Not fake news! Crossroads Hotel confirms getting payment from State House

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba has said that the bureau will investigate suspicious payment by State House for its four foreign guests allegedly for inflating figures for business at Crossroads Hotel at its Lilongwe unit.

Crossroads Hotel director confirms there was payment from State House

Crossroads Hotel earlier issued a statement dismissing an earlier Nyasa Times report, saying the hotel has had no dealings with State House in connection with Kiza Aziz Elias–who is posing as an agent hosting three “Israeli security agents” at Crossroads Hotel at the expense of the tax payer.

The statement claimed Nyasa Times had published “malicious allegations”, saying the hotel did not receive any Local Purchasing Order from State House nor has it received any payment.

Presidential press secretary Brian Banda said State House could not make a comment on the matter, saying this would be “dignifying fake news.”

He said: “Crossroads Hotel, as the owner of the invoices in question, has issued a press release stating that the story in question is false. As such, State House has no further comment to make on this matter, because dignifying fake news with a response does not serve the interest of Malawians.”

But one of Crossroads Hotel director Sameer Scaraine said they withdrew the statement dismissing Nyasa Times as false story because after checking with their records, they had discovered that was an iota of truth because a cheque worth K12.5 million was paid directly from a State House account.

He confirmed that Kiza Aziz Elias–whom the information Nyasa Times has gathered also described as Miguel Elias – has been lodging at Crossroads Hotel with the said “Israelis” from the 5th of July 2020 and indeed paid K12.5 million cheque from State House.

But Sacraine said K12.5 million is the only known payment from State House, saying the other bills has been footed by Miguel.

Miguel – trading as Chitundu Distributers – confirmed he was doing some work for State House, hence his payment for his stay at the hotel in a hotel room of $350 a night.

According to Sacraine, the State House cheque was paid by Miguel.

“K12.5 million was only cheque from State House because Miguel has been paying cash all these days,” he said.

He said the State House guests were initially accommodated in suites that cost $350 per night but were offered $300 as a reduction – about K225 000 per night.

Sacraine said after lodging in the suites for about eight days, they asked to be moved to other rooms which costs $90 per night “and they were in these rooms for about a month.”

He said Miguel was still a guest at Crossroads Hotel and has since moved out of $300 room to a cheaper one.

Following detailed information from Scaraine, the matter is not “fake news” as alluded by State House and Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has since asked ACB to probe the matter.

Matemba said the matter will be followed thoroughly.

But Crossroads Hotel said it does not “condone corruption and theft of public funds” as such it says it cannot be used as “a conduit to defraud the government.”

Recently, Member of Parliament for Mzimba North Yeremiya Chihana (Alliance for Democracy-Aford) made allegations that some officials in the President Lazarus Chakwera administration were corrupt, receiving money from some Malawian businesspersons of Asian descent.

He was stampeded by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) legislators to sweep the matter under the carpert.

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Nungwe Tchayako
1 month ago

Nyasatimes is the only media house which is doing proper investigative journalism and is currently the only media house that is reporting issues as they are without bias. Congratulations and keep it up! We would have loved if Nyasatimes had also established a Television and radio which could be used to disseminate real information to all Malawians. We will not be surprised to see Nyasatimes wiping out all the awards as the best media house this year. The other media house like Times, the nation and MBC are just sitting phwii pampando not knowing what to do. Why don’t you… Read more »

PP litete
PP litete
1 month ago

I cry for my Malawi

Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
1 month ago
Reply to  PP litete

Kumva mkhwangwa ili m’mutu. Ine kudabwa, lero ma political analyst sakumveka bwanji? Mwina ali kaye ku chimbudziiii?
Chosamva anachiphikira m’masamba. Waona nkhanga, wataya chinziri. Tonse Alliance woooo!! mpaka 2025, no absence, no sick report. Gule adzapita kwao mu 2025, basi ndinanena nde ndanenanso basi!!!

WaWaKK
WaWaKK
1 month ago

Where there is corruption there is an Indian. Crossroads would not have been paid the money without prior arrangement. Any honestly Rev Excellency Chakwera, Israeli’s with some agent? What is going on Sir, are you not repeating what led to Bakili Muluzi, Bingu, Mama Corruption Banda and APM being failures and enemies of the people. Please Bwana what are you doing in the name of God stop it Sir

Ochewa
Ochewa
1 month ago

Tonse tisolole govt

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
1 month ago

Despicable bandits replaced by more bandits,didn’t think my vote would bring in more robbers dressed in different regalia.

Khima
Khima
1 month ago

Same Script Different Actors….

China
China
1 month ago

Kodi why do you deal with amwenye we have prominent businessmen and women who can do better than amwenye. I believe its because amwenyewa amakhala atawapasa mabwanawa big chunks of money before hand. Shame on Malawi ndithu

Ku lumbadzi
Ku lumbadzi
1 month ago
Reply to  China

Every government transaction,doesn’t matter who the supplier /contractor/service providers are.corruption is involved,there is always a “cut” for big kahuna’s/technocrats/politicians.

CITIZEN
CITIZEN
1 month ago

With the integrity the Mec chair, Chifundo Kachale run the election and the extent of plunder we discovered was going on under DPP, I celebrated the Chakwera/Chilima victory like nobody’s business. I really believed that real change had come to Malawi. That celebration was however brought to a screeching halt the moment the family cabinet list was announced. I completely lost trust in this leadership. Everything else that’s following, failure to prosecute cases, taking bribes, capturing media, failure to adhere to 60-40 gender balance (followed by the arrogance of asking for names of qualified women as if names for the… Read more »

China
China
1 month ago

Brian Banda lero ndiye he is backing umbava and yet he was the one pressing Dpp ndalama ndisatanadi eti. Mr Matemba musaope gwilani ntchito momasuka Chakwera si good leader

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 month ago

Eish nowhere to run Malawi is very difficult to rule every politician come and lie cleaning the rubble just to change the people but still the same situation

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