ACB arrests civil servant with K400m in bank

A civil servant in Malawi earning about $300 a month was arrested after authorities found $2.4 million in his bank accounts, the Anti-Corruption Bureau said Tuesday.

Richard Kapinga, a 42-year-old government accounts officer, had the money in two bank accounts between September 5 and 22, 2011, the bureau said.

The ACB said it suspected the money was “corruptly acquired”, adding that Kapinga had “failed to give a reasonable explanation” on how he obtained the cash.

Prosecutors estimate that one third of government revenue in this impoverished southern African nation is lost to fraud and corruption each year.

In February, Malawi ordered civil servants to open bank accounts so that they can receive electronic paycheck deposits, as a means to crack down on fraud in the civil service.

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