September 28, 2021

NOCMA Saga Arrests: Half -baked Corruption Story

The arrests of Energy Minister, Newton Kambala, Presidential Advisor on Strategy, Chris Chaima Banda and AFORD President Enoch Chihana, have been described as half-baked part of high level corruption case in National Oil Company of Malawi [NOCMA] saga.

In one of the speeches made by President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera of 5th November, 2020, he instructed NOCMA Board to re-look at the appointment of Madam Ellen Buluma, a previously known DPP diehard as Acting Chief Executive Officer under the Tonse Alliance Government.

Kambala (left) and Chihana arrested for corruption practices

Secretary to the President and Cabinet [SPC] who is the chairperson for NOCMA Board, Mr. Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi was allegedly reported in the media having said Buluma is  going no-where, this speaks for itself that Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi is the one responsible for keeping and safeguarding Buluma’s job at NOCMA.

A concerned citizen from the North based in South Africa, Pastor Charles Ben Longwe, has asked the Tonse Alliance government a question; who is fooling who in the NOCMA saga reminding the government that the man who is keeping Buluma’s job is still  innocent beside defied President Dr. Chakwera’s order that Buluma must be removed at NOCMA.

Pastor Longwe is asking the government to arrest the two, Buluma and Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi saying the arrest of Kambala, Chaima and Chihana alone leaving behind Buluma and Chikhosi as innocent is raising suspicious that there’s hidden information on who is in charge at NOCMA saga, warning government that failure to arrest the two, will speak volume on how the government is applying selective justice in Malawi.

…….’’Mr. President, clear your name from the NOCMA saga by letting the two, Chikhosi and Buluma arrested, they have a case to answer and above all, they hold the key to dubious contracts awarded to oil companies to supply fuel in Malawi,’’….. said Pastor Longwe.He asked President Dr. Chakwera to set an independent institution to investigate the alleged fuel supply contracts observing that the arrest of Kambala, Chaima and Chihana is painting a picture in the people’s mind that some other people are hiding and as a result of this, the case will die a natural deaths, hence a great need for an independent institution to investigate NOCMA saga.

By :Vincent Gunde

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