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PPDA debar suppliers implicated in the K6.2 bn Covidgate

The Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority-PPDA has banned three suppliers that were implicated in the Covid-19 misprocurement scandal.
The three are Stamile General Dealers, Memory Mhango and Niya Enterprise while another supplier PES has been given a written warning for questionable transactions.
This is according to a published statement signed by the PPDA’s Acting Director Timothy Kalembo.
This follows their guilty verdict from disciplinary hearings that the Authority held in May this year, involving the K6.2 billion Covid response funds plunder.
A report by the National Audit Office revealed that the funds were mainly misappropriated through fraudulent and unprocedural procurement deals.
President Lazarus Chakwera ordered the debarment of the firms implicated in the Covid financial scam after the audit report.
The PPDA statement explains that the expelled firms will not be involved in any public procurement for a period of 2 to 3 years.
Meanwhile, the PPDA is yet to conclude hearings for others suppliers that allegedly provided fumigation services at Capital Hill and supplied Personal Protective Equipment to the Ministry of Gender.
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