Karim charged with theft and fraud in relation to Malawi police food deal: On bail

Anti-Corruption Bureau  (ACB) has charged a businessman Zameer Karim  in connection to K2.7 billion contract to supply rations to the police force.

Arrest publicity stunt? Karim (2nd r) with symapthisers at the court

Karim, the head of Pioneer Investments which won the tender in 2015 and is an ally of Mutharika, and a leaked investigative report alleged he  paid K145 million ( $200 000 ) into the account of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) one day after receiving payment for the rations supply deal.

The President  was listed as the sole signatory on the receiving account and following a public outcry over the vast donation, the party was forced to return it – but an ACB probe subsequently cleared Mutharika of personal wrongdoing.

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba later said it was his right to discontinue investigations in the absence of incriminating evidence.

Karim is charged with theft and fraud.

He was formally charged at Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court after an earlier interrogation at ACB headquarters in Mulanje House at City Centre  in Lilongwe.

Karim, who previously hit the headlines when it was revealed in July that he donated five vehicles worth a total of $115,000 to Mutharika who then registered them in his own name, is facing three counts of theft of K466 million  contrary ti Section 278 of the Penal Code, uttering a false document presented to CDH Investment Bank to acces a loan contrary to section 356 and 360 of the Penal Code and acquiring proceeds of crime (K466 million) contrary to Section 42 (i) of the Financail Crimes Act.

Chief resident magistrate Violet Palikena Chipawo granted Karim bail on the condition that he pays a K2 million cash bond and surrender travel documents.

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DODOLIDO
DODOLIDO
2 years ago

Money will change hands. This case will go nowhere

Johni
Johni
2 years ago

Is this a sign of how people have lost trust with the ACB?

Central
Central
2 years ago

“DPP’s ACB Regional Governor,” RM playing his smart cards to protect the obvious……………………………………! My foot!

Phalombewatch
Phalombewatch
2 years ago

ALL THOSE ARE LIES AND KARIM IS A FREE MAN IN MALAWI SINCE HE CONTROLS THE COUNTRY. UMPHAWI SIZINTHU AYI ABALE ANGA MPAKANA KULANDIRA K145M?

LEGO
2 years ago

Any comment or word from Mgeme Kalirani and Nicolas Dausi about the arrest of this Zameer Karim?

zaife izi
2 years ago
Reply to  LEGO

WHY SHOULD THEY COMMENT ON KARIM’S ARREST? IS KARIM THE PRESIDENT OR IS HE A DPP MEMBER?

CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
CESSPOOL SIMALOTO
2 years ago

Malawi is on corruption honeymoon. She is on the high seas of corruption. Our appointed organs to sniff corruption have no canine to tear up the thieves and pull them out from corruption caves. The corruption caves are impregnable the current arrests are smokescreens a well timed to distract the electorate from closely following the load shedding saga. The Indians are so comfortable that they’ve placed their whole freedom on political impunity and immunity flowing onto them

Political Analyst
Political Analyst
2 years ago

We are not buying this planned arrest, we have watched many films of the same, even in South African Soap ‘Scandal’ Bra Neo Mokhethi did the same. We pray that come May 2019, the new government will put these thugs including our now president behind bars where they belong to.

Zameer wa MuthariKarim
Zameer wa MuthariKarim
2 years ago

That’s true Political Analyst. We’ve watched this movie before. No new plot in the story. All the villains go scot-free at the end.

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
Dipipi wa Yudiefu
2 years ago

The contract money was heavily increased with instructions from the DPP and it’s leaders including the president like they have done with all contracts they have given to themselves. All actions especially after the issue had been revealed by the media point fingers to the same. We are watching. Our president has made history on theft. How does he clean himself on the K145 million and the cars when it is now confirmed that Kareem did not steal on his own but aided by beneficiaries who I have mentioned above. It boils down to issues of funding parties. Presidents in… Read more »

Gas Machine Head
Gas Machine Head
2 years ago

Just to mask the donor community. This case will end here unless we have a new governing regime next year that will revive it. Why? Peter Mutharika and the DPP are the beneficiaries of the loot.

Timpudza Mwansambo
Timpudza Mwansambo
2 years ago

Don’t just arrest. Kill them! They’ve killed soany people in hospitals because of their thieving. Zikhanira zachabechabe

Mchacha wa UTM
Mchacha wa UTM
2 years ago

Angotininkhako amenewa tachite MOB JUSTICE!!!

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