The former commander of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) over a multi-million dollar corruption allegation.
General Henry Odillo and his former deputy Colonel Clement Kafuwa, are accused of awarding a contract to a supplier to provide MDF with military hardware which was never delivered.
The two suspects are facing charges of abuse of public office, negligence by a public officer in preserving money and money laundering, a statement from the ACB says.
An investigation has found that MDF paid $4.4 million for military hardware that was not supplied.
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has detained them as part of an on going investigation into the massive plunder and looting of taxpayers’ money as Capital Hill famously known as “cashgate”.
Various civil servants have been charged in the cashgate scandal’s investigations and so far there have been at least five convictions.
The scandal revealed several cases of money being spent without services being provided.
It came to light in September 2013 after the attempted assassination of the then finance ministry’s budget director, Paul Mphwiyo.
Prior to the failed assassination, a civil servant was allegedly found with more than $300,000 in cash in the trunk of his automobile.
More cash was confiscated from some civil servants’ homes and car trunks.
The country’s donors have since withheld $150 million pending further investigation into the scandal.
Both Odillo and Kafuwa could not be immediately reached to commented on the allegations.
Nothetheless, officials of the Anti Corruption Bureau ACB are dismissing the notion that the recent arrests are politically motivated.
Reports have been rife in the public domain, that there are politically motivated as Odillo is said to have turned down a proposal the DPP politburo then to let the military take over following the death of former President Bingu Wa Mutharika.