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Another Fraud Scandal, MPs Query K170bn Deal

Another Fraud Scandal, MPs Query K170bn Deal

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Parliamentarians yesterday questioned the rationale behind a Malawi Government decision to guarantee $170 million (about K170 billion) for a United Kingdom-based supplier contracted by Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM). But Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs Sosten Gwengwe assured the legislators that the sovereign guarantee did not put public funds at risk as the deal will only become effective upon delivery of fertiliser to SFFRFM warehouses. Thyolo Central member of Parliament (MP) Ben Phiri (Democratic Progressive Party-DPP) said he suspected the contract between Auzano Capital Management Limited and SFFRFM to supply 350 000 metric tonnes (MT) of fertiliser was dubious. He wondered how government issued the guarantee for such a huge contra...
Speedy’s Riaz Jakhura Finally Taken Plea In Court, Faces Four Criminal Charges

Speedy’s Riaz Jakhura Finally Taken Plea In Court, Faces Four Criminal Charges

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Riaz Jakhura of Speedy’s Car Sales Limited, who had allegedly fled the country when the police wanted him to answer criminal charges, finally appeared before the Blantyre Principal Resident Magistrate Court on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 and took plea. Jakhura pleaded not guilty to four counts of criminal trespass, intimidation, assault occasioning bodily harm, and theft of motor vehicle. His co-accused are Bashir Osman Adams, who is Director at Adams Car Hire Limited, the General Manager for Speedy's Limited, Jayaraj Gopalani, and Financial Controller, Priyal Chaninda Fernando. Since the filing of the charge sheet in court early this year, only the three accused persons had appeared before court and took plea. The three pleaded not guilty to all the charges on September 5, 2022 befo...
ACB To Probe NOCMA Fuel Contract Deals

ACB To Probe NOCMA Fuel Contract Deals

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau–ACB is regarding revelations on dubious fuel contract deals as a complaint worth probing. Former Acting CEO of the National Oil Company of Malawi–NOCMA Hellen Buluma yesterday made shocking revelations that she was pressurized to sign dubious contracts. Buluma appeared before the parliamentary Appointments Committee-PAC on issues relating to her recruitment and apparent resignation. She said the Secretary to President and Cabinet–SPC Collen Zamba had been forcing her to allegedly offer fuel supply contracts fraudulently. She also mentioned Malawi Congress Party-MCP legislator Ndaila Onani who allegedly pushed her to offer for sale Chipoka oil reserves in Salima. The ACB Senior publicist Egritta Ndala has since revealed that the matter is worth pro...
Malawians Waiting For President Chakwera To Fire Corrupt Suspect Zamba

Malawians Waiting For President Chakwera To Fire Corrupt Suspect Zamba

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The public is anxiously waiting on President Lazarus Chakwera to act on the Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Colleen Zamba for allegedly being involved in dubious fuel deals.Zamba is alleged to have pressurized National Oil Company of Malawi-NOCMA former Acting deputy CEO, Hellen Buluma, to award fuel supply contracts to a list of companies without following procedures. This was revealed by Buluma yesterday when she appeared before the parliamentary Public Appointments Committee–PAC.Buluma claimed that Zamba forced her to involve a person identified as ‘Chief’ from Nigeria and a Malawian based motivational speaker, Evalista Kamwangala to offer them fuel contracts.Chakwera has previously fired and suspended several top government officials over alleged misconduct including Zamba’...
How Are We Going To Share Profits? -Zamba

How Are We Going To Share Profits? -Zamba

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Buluma recalls that someday Zamba called her to some emergency meeting where she greeted her as Mrs Buluma and not Nantchathu. "I knew that all was not well. I was accused of contributing to the fuel crisis because of my delays to go with her recommendations. I was introduced to a company called GY and Sons which they said was ready to supply fuel and would pay in kwachas," says Buluma. She adds a meeting at the treasury had some strange faces discussing fuel supply. What shocked me was the talk of how they were going to share profits. "I later asked Mr. Henry Kachaje, {the MERA CEO} who was in the meeting to understand the profits sharing talk. He told me he did not understand it also despite being in the meeting earlier before me," says Buluma.
They Tried To Push Me For Finalization of the unlawful fuel supply contracts-Buluma

They Tried To Push Me For Finalization of the unlawful fuel supply contracts-Buluma

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Buluma akuti panalinso mkumano wina omwe adatsogolera ndi munthu dzina lake Nyambalo Phiri yemwe adati kampani yawo inali yokonzeka kubwereka NOCMA 250 million dollars ya mafuta. Iye wati mkuluyu adabwera ndi zikalata zokonzakonza zomwe zimangofunika kuti iye ngati mkulu wa NOCMA angosainila zomwe akuti adakana. “I now began thinking that’s why they wanted me to still remain in my position by NOCMA board so that I should help them push for the finalization of the unlawful fuel supply contracts. I could be right or wrong but that’s what came into my mind later,” says Buluma. In summary, she says she resigned because she could not bring on board the Chief, Eva and others to intercept the Abu Dhabi deal. “The State President, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera once told me to go and do what is...
Zamba Introduced to a lady called Evalister Kamwangala to act as a broker

Zamba Introduced to a lady called Evalister Kamwangala to act as a broker

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Buluma further tells the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament that Zamba again introduced her to a lady called Evalister Kamwangala to act as a broker between Abu Dhabi Oil Company of the United Arab Emirates for fuel supply contracts. She says she was surprised with the development as she had earlier been linked to be talking to the foreign company's CEO. Buluma adds she got suspicious of the motives as this deal was now having at least four brokers. She tells PAC that this was a strange arrangement as what she knew was that the deal was supposed to be government to government and not otherwise. "I was asked to travel to Dubai to meet Evalister for certain things I needed to sign. When I searched about Eva on LinkedIn, I noted Eva is a motivation speaker. I advised mad...
Zamba Kept Pushing Buluma To Accept Corrupt Chief’s Contract

Zamba Kept Pushing Buluma To Accept Corrupt Chief’s Contract

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The former NOCMA acting CEO, Hellen Buluma says NOCMA board chairperson, Collen Zamba told her there was someone called Chief who would want to work with the company. She tells PAC that the Chief, whom she concluded was from Nigeria, had told her that she had discussed everything with Zamba and what remained was her {Buluma's} signature. Buluma says she told Zamba that this was not proper and that they needed to follow all the necessary procurement procedures. She says Zamba kept pushing her to accept the Chief's proposal. Buluma adds Zamba also introduced her to some South African company Iconic Venture on the same issues of fuel supply
Fire Zamba Now-CDEDI

Fire Zamba Now-CDEDI

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Serious allegations pointing to abuse of office and suspected corruption on fuel supply contracts levelled against the embattled Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Colleen Zamba have prompted some local civil rights groups and accountability institutions to demand immediate action on her to protect civil service integrity. On Wednesday, former National Oil Company of Malawi-NOCMA Acting Chief Executive Officer, Hellen Buluma blatantly told the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament-PAC that Zamba exerted unnecessary pressure on her to award fuel supply contracts to her preferred companies without following proper procurement procedures. Center for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives-CDEDI wants President Lazarus Chakwera to fire Zamba; further questioning the ab...
Buluma Expose Fuel Dirty Deals At Nocma, Implicates MCP Top Politicians

Buluma Expose Fuel Dirty Deals At Nocma, Implicates MCP Top Politicians

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Buluma says, what she has told the committee is just a bit of what was/is happening. She says, 'it's just a lot'. Buluma says, she used to get political pressure while at NOCMA and it hasn't been easy for her working there. "We got too much pressure". On the political pressure, Buluma says she got pressure from one Member of Parliament Ishmael Onani and his father who have been pushing to get Chipoka depot. According to Buluma, Onani and his father wanted to get Chipoka so that they give it to one Indian company owned by one man called 'Karan'. "Onani and his father have been coming to the office shouting, banging tables, pushing things, pressurizing us to give them Chipoka depot. Kumatiuza kuti 'ndife a MCP tikulamula ifeyo, ndiye mutipatse Chipoka kuti tizikwanittsa ku...