2 top army officers held in Malawi's corruption probe

2015-05-13 12:47

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Blantyre - Police in Malawi have arrested two former military officers in a corruption probe.

Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau said Commander General Henry Odillo and his former deputy, Lieutenant Colonel Clement Kafuwa, were arrested.

The bureau's spokesperson, Egrita Ndala, said the two men were behind a deal that saw the Malawian army pay about $4.4m for military uniforms that were never delivered.

An investigation led by former president Joyce Banda showed that dozens of civil servants had siphoned about $60m in government funds by colluding with business leaders to make payments for goods and services that never materialised.

According to the World Bank, more than half of Malawi's 16 million people live below the poverty line.

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