ACB arrests court official for soliciting bribes

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ABC) has arrested Brian Katimba, an acting Assistant Registrar at the Industrial Relations Court in Lilongwe on suspicion that he solicited bribes from Burundian nationals.

According to a statement from the ACB, Katimba was soliciting money from two Burundian nationals, Gahembe Caleb and Ndayisenge Pascal who had sued Jesuit Relief services for unfair dismissal at the Industrial Relations court.

“On 13th March, 2014 the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging that Mr. Brian Katimba solicited money from Caleb and Pascal who had been awarded K300, 000 each as compensation by the Court after successfully suing their former employers.

“It was alleged that the assistant registrar demanded some money from the Burundians for transport, “reads the communication in part signed by ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala.

The ACB arrested Katimba on 14th March after he had received a total sum of K100, 000 from the Burundian nationals.

He has since been taken to Lilongwe Police Station for safe custody and faces two counts of corrupt practices by public officer contrary to Section 24(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and one count of abuse of office contrary to Section 25B(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

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