1.   Short title

   2.   Interpretation

   3.   Power of appropriate Minister to issue Orders

   4.   Duties of statutory bodies in respect of future contracts

   5.   Approval of contracts

   6.   Power of appropriate Minister to require information

   7.   Consequences of entering into contract without approval

   8.   Establishment of Councils of Inquiry

   9.   Functions of Council of Inquiry

   10.   Power of appropriate Minister to direct an inquiry

   11.   Scope of the inquiry

   12.   Matters to be included in report of Council of Inquiry

   13.   Powers of appropriate Minister on receipt of report

   14.   Penalty for violation of condition in Order

   15.   Application of certain sections of the Commissions of Inquiry Act to Councils of Inquiry

   16.   Regulations


29 of 1966
41 of 1966
4 of 1981
G.N. 137/1966

An Act to make provision for the control in the public interest of contracts entered into by statutory bodies and for matters connected therewith

[22ND JUNE 1966]

1.   Short title

   This Act may be cited as the Statutory Bodies (Control of Contracts) Act.

2.   Interpretation

   (1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires—

   “Appropriate Minister”, in relation to any statutory body, means the Minister for the time being charged by the President with responsibility for that body for the purposes of this Act;

   “contract” means a contract for the supply of goods or services or for the construction of any building or other works, whether such contract is made or intended to be made within or outside Malawi;

   “Council of Inquiry” means a Council of Inquiry established by the Minister under section 8;

   “existing contract” means any contract made between a statutory body and any other person which has been entered into at the date of the making by the Minister of an Order for the holding of an inquiry into that contract or into the class of contract to which it belongs;

   “statutory body” includes—

   (a)   all local authorities, and all cooperative societies incorporated under the Cooperative Societies Act;

   (b)   every other corporation, board, council or other body of persons, whether corporate or unincorporate, whether established or incorporated within or outside Malawi, the name or description of which is specified in the Schedule.

   (2) The Minister may from time to time by notice published in the Gazette amend the Schedule by the addition of the name of any other body whether established or incorporated within or outside Malawi.

   (3) In considering the public interest under any of the provisions of this Act, account shall be taken of the national economic interests of Malawi as a whole, including its future economic development, and of the financial welfare of the statutory body concerned.

3.   Power of appropriate Minister to issue Orders

   (1) Where the appropriate Minister is satisfied that it is in the public interest that a statutory body should not enter into a contract or class of contract without his prior approval he may issue an Order in accordance with subsection (2).

   (2) An Order under subsection (1) shall specify—

   (a)   the statutory body or bodies; and

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