UTM’s Makondi feels ACB stopped his firm’s car-track contract at Escom for political reasons

Businessperson-cum-politician Richard Makondi had his contract meant to install car-tracking systems on Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) vehicles from the Southern Region cancelled by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on what he suspects is politically motivated.

Makondi: Facing witch-hunt

The contract, worth K219, 757,578.66, was restricted by ACB when Makondi, who is now member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP0) breakaway political grouping, United Transformation Movement (UTM) led by Vice-President Saulos Chilima.

Makondi was National Organising Secretary of DPP before he dumped the party.

However, after joining UTM, his company C Truck Malawi Limited had a contract at Escom terminated.

Makondi’s lawyer, Joseph Kamkwasi, said his company had dully lodged a bid for the contract and others were given contracts to offer the services in the Central and Northern regions.

“My client’s contract has been suspended when the bidding was transparent and he was awarded the contract,” said Kamkwasi.

Makondi described the development as worrisome and a witch-hunt because of his association with UTM, according to the lawyer.

“Obviously, we can only speculate because he is an executive member of UTM. Possibly, the contract has been suspended because of his association with the movement because this is not only thing happening to him; a lot of government agencies are going against him,” said Kamkwasi in quotes reported by Daily Times.

But government spokesman Nicholous Dausi has dismissed that Makondi’s contract termination is politically motivated.

ACB Senior Public Relations Manager, Egrita Ndala, said the bureau received an anonymous complaint that Escom did not follow the right procedures in awarding the contract to Makondi’s company.

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Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

That’s why we have lost confidence in ACB though Matemba calls his pressers &:keep on trying to fool us with his emotions but the matter of the fact is that ACB is toothless whend it comes to issues concerning members of DPP.

mtete
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They always say the action taken is ‘politically motivated’. But has Mr. Makondi reflected for a while the environment at the time the contract was awarded? I hope he remembers he was an influential figure in DPP, a big wig then and my take is that he or his cohorts influenced the award of contract. Remember ESCOM has, and still is DPP’s cash cow.

Samuel
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Samuel

“Ndikudziwa anthu amene 2014 adalibe kanthu koma pano anenepa moopsa kwambiri ndi mano omwe”. KKKKKKKK Mukudzibaya nokha eni? ACB musaope afinyeni wina ndi masagwiyo. Wapachala ngwamphepo.

Mpoto
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Mpoto

When your a suspect that’s hat happens! You are funding UTM with stolen money. You are now facing the controls!

BigMan
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BigMan

So contracts were given to different suppliers for the north, Central and Southern regions, but out of these only Makondi’s contract didn’t follow procedures? Interesting

Godwa
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Godwa

Diphiphi team A versus Diphiphi team B. Apumbwa inu ndinu amodzi musatinamize. You got contracts through political connections pano mwayamba kulumana. Kagwereni uko ndi Chilima wanuyo.

SKC
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SKC

Join the discussion…Kkkkkkkkkkkkk amakondi ndalama zakuba za BOMA mpaka mwatuluka nazo linunda kudya bwino, apa ma contract sakupatsani sinanga mukufuna muzidya nokha ndi Chilima, apumbwa inu achabe chabe, come 2019 MCP BOMA CHAKWERA MIA BOMA, REBOOT THE SYSTEM

ndadabwa
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makondi achoke ku UTM ndi munthu wa corruption heave. achoke ameneyo atiipitsira chipani

MCP
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MCP

MCP BOMA BASI ALL THESE ARE THIEVES

Manzo
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Manzo

Choncho muziti a UTM simuli corrupt.agalu inu mwasowa chochita eti

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