Mining Minister Rashid Gaffar cornered in a white shirt

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera’s Tonse government Mining Minister Rashid Gaffar is implicated in a heinous scam involving the disappearing of about MK3 billion at the National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma).

It is alleged that between January 2018 and January 2019, MK3 billion worth of diesel (2 million litres) was shared among public officers who worked with the company.

According to a report we have seen, money from the oil proceeds was transferred to the said individuals (names deliberately withheld) at a rate within the range of MK400, 000 to K1.5 million per day, using Mpamba and Airtel Money.

During the same period, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) lost two million litres of diesel worth MK2.9 billion and it had entered into a contract with Nocma to supply diesel to Aggreko Limited sites, including Kanengo and Kasungu.

This publication understands that Nocma engaged Rashy motors (transport firm) for the transportation of the fuel. Rashy Motors is owned and run by Minister Rashid Gaffar.

The tankers were said to have been dispatched to deliver the cargo to Aggreko sites but according to findings of the investigation, the tankers never appeared in security guard’s register at the Aggreko sites.

“Amount of fuel used to produce Kilowatts was by far less than what was recorded as having been used,” it reads in part.

When approached, one of the senior officials at Nocma, who chose to remain anonymous, confirmed that the said report would form part of a forensic audit at the institution and declined to comment further.

The report on the investigation, put together by a team of investigators from Police, has been submitted to Capital Hill awaiting further action.Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steve Kayuni said he was aware of the issue.

“I can confirm receipt of the file…we shall process opinion and move it forward quickly considering that these allegations bordered on financial crimes, which is economic sabotage…speed is of essence…as adherents of justice and restitution, we shall pursue all financial crimes to conclusion,” he said.

In 2018, the Office of the Ombudsman also launched an investigation at Escom over the disappearance of millions of litres of fuel meant for diesel powered generators.

The nation is expecting President Chakwera’s stance towards corrupt ministers in his administration.

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