A new racket has emerged in town where both unsuspected Malawian businessmen and foreigners especially of Asian origin are being swindled of millions of kwacha by some individuals claiming to be family friends and close associates of the new President of Malawi, Joyce Banda, in order to influence the awarding of contracts.
Some of the individuals involved in these shoddy deals are the president’s close family members and prominent members of the Peoples Party’s politburo who were unexpectedly left out of cabinet.
Investigations by Nyasa Times have revealed that some meetings have been taking place in hotels such as Sunbird Lilongwe Hotel, Cresta Crossroads and Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe and in Blantyre the meetings are taking place at Sun bird Mount Soche Hotel.
Prominent Asian businessmen in both Lilongwe and Blantyre City have revealed that they have been approached by individuals asking for money in order to have their companies favoured during the bidding process of government tenders.
However, most Asian businessmen were skeptical of these individuals because they could not provide details of any available government tenders that require bidding at the moment.
Some businesspersons who spoke to Nyasa Times said a trio of PP executive members were soliciting money for the party’s activities.
“I was approached to donate to People’s Party to support its activities,” said an Asian businessman (namewitheld).
“They are intimidating,” he said identifying the officials to have served in government sometime.
President Banda warned cabinet after the swearing in ceremony of new cabinet ministers at the New State House In Lilongwe that her government will not entertain corrupt practices by public officials including cabinet ministers.
She warned that corrupt ministers will be chopped.