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Malawi President Fires Top Aides Puts Them Behind Bars

Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has sacked the energy minister and his chief of staff facing corruption charges.

 

The two and one other official – Enock Chihana, a partner in the governing Tonse Alliance – were arrested on Monday for their alleged involvement in a state oil contract.

They were reportedly trying to influence the way that contracts for the supply of oil were awarded.

 

Minister Newton Kambala was not replaced upon his dismissal.

 

The functions of the energy ministry have been transferred to the president’s office.

 

The chief of staff Chris Chaima Banda’s replacement was also not named in the announcement about his dismissal.

 

Mr Kambala and Mr Banda have not commented on the matter.

 

 

 

Mr Chihana commented about the probe, saying taking to the anti-corruption bureau was normal and an opportunity to clear his name. – BBC

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