Grisseda alipo ?

Masharubu
Masharubu
1 month ago

Malawians, before you go after each other, deal with the Mwenye menace first. Amwenye are the root cause of most of the corruption you see in Malawi. Deal with them effectively and your corruption problems will be half solved. Otherwise, it will just be more of the same. The Amwenyes will discard the Ben Phiris and Lloyd Muharas only to replace them with the Sidik Mia’s and Richard Chimwendo Banda’s, and we will be back to square one.
Cut off the snake’s head by effectively dealing with the mwenye problem once and for all.

Concerned parentarrest
Concerned parentarrest
1 month ago
Reply to  Masharubu

Totally agree with you….Indians are too corrupt

Munda Wanga
Munda Wanga
1 month ago
Reply to  Masharubu

Bravo, bravo, bravo. Mashrarubu you have got it absolutely right. I hope President Chakwera reads your post. For hat you say is the magic formula to lift Malawi to a middle income nation. The mwenyes and the Greek who are contracted to supply fertilizer, pharmaceuticals, note books have caused immense suffering to our people. As much as the nonsense of awarding Mota Engil single source contracts. I so wish I knew who you are and you know who I am.

Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago
Reply to  Masharubu

100%

Pension Nenereko
Pension Nenereko
1 month ago
Reply to  Masharubu

It is us Malawians in positions of that allow this nonsense to be happening

Boy
Boy
1 month ago

ACB can you also probe Trapence n Mayaya for abuse of office n theft of donor money as well as destruction of business, property during the demos they led

Don Master
Don Master
1 month ago
Reply to  Boy

Unfortunately that’s not corruption. ACB deals with corruption.

Shady
1 month ago
Reply to  Boy

ACB must probe bra Trapence and Mayaya they have pocketed too much money for donors at expense of the they think that they are untouchable plus queen Jetgate

Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago

Also the sub standard construction . These plans are passed by CORRUPTION.

Tony D'Souza
Tony D'Souza
1 month ago
Reply to  Benjones

Mota Engil is responsible for corrupt acts since Bakili brought them to this country

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony D'Souza

The problem is not Mota Engil, the problem is our crooked thugs masquerading as politicians. Good see Zambezi Bridge in Tete, Mozambique, Great East Road from Chipata to Luangwa River in Zambia. Quality construction work by the same Mota Engi.
But Mchacha angakhale minister?
And now the Prince of Thieves claims he didn’t know zinthu zimabedwa? Zoona? Amamusankhila ma mediocre ake ndani?

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