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Anti-Corruption Bureau clarifies on Lilongwe Water Board probe

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has said that two people who were arrested last month over the purchase of 5,000 prepaid meters for the Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) did not misappropriate funds for the project but rather wanted to flout procurement procedures.

The graft-busting body arrested Charles Fodya and Inosi Maliano who were contracted to be implementing managers of the project which is being financed with a loan from European Investment Bank (EIB).

One of the suspects, Maliano is said to have tipped his relation, Fodya, who is owner of Swiss investments which according to sources was a bogus company that was to be used to purchase the meters fraudulently.

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In an emailed response, ACB’s Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala explained that investigations show that an employee of the water board acted unlawfully during procurement process.

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau is still conducting investigation at the Lilongwe Water Board. The allegation was not about misappropriation of money. It was alleged that a Lilongwe Water Board employee had given information in relation to a planned procurement to a relation in order for the relation to participate in the procurement. The Bureau has not arrested any other person after the two were arrested,” Ndala said.

The ACB, however, refused to divulge more information fearing prejudicing further investigations and therefore called for patience.

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During the course of the investigations, the bureau seized some computers, laptops and mobile phones belonging to staff for analysis. Some of the equipment were returned whilst the bureau is conducting a forensic analysis on the remaining ones.

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