Our investigative reporter has uncovered serious allegations of fraudulent sale of public property by Machinga District Council to Malawi Revenue Authority’s Deputy Commissioner General Mrs Roza Mbilizi.
Liwonde is located in Machinga District on the Shire River along the main road connecting Zomba to Lilongwe, livond(another name of liwonde) is an important crossroad linking the four districts in the area (Balaka, Machinga, Mangochi and Zomba). livond, in an African sense, is a transportation hub. It is the junction between two highways and a rail line to Mozambique.
We are reliably informed the bus depot has been sold for K11 Million and K9 Million in hard cash has arleady been deposited,remaining K2 Million as a balance.
Our inside sources,confided in our reporter,”the council is failing to pay most of its workers for a month now and the depot was chosen because it’s not generating enough revenue to square the accumulating costs and expenses,hence they have sold the depot to defray the accrued debts.”
Liwonde township is under Machinga District council whose current District commissioner is Mrs Rhoda Nawatcha, She was earlier this year chased from Mchinji District Council due to her alleged connections with corruption scandals and abuse of power.
We are told further,the Machinga District Council is yet to identify a new location to build a bus depot.
What is suspicious is that,the intent of sale was never publicized in any publications or announced on any radio or tv broadcasting stations.As required and recommended by the public procurement and disposal act.
Liwonde is a tourism hub:it is a home to Liwonde National Park,Natural Hot Water Stream,Liwonde Barrage and many other interesting historical sites.
With this sale of the bus depot,it means there will be several logistic problems and this will affect local and visiting travelers.
Who will rescue hopeless residents of Liwonde?
Efforts to reach out to Machinga District Council and Mrs Mbilizi,proved futile,as they refused to pick up our phone call.