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Nocma CEO arrested

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JAMES KADADZERA

Malawi Police Service’s Fiscal and Fraud section, on Thursday in Lilongwe arrested National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Gift Dulla on allegations of fraud and abuse of office.

According to our sources, Dulla was arrested at his home in Lilongwe.

“He was arrested yesterday [Thursday]. He was taken to Area 30 Police Headquarters for questioning then was later taken to Area 18 Police Station where he spent a night…as we are talking, he is still there.

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“He was arrested in connection with issues of money which he apparently wanted to use to help fund the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) during the June 23, 2020 Fresh Presidential Polls,” our source said.

It is alleged that Dulla was arrested for creation of a bank account that Nocma wanted to use in bankrolling DPP’s campaign ahead of the fresh presidential elections.

When contacted, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the arrest.

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“I can confirm that police arrested the Nocma CEO on Thursday and he is currently in our hands, the issue is to do with abuse of office and he will be taken to court as soon as possible,” he said.

Dulla is among a number of CEOs that have been arrested lately since the Tonse Alliance led administration took over power, with its leaders promising to rid the country of corruption.

Last month police, arrested Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra)’s Director of Finance Ben Chitsonga and Procurement Specialist Joseph Ngalawa and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi’s (Escom) Director of Human Resources and

Administration Daphter Namadwa.

The two seniors from Macra were arrested for allegedly buying Democratic Progressive

Party (DPP) cloths worth K100 million while Namadwa was arrested in connection

to the lost millions of litres of fuel at Escom allegedly abused by DPP cadets.

Escom’s Chief Executive Officer Allexon Chiwaya was also summoned by fiscal pol ice in Blantyre.

Meanwhile, Director of Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency Willy Kambwandira decried that institutionalised corruption and fraud had grappled many public institutions in the country in recent years.

“It is very unfortunate that colossal amounts of tax payers’ money have been lost through a well-choreographed scheme by some parastatal chief executives , senior government officers, and politicians,” Kambwandira said.

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