The Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) has distanced itself from allegations that it awarded a contract to Zameer Karim who is answering corruption charges.
This came out of a meeting which was held earlier today, between the Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC), and officials from ESCOM in Blantyre.
Reports have been rife that ESCOM allegedly awarded Karim a K3.2 billion contract to supply LED bulbs.
Karim is accused of defrauding the police more than K3 billion in a police ration scandal.
Speaking to Capital FM, PAC Chairperson Shadreck Namalomba disclosed that they have been meeting the energy parastatals, starting with EGENCO on Friday and ESCOM today.
The PAC Chair went on to disclose that the ESCOM team denied the Zameer contract allegations.
“ESCOM has expressed surprise saying they don’t even have a contract with this particular individual not even for bulbs, not even for any other supplies, actually, they have never even dealt with this particular individual,” narrated Namalomba.
A leaked ACB report shows that Karim was fraudulently awarded a multimillion-kwacha contract to procure food ration packs for the Malawi Police Service.
After the payment, the businessman reportedly sent K145 million to the then governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
The money was sent to the DPP’s Standard Bank account whose sole signatory was President Mutharika.
After the money was deposited, the president withdrew K65 million from the account between January and October 2016.
But the ACB cleared Mutharika who maintained that the money was a donation to the DPP.
In 2019, Karim reportedly handed the Mutharika a donation of five vehicles worth K85 million registered in his name.
Following such a background, critics expressed frustrations over reports of awarding Karim such a contract when he is not cleared of corrupt charges.