ACB arrests 2 public servants on fraud over K70m

The Anti  Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested Ministry of Trade and Industry assistant accountant, Robert Nantchito and Ministry of Wildlife and Tourism principal administrative officer, Alice Namata for allegedly conniving to defraud government of money amounting to K 19.8 million.

ACB Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala disclosed to Nyasa Times  on Thursday that the anti-graft body arrested the two arrested on Wednesday 18th September, 2013 after almost three years of investigations.

Ndala said the investigations revealed that the two were using private companies, Khanye Investments belonging to Maxwell and Alice Namata, and Hannet Enterprises belonging to Hunter Kavinya, to defraud government of millions of money.

Ndala said ACB investigation also found out that Nantchito had tampered with financial information from IFMIS amounting to K73, 355,924.27.

Egritta Ndala: Suspects on bail
Egritta Ndala: Suspects on bail

“On 5th October, 2011, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that an officer from the Accountant General’s Office was conniving with Malawi Police Service officers to corruptly defraud government of huge sums of money.

“The ACB instituted investigations which found that Nantchito formerly who was once in the Ministry of Lands but now with Ministry of Trade and Industry entered payment vouchers amounting to K11, 598,513.43 and K8,203,518.86 in favour of Khanye Investments and Hannet Enterprises,” Ndala explained.

She disclosed that, based on investigations, the two named companies did not supply any goods and services to Ministry of Lands.

Meanwhile, Namata and Nantchito have been given court bail pending trial.

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