Anti-Corruption Bureau clears Ben Phiri

Martha Chizuma

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has cleared Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Member of Parliament for Thyolo Central Constituency Ben Phiri of corruption allegations raised against him in the sale of Blantyre City Car Park.

Phiri was also being investigated on allegations that he solicited money from businessman Faisal Aboo to facilitate the sale of land formerly belonging to Malawi Railways in Limbe, Blantyre.

But ACB Director- General Martha Chizuma told Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steve Kayuni last month that the file was closed.


“After investigations, we could not establish any evidence to this end and the file was closed,” Chizuma said in the letter.

The case was one of those on which Kayuni asked the ACB to give him an update on their progress.

When contacted Tuesday, the DPP confirmed receipt of the communication from the ACB saying: “There are varied concerns and processes that have to follow on aspects given in response and I would not be discussing that in the press.”


On his part, Phiri said he was not aware that he was being investigated.

“The ACB did not tell me that I was being investigated, but if they have cleared me it means God is in control,” Phiri said.

The lawmaker is currently answering a case in which he is suspected to have pocketed K262 million from the Ministry of Gender for services that he allegedly did not render.

On December 13, 2021, High Court Judge Patrick Chirwa, then sitting as Chief Resident Magistrate, granted him bail in the matter.

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