Roads Authority (RA) Chief Executive Officer Trevor Hiwa has been faulted by a team of investigators that he awarded a K217 million World Bank funded project to his own company called Infracon Limited and that he should face disciplinary action, according to published report.
The Board of the Roads Authority (RA) R Board Chairperson Jackson Gomani confirmed that an investigations report dated September 29, 2016 was submitted to the board recommended disciplinary action.
The findinds of the investigations were also submitted to Secretary to Trreasury, Ronald Mangani.
“[Hiwa] may therefore be liable to disciplinary action un ine with RA’s Conditions of service and his employment contract,” the investigations report recommends, according to Daily Times.
The contract No RA/ CON/2015-16/09, which World Bank funded to the tune of US$303 823, was for the design and construction, and supervision services of various roads in Central Region and Southern regions following the floods that devastated the country in 2015 under the Malawi Flood Emergency Recovery Project (MFERP
The investigators included Chief Director responsible for good governance in the office of president and cabinet Wezi Kayira (chairman), chief state advocate in the ministry of justice and constitutional affairs Richard Santhe, Director of Human resources management and development Hilario Chimota and deputy director in the office of director of public procurement Edward Jeke.
They were investigating Hiwa after Malawi News revealed that he awarded the multi-million kwacha contract to a company which he owns.
The investigators have also recommended that “a comprehensive procurement audit” should be conducted.
The matter has attracted the attention of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) which said ot already received a complaint on the matter s.
“The Anti-Corruption Bureau had already received the complaint before the time it appeared in the paper. It is processing and will review the complaint to see if there is merit to warrant its action,” said ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala.
Hiwa wrote Minister of Transport and Public Works Malison Ndau on June 6 2016 informing him of the change of directorship at Infracon Limited, the company where he is a shareholder.
Hiwa, who was appointed Chief Executive of the Roads Authority on July 1 2014, hired law firm Likongwe and Company to take up the legal matter with Times Group for their story.
The lawyers wrote the paper arguing that “there was no corruption” in awarding the contract to Infracon which was formerly called Romana Infrastructure Consultants and it changed to Infracon on February 1 2014, saying “all legal procedures were followed and approvals obtained.”
Likongwe and Company accuse Times Media of impugning on Hiwa’s integrity.
But Times Editor-In-Chief George Kasakula defiantly said Hiwa should say sorry to the nation for abusing his position for wrongful self-enrichment and “abusing tax payers money for giving a contract to his own company.”
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