Fuel attendant arrested on bribery charges

Malawi’s anti graft body has said it has arrested a fuel attendant at Mbayani Petroda Filling Station in Blantyre for allegedly soliciting bribes from people who wanted to buy fuel in Zigubu (Jerry cans).

The country is suffering from a worse ever fuel shortage.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  spokeswoman Egrita Ndala said in a statement that  ACB Surveillance operation arrested Patrick Mwandama after some whistle blowers said he was demanding bribes of K500 to sell them fuel in jerry cans.

The fuel attendant was taken to Blantyre Magistrates Court to be formally charged.

Malawi suffering from fuel shortage. Jerry cans doing the trick to buy fuel from black market

“He was charged with two counts of corrupt transactions by private bodies contrary to Section 26(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” ACB spokeswoman said.

“He will appear in Court on 18th November, 2011 at 10 o’clock in the morning for trial,” said Ndala.

Mwandama was given bail on a K5, 000 cash bail bond. He was also ordered to surrender his travel documents to the ACB and that he should not to leave Blantyre without the approval of ACB director.

He has also been ordered to be reporting to ACB offices in Blantyre once every Friday.

Two sureties were also bonded for his bail with K20, 000.00 each not cash.

Malawi is currently experiencing fuel shortages because the country doesn’t have enough foreign currency to pay importers.

The yearlong fuel shortage has worsened, with motorists being forced to buy gasoline on the black market more than double the official price.

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