Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has said it has requested Treasury for a bailout package to settle debts with three service providers and stop the sale of its six runner vehicles put under the hammer .
MEC vehicles up for grabs on auction
On March 15 High Court sheriffs impounded the vehicles donated by UNDP after three companies– Universal Trading Company, Platinum Solutions and Transworld Radio–dragged the electoral body to court to pay a total of K90 million (about $134 658).
The vehicles – three 10-tonne Nissan UD Van vehicles registration BQ 901, BQ 902 and BQ 892, a Toyota Caravan minibus registration BP 9523 and two Nissan Patrols registration BP 9529 and BP 9525 – will be auctioned on Friday, according to Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula .
Prospective bidders are expected to view the vehicles Thursday at the High Court of Malawi and Trust Auctioneers and Estate Agents compound in Blantyre with the actual auctioning taking place on Friday.
MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said they have asked Treasury for a rescue package.
“It is true we owe those firms the money, but we had requested Treasury to bail us out,” said Mwafulirwa
MEC owes Universal Trading Company about K80 million (about $119 696), Platinum Solutions about K9.9 million (about $14 812) while Transworld Radio is owed about K1 million (about $1 496).
SOURCE: Nyasa Times