BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-Tender documents in our possession from the Office of the Department of Public Procurement (ODPP) reveals that Homeland Minister Richard Cimwendo Banda has been awarded contract to supply timber and other building materials for a project where government wants to construct 10 thousand houses for the country’s security organs.
The revelations come at a time when Statehouse has been named to have played a part in smuggling of a MK93 billion loan authorization bill to Parliament for the same housing project where Chimwendo as Leader of Government Business has also been implicated.
According to the documents, two Indians operating as Deepak and a Mr Abdullah were also bidding for the same project through a loan from Axim bank of india which has direct links with the Guptas’ of South Africa, however the ODPP rejected their bids.
Surprisingly, the smuggled loan authorization bill sought Parliament’s approval to get a loan of MK93 billion from Baroda bank of India which also has Gupta links.
The houses are to be built for MDF staff, Malawi Police, Immigration and Prison and is to be executed in two phases, the first being construction of 4701 houses and the second 5299 houses for a period of 4 years.
Our government source has meanwhile Informed cables that President Lazarus Chakwera was fully aware of the MK93 billion loan authorization bill.
We can also reveal that Chimwendo Banda took the bill to a Mr. Ali working at the Ministry of Finance as one of the Directors of which he refused to take part in the scheme opting to involve relevant bodies and officials.
“Chimwendo through Secretary to President and Cabinet have since transferred Mr. Ali accusing him of being a DPP cadet who was working to frustrating the MCP government,” revealed our source.
According to our source, Mr. Ali got transferred immediately and Nations Msowoya came in the picture as the errand boy.
Most analysts have called on Chakwera to get to the bottom of the matter and punish all those involved as this was a scheme aimed at defrauding Government a lot of billions in Kwachas.
Recently, Transparency International has named Malawi a very corrupt country since Chakwera took over the reigns of power. Malawi is now ranked on position 129 on the corruption index from 123.
Efforts to get Minister Chimwendo reaction on the matter proved futile as was not available and ready for comment.