Bombshell:Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga In K52billion Corruption Scandal

Crooks?: President Joyce Banda Shaking Hands With Her Finance Minister Ken Lipenga As Vice President Khumbo Kachali Looks On

Crooks?: President Joyce Banda Shaking Hands With Her Finance Minister Ken Lipenga As Vice President Khumbo Kachali Looks On

As Malawi’s civil servants were parading in various streets of the country crying for their payhike, some cabinet ministers were busy awarding illegal contracts worth K24billion kwacha to a company that has already swindled taxpayers K28billion.

Appolo Limited of India, Malawi Voice can reveal was on Friday, February 15, given a no objection letter by the Director of Public Procurement to supply fuel and irrigation services worth K24bn under the influence of Finance Minister Ken Lipenga who is said to have pocketed $1million in kick backs and shared it with another minister.

This is the largest contract in ten years.

The two ministers allegedly have shared the lot with the president Joyce Banda who is set to approve the contract to apply this week.

In a mother of all corruption scandals, Appolo’s contract has been given to the company by the Minister of Finance without the internal procurement of the ministry chaired by Principal Secretary Newby Kumwembe meeting over the tendency.

The contracts MOF/2012/007 and another one MOF2012/008 have shocked the entire Ministry of Finance at Capital Hill as Lipenga only ordered some members of the IPC to award the multi-billion to Appolo claiming President Banda has already approved it.

Malawi Fiance Minister Ken Lipenga  With IMF’s Tsidi  Tsikata

Malawi Fiance Minister Ken Lipenga With IMF’s Tsidi Tsikata

However, Lipenga memo to JB does not show anything about awarding but just informing the president about the procurement process which was not finalized, according to a senior treasure official who kept shaking his head when spilling the beans, showing Malawi Voice all the documents.

“For a company that was already involved in wasting of K28bn, it is sad at this particular time of this economic hardship that it can be awarded another contract of almost similar amount through illegal procedures just because some politicians are at the helm of poor Malawians.

“There are companies such as KIRLOSKAR Brothers Ltd which bid low prices than Appolo but they don’t qualify because they don’t offer bribes to these ministers.”

When asked to comment on the deal Lipenga threatened to drag this reporter to court if the story gets published.

Appolo’s country manager Koopter and his managing director Hermant Gupta also kept on referring to each other as we went to press.

In 2008, Malawi government awarded Appolo a contract worth $30million to supply Yedef materials. In 2010 the same company was also awarded $50million totaling to $80million, which all together is totaling K28billion in local currency.Joyce-corruption

65 Responses to "Bombshell:Malawi’s President Joyce Banda, Finance Minister Ken Lipenga In K52billion Corruption Scandal"

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  2. idealist  May 10, 2013 at 10:32 am

    Are these not the same Guptas facing trouble in South Africa?

  3. Saint  March 7, 2013 at 1:39 am

    The order of the day, corruption, palm oiling, inside dealing! Snif Admarc – Villante Ndasowa married to Dr. Jana’s son supplying IT equipment worthy millions. At the end of the day who is the supplier? CEO himself! Search me!

  4. georgem  March 5, 2013 at 7:38 pm

    mai awanso ndi akuba ndipo atipweteka.She will be kicked out in 2014

  5. R. Banda  March 5, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I did some research on this Apolo and came up with startling results which I want to share here.

    1. Apolo price is more than 25% to 33% higher than the other lower bidders on this tender;
    2. Apolo has no prior experience in Fuel and Irrigation. Prior to getting contracts in Malawi under the K28Billion fraud, they manufactured only Tyres in India;
    3. The owner of Apolo is one Mr. Onkar Kanwar. He was the classmate of former President Bingu in a college in India.
    4. Onkar and Bingu jointly planned the whole fraud of K28Billion with more than 15% kick backs.
    5. The present fraud is now planned again with the conivance of JB government, especially Minister of Finance and Director ODPP through PS Finance …… Apolo is highly recommended by the “System” to the JB government as a trustworthy partner to pay the kick-backs !!!!!
    6. Most equipment supplied by Apolo in their earlier contracts are sub-standard and many of them are yet to be used.

    When will we people learn …….. God save Malawi

  6. Manos  March 5, 2013 at 8:07 am

    High time now..companies with a lesser bid should get the contract..has to be a fair decision..

  7. mpwina.  March 5, 2013 at 7:09 am


  8. voice wanga  March 5, 2013 at 12:08 am

    A Joice Banda, bwanji nanga mumkanyoza Bingu kuti watutira ndalama ku Nsanjika? Unless you do something, this news will surely dent your image coz We will not let it die a nastural death until we see the real truth of the matter… Sitinati. Nchifukwa chake mukukanika kukweza ma Salaries, we have the evidence from India down to Malawi, we have all from your Laptop Mr Cash Minister….watchout…

  9. Ngozi  March 4, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Fisi ndi fisi the leadership is full of bad dids I don’t expect anything good.I always remember how she talks, foolish self praise.Primitive leaders

  10. Xtopher  March 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Nanga bwanji jb anati sanapezeko ndalama. Nayeso akuononga kuti winayo PAM asazapeze ndalama

  11. Xtopher  March 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Nanga bwanji jb anati sanapeko ndalama. Nayeso akuononga kuti winayo PAM asazapeze ndalama

  12. ACB  March 4, 2013 at 5:28 pm

    This another national crisis. Lets hope our parliamentarians will take government to task on these allegations. Lets create a corruption free society

  13. Kunkuyu  March 4, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    The truth is ndalamazo zimenezo JB sidzikumukhuza. If anything take Ken to task

  14. Ulemu Chilapondwa  March 4, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    My simple question to Ken and Jb is:Why alawys APPolo?How special are they?

  15. Kwataine  March 4, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Headless chickens doing what they know best. Fire Ken, Impeach JB please

  16. Machinga Central  March 4, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Where is this country heading to. The problem is that our leaders do not learn from the past. They are always busy enriching themselves at an expense of those people who put them on power. No wonder we are beingled by clueless leaders who dont have an idea on what government machinery is all about

  17. Ekwendeni  March 4, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    Its high time Malawi ACB act on these Big Fishes. Osamangolimbana ndi akuba nthochi okha ayi. Iyaaa

  18. Namiladzi  March 4, 2013 at 5:16 pm

    In the latter days, corruption and bribes will be the order of the day among the top ranking officials.They will squander while the prebians suffer. Leaders will rise while the commoners fall……

  19. Eminy Mbengu  March 4, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    God Bless Malaw. Keep it a land of peace

  20. Ziwanda  March 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Ifetu timadwabwa kuti kodi JB amamukonderanji Ken. She even failed to fire her on MRA scam.

  21. Ziwanda  March 4, 2013 at 5:11 pm

    Apa ndiye Khumbo ndi Ralph Kasambara zawaphonya bwanji?Malawians lets do something on Ken and JB

  22. Gaba  March 4, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    Takumana tokhatokha adyera. Toothless ACB, its now the time you act on this corruption scandal.Dont just sit and watch

  23. Patriotic  March 4, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    Hehehehehehehehehehehehe, amalawi ndiyetu tidabesa. Kodi ambuye mubwera liti, anthu anu kuno akuvutika

  24. Ruth Govati  March 4, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Public accounts committe of parliament should not just sit down and watch such stupidity happening. It should investigate such allegations with pace

  25. Tchona  March 4, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    That the fruits of accidental government

  26. Phoya  March 4, 2013 at 4:22 pm

    Ken is a poet and you knwo how crooked poets are. They combine poets with crookedness. To hell

  27. Lets demonstrate again  March 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    That’s another reason to demonstrate again. Kapito, where are you?

  28. Alide Mussa  March 4, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I have alawys said these are the same people who ruled in the past regimes and are the same people who misguided Bingu. And they only changed party colours and name. They go around saying Bingu wa wrong and yet they were there ruling. So they cant change ndi mbava zokhazokha zimenezi. Wise up Malawians

  29. Rshid Nembo  March 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Abale amalawi anzanga amvereni chisoni amayiwa, mmesa ndalamzo ndi nzawo za boma.

  30. Ralph Kasambara  March 4, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Its shame starting from top to subordinates. Malawi wanukha uyu. JB mesa you were supposed to be a role model but instead you are busy promoting corruption. Arrest JB, Ken now now now

  31. Kutakata  March 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Its corruption and very unacceptable. This trend is putting our ailing economy back at zero. Let donors intervene on this before we fall as a nation.

  32. Kutakata  March 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    No wonder, that’s JB and her kutakata style. God have mercy

  33. Steve kapanda  March 4, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Akudziwa kuti 2014 sawina, ndi chifukwa chake akusolola mipukutu ikuluikulu. God is watching

  34. Chimunthu  March 4, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Malawi is dying when ena akuba is very shame. No drugs in hospitals, no maize in admarc…..ACB investigate please on this nonsense

  35. Chimunthu  March 4, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Anjatidwe basi amenewa, no doubt akufuna kusintha ma figures zitsuru zimenezi. Ife kwanthu kuyankhana

  36. mental virus  March 4, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    this country is very sick indeed. every body who takes that highest office in this land becomes automatic friend of the evil one. jb shud just stop her conduct of quoting the scriptures coz wat she sayz n daz are different. GOD SAVE MALAWI

  37. CHISOMO  March 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    PAC, MPS, ACB, Pliz intervene for the sake of our poor Malawi

  38. wa a takula  March 4, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    Ken Lipenga is a twister! Have we forgoten about MRA scandal gate? He started his tricks while working at the nation much did we forget that someday he will steal money over our head. That is a reason why a thief was protected by the same president during the MRA scandal enquiries because she knew with she would be at home one day. Let’s get them out in 2014 including his parliamentary seat in Phalombe. He should not shame us, mwambo tinalandila ife.

  39. Henry Mussa  March 4, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Dziko la Malawi lili ku Chimbuzi. Mudapha Bingu kuti mudzipanga zopusa zimenezi?.Tiwonetsana 2014

  40. Herbert Chirwa  March 4, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Sharia law should apply now. Agendedwe miyala ndi ochimwa amenewa. Ife tikugona ku Admarck, kukhalira bonya, iwe kumapanga zopusa zimenezi etiiii?

  41. Vuwa  March 4, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Kutakata kumeneko? Mayi Banda chiwongolero…

  42. Domasi  March 4, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    Mitu yanu agalu inu, mudyeretu

  43. Zauhule  March 4, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Zanu zimenezo, monse muja iwe hule JB simumadziwa kuti Ken Lipenga ndi khuluku wotha ntchito.Shame shame shame

  44. Ndizoona  March 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    We hear Appolo are set to provide 40 cars to PP for campaign. God have mercy on poor Malawi

  45. Ken Lipenga  March 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    Ken Lipenga: From MRA To Appolo. Reember Malawians are not children, one day u will be answerable to this.

  46. Satanic government  March 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Rest in peace Bingu. Taika dzikoli m’manja mwa asatana

  47. Act now  March 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    ACB Act now now now on this

  48. Isaac Juma  March 4, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Mmesa mumati a DPP emptied the coffers, so what is this pliz JB?SHAME SHAME SHAME

  49. Agogo amuna  March 4, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    Mayo msonkho wanga ineeeeee!!!

  50. Mwenemutapa  March 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    When you put on rugs, don’t jump over fire. Too much talking of Abiti Ntila will reveal too much. if I go in an office that was plundered and work with the plunderer, does it make sense? Why does she refer to empty coffer but fail to ask Ken where the coffers went? Za much-end-e basi!

  51. obanda  March 4, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    bcoz the money z very huge the so cald ACB wont act but if a clerk or any junior who is paid k20,000.00 a month get k1000.00 the fools will arrest and prosecute him.c u afta may 2014

  52. Basie Loubser  March 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Is this the same Gupta family that operate in South Africa with the blessings of Jacob Zuma?

  53. nyambadwe  March 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    dont write baseless here please.

  54. Bwande  March 4, 2013 at 9:56 am

    this is a corruption scandal of the century. we also hear Apolo will provide campaign vehicles to PP as a thank you tocket

  55. Senzani wa Senzani  March 4, 2013 at 9:54 am

    this explain why amai has all of the sudden purchased a fleet of 50 tracks

  56. Mandala Kamoto  March 4, 2013 at 9:52 am

    parliament should push for a ministerial statement on this executive trickery or else no government busness should go through until the truth of this matter is established

  57. Charles Msamala  March 4, 2013 at 9:48 am

    this don’t sound like a cooked up story, can the ACB take it up and force amai and her phalombe boy to resign for smooth investigations?

  58. John Tembo  March 4, 2013 at 9:40 am

    on this one alone, am joining my boys in pushing for our k10 millions. how can only two people pocket such whole money? that is not all, I am also announcing a withdrawal of my support from Joyce Banda

  59. Zimbongera  March 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    senseless worth a toilet paper.

  60. mlomwe original  March 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Abale tiyankhule bwanji ife.

    Malawi is full of corruption look at the sum $1Million received by one person in corruption, what about zomwe sitikuziziwa.

    Donors I told you this government is no govt to trust with your tax payers money .

    Parliamentarians take Lipenga to task he should present all the documents in in parliament if all the the procurement procedures were followed

    “This is the largest contract in ten years”.
    Look at that ,this is alarming, at the expense of the poor.

    Koma Alomwe anzanga mukutichitisa manyazi.Alomwe kutchuka ndi kuba basi. Iiiiii akhwaka nyuwhano..

    Nkhani iyi a Malawi voice muitsate bwino bwino ife timadalira inu ma Journalist

  61. northerner  March 4, 2013 at 7:45 am

    Take cover! We must revive the civil servants’ stay away to bring sense and sanity to Govt.

  62. Chandiwirapasi Mkorongo  March 4, 2013 at 5:01 am

    Taonani mulomo wa amaiwo. Kodi anachitapo stroke eti?

  63. daph walker  March 4, 2013 at 12:07 am

    As the Kwacha reaches K600 to 1Pound. Koma ampezelera m’Malawi.

  64. CHIPWISI  March 4, 2013 at 12:04 am

    That is the more reason this professional liar is kept at the ministry of finance.Nawena and George Mnesa we realy on your fearless outbusrt, please put to shame these wolves. This lady continues to tell us that she found empty coffers and yet Ken was the minister of finance even during Bingu. Can you please take him to task in parliament about this statement of empty coffers that the president keeps on refering and yet she is always on the road. Nkazi wodya matako a galu uyu and when she speaks you can not differentiate between her and a regional gorveness. She can speak for one hour and yet only speaks one sensible thing. Stupid bitch

  65. Five Moba  March 3, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    My question is why stupid Joyce Banda doing that? Is she not know that Kenilipenga mdi mbava, so there is no doubt that she is also athifif, the country is under economick crisis but these fucken stinking so called ministers are busy stiling, is that part of ERP? Is that Goodal Gondgwe doing inoder to recover this mess? Kodi whuleli ntchito yake ndichani? Watching these minister stiling government money? Panyapake ndithu mai ameneyu, I think we are all sick and tired of hearing these stories, what is she doing? I thought she told malawias that she will not cover any one doing corruption, so what is that? Is it not corruption? You will all answer this next year, ACB must investigate this, yes! we need proper investigation, dont only arrest the small fish leaving the big fish. Stupid idiot PP care taker govenment


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