The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said it will review available information to establish whether top presidential aide Ben Phiri’s alleged massive wealth warrants investigations.
In response to an e-mailed questionnaire on whether the Bureau had started investigating Phiri’s alleged wealth, ACB Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala said the Bureau learnt about the Presidential Special Assistant’s alleged wealth through the media.
“The Bureau will review the available information to see if there is merit to warrant investigations. However, the Bureau would like to ask you as well as other members of the media and the public, who may have information on the matter, to provide the Bureau with the information for it to take appropriate action.
“The Bureau investigates allegations of corruption based on information provided by informants or the media as long as that source provides enough information related to suspected corruption by public offers or any other individuals in accordance with section 10(1)(b),(c), (d) (e), (g) and (h) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” she said.
Phiri shocked the nation a fortnight ago when he announced that he had resigned from his position at State House.
He, among other things, stated that he wanted to pave the way for investigations into his alleged massive wealth accumulated within the one year Mutharika has been in office.
However, just a day after his resignation, President Mutharika, through State House Press Secretary Gerald Viola, disputed Phiri’s purported resignation, stating he was still Mutharika’s special aide.
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