Vice-President Saulos Chilima got here to power in 2020 alongside President Lazarus Chakwera
Malawi’s Vice President Saulos Chilima has been arrested on allegations that he accepted money in alternate for awarding government contracts, the country’s anti-corruption company says.
He is accused of receiving $280,000 (£230,000) from a British businessman “and other items”, a statement says.
Mr Chilima has appeared in courtroom however has not commented on the costs.
He had already been stripped of his powers in June when he was first accused by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The Vice President faces six costs relating to corruption.
The British businessman, named as Zuneth Sattar, was arrested within the UK in October last year and is now on bail.
He is accused of utilizing connections with senior Malawi government officers and politicians to fraudulently obtain contracts to provide items and services.
The contracts associated to armoured personnel carriers, food rations and water cannons, the Financial Times reported in May.
Mr Sattar has denied any unsuitable doing.
Mr Chilima got here to power in 2020 because the operating mate of President Lazarus Chakwera.
He had beforehand campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, promising to finish a long time of sleaze in government and ending poverty in one of many worlds most poorest countries.
“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 publication as saying.
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