HRDC calls for expedition in MERA case

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The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) demands the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate with speed an alleged illegal purchase of a fuel testing van by the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA). 

The grouping, through its whistleblowing initiative received information and relevant documents from the public indicating that MERA flouted producers in purchasing the van.

According to a letter that HRDC has written ACB, MERA advertised for the procurement of a mobile fuel testing laboratory van on 3 April, 2019.

MERA then entered into a contract with City Motors for the supply of the said laboratory van in a contract valued at K704 million.

The letter further indicates that on 7 May, 2019, MERA made an advance payment of K563 million which represents 80% of the total amount.

Speaking to Capital FM, HRDC National Coordinator Luke Tembo disclosed that the procurement process were allegedly flouted and the vehicle that came did not meet the specifications of what was initially ordered.

“The vehicle that came does not meet the specifications that the procurement demanded, we forwarded this to the ACB and the Director Reyneck Matemba has acknowledged receipt and he has indicated that the matter will be further investigated,” Tembo said.

It is anticipated that the HRDC will consult further on the time-frame of the investigations in its response to the ACB’s acknowledgement of receipt.






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