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Malawi anti-corruption watchdog arrests Energy Minister

Malawi anti-corruption watchdog arrests Energy Minister

Malawi's anti-corruption police on Monday announced the arrest of Energy Minister Newton Kambala, accused of trying to bribe officials in a fuel-purchase deal for the landlocked country, according to the Nation.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau reported that its investigations had revealed that the minister had "attempted to influence" the Malawi National Oil Company to award multi-million dollar fuel supply contracts to three companies.

It was reported that President Lazarus Chakwera's senior advisor Chris Chaima Banda was also arrested.

Kambala is chairman of vice president Saulos Chilima's United Transformation Movement, a coalition partner of Chakwera's Malawi Congress Party.

Chakwera who came to power on promises of fighting corruption, in April fired his labour minister Ken Kandodo for diverting $800 worth of Covid-19 funds to pay for a government trip to South Africa.

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