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George Kainja charged, out on bail

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Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Khoswe Chimwaza Thursday granted former inspector general of Police George Kainja bail.

The court gave Kainja bail last evening on condition that he should be reporting to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) every fortnight, pay a cash bond of K800,000 and only move out of Lilongwe with the consent of the bureau.

ACB agents arrested Kainja Thursday after the bureau submitted a situational report to President Lazarus Chakwera related to businessperson Zuneth Sattar’s alleged corrupt dealings.

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The ACB also arrested deputy commissioner of police and service legal officer Mwabi Kaluba for allegedly obtaining $20,000 from Sattar as an advantage for assisting in food ration packs procurement contract processes.

ACB Chief Legal and Prosecution Officer Victor Chiwala told the court that Kainja was brought to the court to be formally charged.

“The reason we have brought him to court is to formally charge him. He is not taking any plea. All we want is that the court should read the charges and reasons why he should be formally detained,” Chiwala said.

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Reading the charges against Kainja, the magistrate said, between March 2021 and October 2021, the former police chief solicited an advantage from Sattar in form of a Scania vehicle and K8.1 million to influence the award of a contract to supply 350,000 food ration packs worth K8 billion to Sattar’s Xaviar Limited.

Lawyer representing Kainja, Gift Nankhuni, asked the court to give his client bail as the ACB had finished cautioning him.

Meanwhile, Chiwala has told journalists that four more people are expected to be arrested by today.

“We have arrested two people and we expect to arrest four more people,” Chiwala said

He added that Kaluba was also cautioned at Mzuzu Court Thursday.

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