Sacked police chief arrested in connection with $150m corruption scandal
Two days after he was fired, former police chief George Kainja was taken into custody by Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).
He is accused of participating in a $150 million (£123 million) corruption scheme involving government contracts.
After the ACB identified him as one of 53 current and former officials who had accepted money from or assisted British-Malawian businessman Zuneth Sattar between 2017 and 2021, the president sacked him on Tuesday. Any impropriety is refuted by Mr. Satter.
According to a statement from the ACB, Mr. Kainja was detained “for taking advantage” from Mr. Satter when he was given a $875,000 contract to provide 350,000 food rations to the Malawi Police Service.
The ACB statement, which was sent to the BBC, stated that “the investigations carried out by the bureau proved that Dr. George Kainja solicited an advantage in form of a vehicle and $8,000.”
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Mr. Kainja appeared in court in the nation’s capital, Lilongwe, and refuted the accusations. At the hearing, bail was approved for him.
On Thursday, the ACB also detained Mwabi Kaluba. He is charged with corruptly receiving $20,000 from the British firm “as an advantage for supplying assistance in the procurement contract of the food ration packs.” He was a former deputy police commissioner.
Mr. Kaluba hasn’t spoken out about the accusations or been in court yet.