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Sacked police chief arrested in connection with $150m corruption scandal

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Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former police chief George Kainja two days after he was sacked

He has been charged in connection with a $150m (£123m) corruption scandal involving government contracts.

The president fired him on Tuesday after the ACB named him as one of 53 current and former officials who had received money from, or helped, British-Malawian businessman Zuneth Sattar between 2017 and 2021. Mr Satter denies any wrongdoing.

A statement from the ACB said Mr Kainja had been arrested “for receiving advantage” from the Mr Satter when he was awarded a contract worth $875,000 to supply 350,000 food rations to the Malawi Police Service.

“The investigations conducted by the bureau established that Dr George Kainja solicited an advantage in form of a vehicle and $8,000,” the ACB statement, made available to the BBC, said.

Mr Kainja has appeared in court in the capital, Lilongwe, where he denied the charges. He was granted bail at the hearing.

The ACB also arrested Mwabi Kaluba on Thursday. He is a former deputy police commissioner accused of corruptly obtaining $20,000 from the British businessman “as an advantage for giving assistance in the procurement contract of the food ration packs”.

Mr Kaluba has not yet appeared in court or commented on the allegations.

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