ACB to probe MERA’s K704m van deal

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it has received a complaint over suspected fraud in the procurement of a mobile laboratory fuel testing van by the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera).

Documents which YFM has seen indicate that Mera signed a K703 million contract with City Motors Limited in 2018 to supply and deliver the van.

The contract was signed by Mera’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Collins Magalasi, Mera’s Director of Legal Affairs Ishmael Chiwoko and City Motors Managing Director a Mr. Sabadia.

A payment voucher with cheque number 26180, signed by the three indicate that Mera made a first payment of K563, 200,000 to City Motors Limited on May 7, 2020.

On April 17, 2020, Mera made a second and final payment to City Motors Limited amounting to K140, 800,000.

When contacted on Tuesday, Mera Spokesperson Fitina Khonje refused to comment more on the matter.

However, Khonje said Mera will allow ACB to make investigations on all transactions on the matter.

Meanwhile, the Anti-Corruption Bureau says it will look into the matter.

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