By Bertha Chirwa-Malawi Exclusive
The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has made two more arrests on the unlawful award of an exorbitant and unbudgeted for procurement contract to One Guard FZE for the supply of uniforms and equipment to the Malawi Prison Services by the Ministry of Homeland Security.
A statement from ACB signed by its Principal Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala on 18 July, the two are Samuel Madula, former Principal Secretary and Kennedy Nkhoma, Chief Director in the Ministry of Homeland Security respectively.
This follows the arrest of former Minister of Homeland Security Nicholus Dausi on the same case last week Friday.
Ndala says in the statement: “This arrest is over allegations that they abused office by arbitrarily initiating unlawful procurement of an exorbitant and unbudgeted for procurement contract between Malawi Government and One Guard FZE for the supply of Uniforms and Equipment for Malawi Prison Services without following public procurement procedures”.
She adds that the bureau recorded an allegation on 16th October, 2020 on the alleged case and conducted investigations which established that Samuel Madula and Kennedy Nkhoma abused their offices and neglected official duties by among other things initiating and justifying the unlawful procurement.
“They are likely to be charged with abuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) as read with Section 34 of the Corrupt Practices Act and neglect of official duties contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code,” says Ndala.