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K3 billion fuel stolen at Nocma

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Steven Kayuni

An investigation into the missing of fuel at National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) between January 2018 and January 2019 shows that K3 billion worth of diesel (2 million litres) was shared among public officers who worked with the company.

The report, which Malawi News has seen, has further revealed that the money was transferred to the said individuals (names deliberately withheld) at a rate within the range of K400,000 to K1.5 million per day, using Mpamba and Airtel Money.

During the same period, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) lost two million litres of diesel worth K2.9 billion and it had entered into a contract with Nocma to supply diesel to Aggreko Limited sites, including Kanengo and Kasungu.

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Nocma engaged Rashy motors (transport firm) for the transportation of the fuel.

The tankers were said to have been dispatched to deliver the cargo to Aggreko sites but according to findings of the investigation, the tankers never appeared in security guard’s register at the Aggreko sites.

“Amount of fuel used to produce Kilowatts was by far less than what was recorded as having been used,” it reads in part.

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When approached, one of the senior officials at Nocma, who chose to remain anonymous, confirmed that the said report would form part of a forensic audit at the institution and declined to comment further.

Malawi News has established that the report on the investigation, put together by a team of investigators from Police, has been submitted to Capital Hill awaiting further action.

When contacted, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steve Kayuni said he was aware of the issue.

“I can confirm receipt of the file…we shall process opinion and move it forward quickly considering that these allegations bordered on financial crimes, which is economic sabotage…speed is of essence…as adherents of justice and restitution, we shall pursue all financial crimes to conclusion,” he said.

Meanwhile, Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency Executive Director Willy Kambwandira said the scheme was a deliberate move to embezzle billions of taxpayers’ money.

In 2018, the Office of the Ombudsman also launched an investigation at Escom over the disappearance of millions of litres of fuel meant for diesel powered generators.

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