There is controversy surrounding the sale of a Truck Park owned by Dedza District Council to a trader. The Truck Park which was once used by Mota-Engil as their base camp when doing construction works on the M-1 road has remained vacant ever since the company finished their work in Dedza.
However, during a Full Council meeting which was held Monday, Member of Parliament (MP) for Dedza Central Constituency, Daniel Chiwere queried how the park had allegedly been sold to a trader at K15 million.
“As far as I recall, initially, the park had been offered for sale pegged at K35 million and the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) expressed interest but they did not purchase the place. But how is it that we have now heard that there is a certain trader who has bought the place at K15 million which is almost half the first value?” he enquired.
In his response, District Commissioner (DC) for Dedza, Francis Matewere told the Council that he was aware of the issue and he was going to set up a commission of enquiry to look into the matter.
“In previous meetings, the Council had decided to sell the Truck Park but an offer which was made was not honored by the client.
Afterwards, another client was found but this time the arrangement was not open enough as several stakeholders were not notified,” he said.
Matewere added that, “Purportedly, the new client purchased the park at a price which was lower than the first one, a thing which raised some eyebrows and currently, we have halted the sale and we have set up a commission of enquiry to look into the matter.”
According to the DC, the commission of enquiry which will consist of chiefs, MPs and Councilors will meet with the buyer to find out how they purchased the place without the Council’s approval. He said the findings of the enquiry will be provided in the next Full Council meeting.