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Innocent Botomani testifies against Zameer Karim

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Former Malawi Police Service (MPS) director of finance Innocent Botomani is the State witness in the case involving businessman Zameer Karim, who is being accused of forging documents to acquire a K150 million loan to buy food rations for the service.

The case, which is before Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa, was adjourned yesterday but continues today.

Botomani, who later became MPS commissioner, was cross-examined by Karim’s lawyer Alex Nampota.

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Speaking after court proceedings, Director of Public Prosecutions Steve Kayuni said the case involves forgery of K150 million loan documents, which helped Karim to get funds from Ecobank.

“In the case, Karim and Victoria Chanza, an officer with Ecobank, are accused of forging Police documents which helped them secure a K150 million loan from Ecobank on the pretext that Karim had a contract with the Malawi Police Service,” Kayuni said.

The documents were a commitment to Ecobank to facilitate the loan to Pioneer Investments. It assured the commercial bank that MPS would pay the businessperson.

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However, Botomani denied offering the documents to Karim during cross-examination.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Karim and Botomani for allegedly being involved in the procurement of K2.7 billion Police food rations, whose tender Pioneer Investments won in 2015.

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