An investigation into a housing scandal in Malawi which was carried out by the local Daily Times with the help of FAIR peer-mentoring has paid off. The general manager of the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC), Golden Matiya, has been removed from his position. The MHC’s Board chairman Benson Tembo only said that Matiya’s contract was not renewed when it expired on 15 September 2011.
The Daily Times series revealed that the MHC sold houses to members of staff and some government ministers and ther individuals at highly discounted prices . The corporation lost MK105 million (about US$620 000) through the scam. The investigation was part of an in-house training project carried out by FAIR’s peer mentor Charles Rukuni during the first half of 2011. The last story under the mentoring programme was published in August 2011.
On 22 October The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested former Malawi Housing Corporation boss Golden Matiya for failure to declare interest in the sale of institutional houses to staff members and tenants at prices which are far below the houses’ book values. Recent findings by the ACB say that former MHC general manager Golden Matiya and former assistant general manager Floyd Mondiwa remain the only ones at fault in the deal.
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