ACB concludes probe into Malawi police food rations scandal: Arrests looming

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said it has concluded investigation with the K2.7 billion Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations scam in which Pioneer Investments  made an abortive interest claim of K466 million and deposited K145 million into the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) bank account at Standard Bank whose sole signatory is President Peter Mutharika.

Matemba: Investigations concluded

“We concluded our investigations last week,” said ACB director general Reyneck Matemba.

Matemba refused to disclose the internal processes which has to be followed.

He said the bureau will  decide  it’s “next course of action,” saying “there is a law which parliament made for the bureau to use in whatever we do.”

According ti Matemba, ACB managed to investigate the matter, “complex as it is,” within a period of five months from the date the investigations commenced.

Nyasa Times understands that arrests and indictment will be affected on the suspected wrong doers in the scandal.

The anti-graft a body has been investigating a Malawi police food supply contract, worth around 2.8bn kwacha, that was awarded to a firm owned by businessman Zameer Karim, called Pioneer Investments.

According to ACB investigative  report  -now in public domain –  the head of finance of Malawi’s police, Innocent Bottomani, and Karim had “connived” to award Pioneer Investment a contract to provide 500,000 food ration packs.

Days after the contract was signed, Pioneer Investment allegedly asked for a change to the agreed price from 2.3bn kwacha to nearly 2.8bn – the report says the change was fraudulently approved by Bottomani.

When Karim was paid for supplying the food ration packs in 2016, he allegedly deposited 145m kwacha into a DPP bank account that is reportedly managed by President Mutharika.

Both Karim and Bottomani have denied involvement in the alleged fraud.

But  DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi announced on Saturday that the party will refund the funds deposited into its bank account whose sole signatory is the President.

He said: “In the interest of transparency, the account was opened to save funds for purchasing the party’s regional headquarters. All payments from this account were made to purchase the party headquarters and meet other party expenses. No money went to the President personally or any other official of the party.”

Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said the DPP wants the ACB to proceed with its investigations into the transaction at Malawi Police Service (MPS) headquarters.

However, the Malawi Law Society (MLS) is  asking ACB to act on the party’s intent to refund the ‘donation’.

According to MLS president Alfred Majamanda,  DPP’s  move is an admission of wrongdoing; hence, the party wants to show remorse by giving back the money.

Majamanda said the graft-busting body should see the gesture as a window of opportunity to institute an investigation and get to the bottom of the matter.

Adding his voice, Mwiza Nkhata, associate professor of law at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, said in comments reported in the press that the DPP’s action does not put away the suspected offence committed since the payback maybe understood as admission of wrongdoing.

Matemba said the graft-busting body has taken note of what the Law Society has said.

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Alamu Pumbwa Mwaba ali mu report paja.

Black Market
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Black Market

The same week DPP announced to payback is the same week ACB says they finalised the investigations, Cant you see a suspicious coincedence here that this is a staged move by DPP to clear their name faster before the campagyn period gets hot? We know all this is being driven by DPP, ACB is toothless. There will be small fish arrests to save their faces in the public. Let the President speak to the public on this matter.

Yahya Yahya Jammeh
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No arrest are looming, this is just your interpretation of the situation Nyasa Times. Who do you think will be arrested if you can speculate further when evidence is clear that the account had a sole signatory?

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Here is the funny part. A few lowly paid people will be arrested for authorising the opening of the bank account with one signatory; another will be arrested for disclosing confidential information to 3rd parties contrary to the prescripts of Banking Act. A few other people will be arrested for collecting the cash from the bank and parking their cars without paying for parking. Another will be arrested for writing a letter to the bank to release the funds and so on. When the case goes to court it will be adjourned and the adjourned for further investigation until after… Read more »

Kangwingwi
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Kangwingwi

Truly said. Sad Malawi

SKC
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SKC

Join the discussion…investigations are done without any arrests? These mafia like ACB directors must step down, they’re wasting our resources for nothing, idiots.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

This is what I don’t understand about ACB. It has taken them 5 months to investigate a simple case (but they deem it complex) with traceable audit trail. In any case, if Dausi is alluding to the fact that the account was specifically opened to facilitate the acquisition of DPP headquarters and for payment of some of party’s expenses, then why is it that there is only one signatory; why is is that PI credited this specific account and how is it accounted for in PI’s books (was it a deductible expense for tax purposes); what do supporting documents at… Read more »

DR MANGA
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Quite good analysis Dzukani Malawi

Phade
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Vuto ndi Pumbwa wamkulu che pitala. Vote ya2 sudzaiona kuba misonkho yathu 2 much

Cashgate1
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Apumbwa in my mind!

Malemu
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Malemu

Why not donating the money to either KCH/Bwaila or QECH where people are dying due to drug shortages

Nthawi
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Nthawi

Mr Matemba wether you will act on this or not know that the right time is coming and proper action will be taken. dont take Malawians for granted soon and very soon , Malawians will speak.

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