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Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima arrests for corruption

Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima arrests for corruption

Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima arrests for corruption

Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima arrests for corruption

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  • He is accused of accepting $280,000 (£230,000) in exchange for government contracts.
  • A British businessman has also been charged with fraudulently securing contracts to supply Malawian government with goods and services.

Saulos Chilima, vice president of Malawi, was detained on suspicion of accepting payment in exchange for awarding government contracts, according to the nation’s anti-corruption agency.

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He is accused of receiving $280,000 (£230,000) from a British businessman “and other items”, a statement says.

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Despite appearing in court, Mr. Chilima chose not to address the allegations.

When he was first implicated by the Anti-Corruption Bureau in June, he had already lost his authority.

Six corruption-related allegations are pending against the vice president.

Zuneth Sattar, a British businessman, was detained in the UK in October of last year and is currently out on bail.

He is charged with utilising his relationships with powerful politicians and members of the Malawian government to fraudulently secure contracts to provide products and services.

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The Financial Times reported in May that the contracts covered water cannons, food rations, and armoured personnel carriers.

All wrongdoing has been refuted by Mr. Sattar.

As President Lazarus Chakwera’s running mate, Mr. Chilima took office in 2020.

He had previously run for office on a platform against corruption, pledging to put an end to years of corruption in government and eradicate poverty in one of the world’s poorest nations.

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“Corruption has the power to rupture a country and its people beyond repair. Corruption has the power to make a government lose its legitimacy over its people,” the vice-president is quoted in a 2021 Anti-Corruption Bureau newsletter as saying.

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