Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) says it will follow with keen interest until a logical conclusion is found in the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) fuel contracts deal.
This comes after newly appointed Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma stopped the awarding of contracts to three companies until investigations are concluded.
A notice from ACB signed by Egrita Ndala reads: "Pursuant to its powers under section 23(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, on 8th June 2021, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) issued a restriction notice to NOCMA on a c to supply fuel under procurement number NOCMA/ICB/FUEL/2020/2021.
"This follows several complaints received by the ACB alleging irregularities and
suspected corruption surrounding the fuel procurement process. The ACB has
instituted investigations into the matter.
"Following the restriction notice, NOCMA is therefore restricted from awarding the
contract until the ACB has concluded the investigation or lifted the restriction notice."
Gift Trapence of HRDC wrote ACB to ask for a probe into the importation contract after Malawi Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) punched holes into transcaction costs.
At the centre of controversy is US$50 million (approximately K45 billion) at the expense of tax payers as fuel will see a hike in prices.
The intent to award contracts to deliver 234,820 metric tonnes of refined petroleum was awarded to Lake Oil Limited, Dalbit International and Camel Oil.