Sawa Group face investigations over shoddy works

Authorities in both the government and non state actors in Malawi have launched investigations on a Kenyan construction company Sawa Group Limited over shoddy and substandard works it does.

The works of Sawa Group speaks for themselves

The investigations border on reports that the company is too corrupt and facilitates corrupting the government officials including Ministers in the previous Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to get contracts but subsequently offer shoddy works after sharing some of the money with the corrupt officials.

“The government received complaints from the civil society over the substandard works that Sawa Group does. This was after reports of massive corruption orchestrated by the company in paying huge sums of money to government officials and end up doing shoddy works because no one can question after giving the kickbacks,” said a senior government official close to the probe.

Among its shoddy works,  Sawa Group’s multi-million Kwacha bridge over a stream running from Area 23 to Chilinde in Lilongwe melted away after just moderate rains in 2017.

The way the bridge collapsed clearly showed lack of workmanship and top class engineering forcing people to question if adequate materials were used consumerate with contract amount.

The collapse forced residents to call for government and it’s agencies to evaluate the capacity of the contractor. But no action was taken then and Sawa Group has continued doing shoddy works in all the contracts that it has with government.

However, the new government, with the civil society watching closely, is tightening the noose on the company hence the probe that it has instituted.

Sawa Group also were  under the spotlight when  Northern Region Water Board (NRWB) awarded it  a contract price of $14.7 million (about K11 billion) the bidding price was $10 million (about K7.5 billion).

The contract in question relates to the Mzimba Intergrated Urban Water and Sanitation Project, which seeks to improve access to water supply in Mzimba town.

In December 2015, Parliament authorised the Ministry of Finance to borrow $14.85 million (about K8.9 billion at the time) from Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) Fund for International Development (Ofid) for the project with a repayment period of 20 years.

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General Kanene wa pa Zed
General Kanene wa pa Zed
1 month ago

Kenya Is the East Africa’s Nigeria when it comes to corruption. This company must indeed go back to where it belongs.

Benjones
Benjones
1 month ago

These companies are murderers. You saw the accident on zomba road limbe 3 ladies selling airtime and sugarcane died on spot because s truck lost control when turning in that narrow place.

Jamali
Jamali
1 month ago

Ndipo nde ndianthu ankhaza koopsa tikhala pa site. Komaso amatulutsa folex kwambili

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 month ago

Ndowe ku Dwambazi gravity pipe water project these crooks left in a hurry the director for irrigation never delivered anything the scheme is facing delivery challenges. Vetting rot

Malawi belong to the citizens

Mandatory wearing musks is a welcome thing, and this was supposed to happen when the first case was discovered in the country ,more people would have been saved. Thanks for doing that, Tonse alliance government.

Mr Tishu Kaviphwisi
Mr Tishu Kaviphwisi
1 month ago

Any connection in regards to the article??????

Malawi belong to the citizens

The government should train citizens to build strong things.

Neno
Neno
1 month ago

THIS COMPANY HAS EVEN CAPITALIZED WITH OUR ON TAXPAYERS MONEY ….THEY WERE NOTHING WHEN THEY WERE COMING HERE.

Isaac Mbewe
Isaac Mbewe
1 month ago

I hear Getrude Muthalika has shares in SAWA but this substandard is in most contracts they have been awarded in Malawi.

Zamadunga
Zamadunga
1 month ago

This company was kicked out of Kenya for being corrupt and came to Malawi as a drilling company.

Ndata Boy
1 month ago

I have been saying over and over gain that SAWA GROUP, PLEM and MOTOR ENGIL these THREE companies are very corrupt, in their works is nothing to admire and do not last long. Where on earth is STRABAG a company that is disciplined and professional and they make international std roads.

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