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Malawi anti-graft body probes Zameer Karim’s silent partner Ahmed Osman Nurmahome on Escom bulbs dubious deals

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)-The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is launching investigating against Asian businessman Ahmed Osman Nurmahomed over  reports that Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) spent US$3,288,750.00 which is about MK2, 450,118,750.00 purchasing Light Emitting Diode (Led) bulbs  from his  company few days before the fresh presidential elections.

Zameer Karim facing charges and Ahmed Osman is said to be his silent partner Nurmahomed is also being investigated in connection to the purchase of Sable Framing at Mapanga in Blantyre at MK1.5 billion and is now called Africa Farming.

The business man is reported to have obtained a loan through his offshore company Lillypeck Dubai LLC from the Escon deak.

He is also going to be quizzed over MK2 billion deal at Energy Generation Company (Egenco), the company established to generate power,  for ABB products.

Whitsle-blowers have alerted law enforcing agencies that Ahmed Osman is a partner representing  businessperson Zameer Karim  trading as Pioneer Investments who is facing money laundering and other charges contrary to Section 25 b (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Karim deposited the MK145 million in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) bank account at Standard Bank, whose sole signatory was  immediate past president Peter Mutharika.

ACB found that Mutharika did not personally benefit from the MK145 million deposited in the DPP  bank account but that decision is facing review.

Meanwhile,  ACB is following up on Osman Nurmahommed contract  of leb bulbs worth US$4,385,000.00, which is about K3,266,825,000.00 billion awarded to his  Lilyeck General Trading LLC and Teligenta Limited companies based in Dubai and Mauritius respectively.

Invoices from Teligenta Limited and Lilypeck General Trading LLC indicate that Teligenta will supply 290,000 bulbs while Lilypeck will supply 125,000 bulbs.

All invoices indicate that the terms of payment are 25 percent advance and 75 percent through irrevocable Letters of Credit.

An invoice from Teligenta indicates that out of 290,000 Led tubes, 80,000 are 2 feet Led tubes at US$780,000 and 210,000 are 4 feet Led tubes at US$2,205,000.

“…to be delivered to Central Stores, Blantyre…The first 50% consignment to be delivered within 8 to 12 weeks, following the approval of the samples. The second 50% consignment to be shipped immediately upon the delivery of the first 50% consignment,” reads part of the invoice.

Documents indicate that Escom management on June, 12, 2020 sought irrevocable Letters of Credit, through FDH Bank, to pay Teligenta Limited and Lilypeck General Trading LLC for 75% of the contracts awarded to each of the companies.

“Could you please arrange to establish an irrevocable Letter of Credit with cash cover for US$2,238,750.00 (Two Million Hundred Thirty-Eight Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty United States) in favour of Teligenta Limited, being 75% of the contract sum of US$2,985,000.00 for the supply of Led Tubes through our Account number 1850000006243,” reads a letter, signed by Escom’s acting director of finance Brian Ndisale and Allexon Chiwaya, chief executive officer.

On the other hand, Lilypeck General Trading LLC is expected to supply 125,000 all 5 feet Led tubes amounting to US$1,400,000
“25% advance, 75% to be paid through irrevocable letter of credit,” reads the invoice from Lilypeck General Trading LLC.

“Could you please arrange to establish an irrevocable Letter of Credit with cash cover for US$1,050,000.00 (One Million and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars) in favour of Lilypect General Trading LLC, being 75% of the contract sum of US$1,400,000.00 for the supply of Led Tubes through our Account Number 1850000006243,” reads a letter signed by Chiwaya and Ndisale.

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