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Nocma fuel contracts

Martha Chizuma

Zangazanga Chikhosi

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials on Friday summoned Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zanga-zanga Chikhosi to interview him on issues related to fuel importation deals at National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma).

ACB Director General Martha Chizuma confirmed Sunday that the graft-bursting body interviewed Chikhosi on Friday in his capacity as Nocma Chairperson.

Chizuma could, however, not divulge more information on questions thrown around during the interview.

“Yes, we interviewed the SPC on Friday in his capacity as Nocma Board Chairperson,” Chizuma said.

Chikhosi’s interview with ACB comes less than a month after ACB arrested former Energy minister Newton Kambala, President Lazarus Chakwera’s former chief adviser on strategy Chris Chaima Banda and Alliance for Democracy president Enoch Chihana on allegations that they attempted to influence Nocma Deputy Chief Executive Officer Hellen Buluma to award contracts to Orxy, Finergy and Trafigura.

Early this month, the Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court charged Kambala with three counts of conspiracy to influence a public officer to abuse her office, in line with Section 25 B(2) as read with Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA), and misuse of public office, in line with Section 25 B(1) of the CPA.

The former minister was also charged with attempting to influence a public officer to abuse her public office, in line with Section 25 B(2) as read with Section 35 of the CPA.

Chihana and Chaima Banda were charged with two counts of conspiracy to influence a public officer and attempting to influence a public officer to abuse her office.

Chizuma told the court that ACB was ready to proceed with prosecution in the matter, adding that it had already sought consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

She further indicated in court that ACB would parade five witnesses in the matter.

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