Vice President of Malawi, Saulos Chilima, arrested for corruption

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Vice President Saulos Chilima came to power in 2020 alongside President Lazarus Chakwera

Malawi’s vice president Saulos Chilima has been arrested on charges of taking money in exchange for awarding government contracts, the country’s anti-corruption agency says.

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

Mr. Chilima, who has not commented on the allegations, is due to appear in court.

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He had already been stripped of his powers in June when he was first charged by the Anti-Corruption Bureau.

British businessman Zuneth Sattar is arrested in the United Kingdom, where he is charged with using connections to senior Malawian government officials and politicians to fraudulently obtain contracts for the supply of goods and services.

Mr. Sattar has denied any wrongdoing.

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Chilima came to power in 2020 as the running mate of President Lazarus Chakwera.

He had previously campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, vowing to end decades of filth in government and end poverty in one of the world’s poorest countries.

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