Police have arrested businessman Riaz Jankhura, 59, a South African Businessman Moshing Nathwani, 40 and Javed Alam, 38 over unclaimed police uniforms that are stuck at Kamuzu and Chileka International airports.
Police Public Relations Officer Peter Kalaya has confirmed.
UTM's Saonda, Three Others Arrested
By Staff Reporter
Malawian businessmen of Indian origin, Moshin Mussa of Phazi Industries Limited and Riaz Jakhura of Speedy’s Car Sales Limited are allegedly behind a dubious contract to supply various items to the Malawi Police Service (MPS), which has seen a consignment of various items worth over 4 billion Kwacha detained at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA), our source has revealed.
The source says Mussa and Jakhura have been trying to obtain contracts to supply various items to the Police Department for some time without much success. He said this time, the businessmen are said to have used a proxy business firm and individuals who are allegedly ‘connected’ to the ruling establishment to improve their chances of winning the contracts and...
George Saonda, UTM official embroiled in Fake Tender fraud concerning supply of uniform and other gear to Malawi Police Service
Two UTM officials have now spent a couple of days in state custody at Maula prison as pro-UTM Minister together with a senior ex-official for police get linked to a fraudulent police equipment tender.
Two officials from one of the main Tonse Alliance partners, UTM, have spent days in police cell before being transferred to Maula prison over fraud relating to a fake supply tender of police materials.
The two include George Saonda who unsuccessfully stood for UTM parliamentary candidacy for Blantyre Bangwe in 2019 and Arthur Bito, a security director in UTM who is currently having a police bail obtained in 2019 after assaulting a Malawi Electoral Commissio...
Revenue Division High Court Judge Chimbizgani Kacheche has adjourned to a later date the cement case in which some people are alleged to have used former president Peter Mutharika’s Tax Payer Identification Number (TPIN).
This means two years have elapsed since the case started.
Last week, the accused persons— namely Mutharika’s former bodyguard Norman Chisale, former State Residences director general Peter Mukhito, Malawi Revenue Authority Deputy Commissioner General Roza Mbilizi and businessman Shafee Ahmed Chunara— failed to take plea because two defence team lawyers had not renewed their licences.
The court has adjourned to a later date so that the lawyers can renew their licences.
Senior State advocate Pirirani Masanjala confirmed the development.
He also said the Stat...
The elite Bishop Mackenzie International School’s 30.048 hectares of land is registered in a private name, it has emerged.
This means that the land on which Bishop Mackenzie is situated is not in government’s or the school’s name.
Alongside Sir Harry Johnson in Zomba and St Andrew’s and Hill View in Blantyre, Bishop Mackenzie International School is one of the international grammar schools the government is seeking to reclaim.
The schools used to be managed through the now-defunct Designated Schools Board before 1999.
Following the dissolution of the Designated Schools Board, the schools are being managed by boards of trustees.
In an interview yesterday, Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda said the move to reclaim the schools in question is part of the assets recovery p...
The High Court has set 6th March 2023 as a date it will commence trial in a K16.5 billion tax evasion case involving Mapeto David Whitehead and Sons (DWS) Limited executives and two MRA customs officers.
Today, parties in the matter appeared before High Court Judge Ruth Chinangwa for direction on how the case will proceed.
Chinangwa has directed that the court will on 13th October 2022 hear preliminary objections from both parties and trial will commence on 6th March 2023.
From the commencement date, the court will be hearing the matter for two consecutive weeks, every month.
On May 23 2021, Malawi Revenue Authority pounced on Mapeto DWS Limited and arrested five senior executives for multiple cases of alleged tax evasion was estimated at K10.8 billion before it was revise...
Central Medical Stores in bid to kill the Pharmacutical industry under buy Malawi Government policy
CMST are hoping to buy Medicines that are produced locally from international companies!Since 2013 when buy Malawi campaign became a Government policy to grow the local industry and build up capacity in local production.
This policy was extended to many industries of which the pharmaceutical industry is one of them. Over a year ago, PPDA has suspended the Buy Malawi policy in the pharmaceutical industry with no advance warning or reason given.
The pharmaceutical association of Malawi has been told that PPDA suspended pending new guidelines to be issued before it’s reinstated. Unfortunately, to date there was no official communication on the reason that the Buy Malawi has been su...
Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has maintained that government will not give up on businessperson Zameer Karim after he failed to honour a court order that he should pay K6.2 billion.
In an interview on Tuesday, Nyirenda said his office has applied for some further processes and is just waiting for dates of hearing.
He could, however, not be drawn to comment on what his office is demanding in the fresh application after previous applications failed to yield results.
Early this year, Nyirenda threatened Karim with bankruptcy proceedings.
With more than nine months gone without reports that Karim had paid back the money, The Daily Times wanted to find out from the AG whether he had run out of options and given up on the matter.
“Not at all,” Nyirenda sa...
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...
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...