Parliament summons Escom over K1.9 billion fraud

Malawi Parliament has angrily reacted to the  3.8 million litres of diesel worth K1.9 billion for Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) for running power generators and has since asked the power utility management and board to appear before the Energy and Natural Resources Committee by September.

Musowa:  We have summoned Escom board

The generators are being managed by Aggreko International Projects—an independent power producer (IPP)—to help mitigate the power generation crisis in the country in the wake of challenges faced by Electricity Generation Company (Egenco).

The fuel was reportedly  lost  to a syndicate involving transporters, security guards and its staff.

Chairman of the parliamentary committee Victor Musowa said in addition to Escom management and board, the legislators have also summoned ministry of Energy and Natural Resources officials and power regulator Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera).

“As a committee, we are equally concerned, we are equally disappointed with the turn events at Escom,” said Musowa, a ruling Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) legislator.

Musowa said the theft of the 1.8 million litres of fuel comes at a time when the committee is yet to conclude its investigations on the questionable hiring of the power generators.

“We want to find out how much Escom is paying for the generators; if the procurement procedures were duly followed before the acquisition of the generators,” he said.

He said the committee has already communicated with Escom, the ministry and Mera over the issue, saying they are expected to meet in September if not earlier, saying the committee is treating the theft of the fuel as a matter of urgency.

Musowa said the committee has the mandate to investigate the rot at Escom, saying it has the overseer mandate of the government resources.

Escom public relations manager Innocent Chitosi confirmed the diesel racked after revelations by Vice-President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC), who during the launch of United Transformation Movement (UTM) Southern Region rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre.

The Vice-President cited the diesel racket in his emphasis of entrenched corruption and fraud in government ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) under the DPP administration.

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Come on useless parliamentary commitee. What are you going to interview them about. MK1.9b is stolen so all you need to do is file a case and let the culprits be jailed. Get any one of the private forensic auditors to do the investigation and get an honest judge to hear the case. Malawi is rotten to the core from the head right to its body including the tail. No one can now be trusted.

C Banda
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C Banda

“The fuel was reportedly lost to a syndicate involving transporters, security guards and its staff.”

Yes, but who are the organising brains behind these small fish, and where has the fuel actually gone to?

KUCHITEKETE
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KUIBELABELA COMPANY KENEKO NKUMATI MA OVERHEADS FOR RUNNING COMPANY ARE HIGH TO JUSTIFY TARIFF HIKE….PENA KUMAKHALA NDI UMUNTHU KOMANSO KUMAOPA MULUNGU (WHICH YOU DON`T I KNOW) POMACHITA ZINTHU PLEAS COZ OVULALA PAMENEPO NDI ORDINARY POOR MALAWIAN OPANDA POGWIRA. IMMAGINE THE VERY SAME MEAGRE INCOMES WE GET KUMANGOONJEZERABE MA EXPENCE UNNECCESSARILY!!??….anzanu tili busy kudzikundikila chuma chakumwamba inu chapansi pompano…MULUNGU ACHITA NANU MWADZILUNGAMO DZAKE…..

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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Does this require summoning management and the board or simply dissolve the board and fire big fish at ESCOM? This matter will not too far, it wil simply die a natural death which the committee will have pocketed allowances.

Huwee
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Huwee

It is wrong to link theft at the Electricity Commission to Government Ministry or DPP Government
This is clear theft by staff at Escom in collusion with drivers.The staff there have stollen bulbs saver energy type now sold in markets

OneMalawi
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OneMalawi

More than 3 million litres nigga? Guards can’t steal that, higher powers have a hand in this

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