Principal Public Relations officer for the bureau, Egritta Ndala, said in a statement on Wednesday, the graft busting body has issued the notice following several complaints received alleging irregularities and suspected corruption surrounding the fuel procurement process.
Said Ndala: “Pursuant to its powers under Section 23 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, on 8th June 2021, the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB) issued a restriction notice to NOCMA on contract to supply fuel under procurement number NOCMA/ICB/Fuel/2020/2021.
“This follows several complaints received by the ACB alleging irregularities and suspected corruption surrounding the fuel procurement process. The ACB has instituted investigations into the matter.
“Following the restriction notice, NOCMA is, therefore restricted from awarding the contract until ACB has concluded the investigation or lifted the restriction notice.”
Among the institutions that have recently asked ACB to investigate allegations of corruption and abuse of office in the procurement of fuel supply contracts by NOCMA is the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
In a letter dated May 27 2021 to the ACB, HRDC argued that the awarding of the contracts was shrouded by underhand dealings; and allegations of selection of contracts with overpriced bids.
HRDC also called for a review of the role of the boards of Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), NOCMA, government ministers, politicians and oil suppliers in the process.