Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been arrested on allegations that he accepted cash in trade for awarding authorities contracts, the nation’s anti-corruption company says.
He’s accused of receiving $280,000 (£230,000) from a British businessman “and different objects”, an announcement says.
Mr Chilima has appeared in courtroom however has not commented on the fees.
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 expenses regarding corruption.
The British businessman, named as Zuneth Sattar, was arrested within the UK in October final 12 months and is now on bail.
He’s accused of utilizing connections with senior Malawi authorities officers and politicians to fraudulently receive contracts to produce items and providers.
The contracts associated to armoured personnel carriers, meals rations and water cannons, the Monetary Instances reported in Could.
Mr Sattar has denied all unsuitable doing.
Mr Chilima got here to energy in 2020 because the working mate of President Lazarus Chakwera.
He had beforehand campaigned on an anti-corruption platform, promising to finish many years of sleaze in authorities and ending poverty in one of many worlds most poorest nations.
“Corruption has the ability to rupture a rustic and its folks past restore. Corruption has the ability to make a authorities lose its legitimacy over its folks,” the vice-president is quoted in a 2021 Anti-Corruption Bureau publication as saying.