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Anti-Corruption Bureau mum on Lilongwe Water Board inquiry

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Over a month after the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested two people for allegedly misappropriating funds from the European Investment Bank (EIB), the graft-busting body is economic with some information regarding the resultant investigations.

The funds which were a loan from the EIB were meant for purchasing 5,000 prepaid metres for Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) through a project funded by government.

LWB is reported to have contracted Charles Fodya and Inosi Maliano, owners of Swiss Investments, as implementing managers of the project financed from the national budget.

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It is, however, alleged that ACB found that Swiss Investments was a bogus company that was contracted to purchase the metres under dubious procedures.

In a follow-up question on the number of people who are being investigated and how many computers and mobile phones were seized, ACB Senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, said an investigation does not target specific individuals.

“It follows where the information being gathered leads it to. We may not provide information as to how many computers and [mobile phones] were seized, suffice to say that some were returned after the analysis on them was completed,” said Ndala.

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She said after the ACB had seized laptop computers and cellphones from those connected to the investigation at LWB as part of the investigations process, the bureau returned some of the equipment and is still conducting forensic analysis on the remaining ones.

According to information on ACB’s website, on 22nd September, 2016, the graft-busting body received a complaint alleging that officers at LWB had corruptly awarded a tender to supply 5,000 prepaid water meters and associated services to their relations.

ACB then instituted an investigation into the matter which reportedly established that Maliano, Project Implementation Unit Manager for LWB provided Fodya, his relation who owns Swiss Investment, swith instructions regarding the participation in the tender no LWB/EIB/G/03A.

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