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Malawi vice president arrested over $280,000 kickback

Malawi's vice president Saulos Chilima

Malawi's vice president Saulos Chilima

Malawi's vice president Saulos Chilima is out on bail after his arrest in connection with alleged kickbacks. It is the latest in a series of arrests of officials suspected of corruption.

Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau says Chilima received payments amounting to $280,000 and other items from British businessman Zuneth Sattar in return for awarding Malawi Government contracts.

The bureau says Chilima received the kickbacks between March 2021 and October 2021 after awarding Malawi Defense Force and Malawi Police Service contracts to two companies connected to Sattar.

Chilima is facing six counts of corrupt practices by a public officer, profiting from government contracts, and failing to make a full report to officers of the bureau. In June, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera suspended the powers of the Vice President after the country's Anti-Corruption Bureau accused Chilima of accepting kickbacks in return for government contracts.

The Chief Resident's Magistrate court in the capital Lilongwe granted Chilima bail. Among the conditions of his release is that he report to the Anti-Corruption Bureau every three months.

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+1 #1 Lakwena 2022-11-28 09:06
At least in Malawi, their Anti-Corruption Bureau bites up to the Vice president.

But in Uganda, High Office Corruption is business as usual. E.g., before or thereabout, in 2016 Gen Tibuhaburwa and his former Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kuteesa, received each US$.500,000 in kickbacks from and/or C/of Mr Patrick Ho, a Money Launder arrested and jailed in the US.

In order to influence/buy Hydro or Oil Contract favor, Mr. Ho deposited US$500,000 a bribe into an account designated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda on behalf of CEFC, a Chinese Energy Company .

And a cash delivery by Mr. Patrick Ho himself to Gen Tibuhaburwa during his May 2016 Swearing Ceremony.

In other words, in a government of "the corrupt, by the corrupt and for the corrupt"; the corrupt are never arrested over day-light corruption.
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0 #2 kabayekka 2022-11-28 16:35
Lakwena you have a big point about the blatant Pan-African corruption that has refused to go away in the administration of the continent of Africa ever since colonialism ended. The Ganda fraternity have a saying.

Nnamunswa alya kunswa ze! This saying translates more to a family treasury than to the treasury of the Statehood. This is an educated African gentleman who understands this sort of bad behavior. He should be taken to court with all the evidence.

A medical surgeon should then cut off his two or three fingers and then allowed to finish his term of government office as he pays back all the money he is required to pay back to the state over this crime!
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