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Malawi: Chilima Reacts to ACB Report Linking Him to Sattar Bribery Saga

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Malawi’s State Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has finally reacted to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) report, which links him to corruption activities of the United Kingdom-based business magnate, Zuneth Sattar.

Chilima – in a statement issued on Thursday afternoon – vehemently denies the allegations that have been levelled against him, and challenges that he will welcome the opportunity, at an appropriate time, of challenging the said allegations.

Director of Communications in the Office of the Vice President, Pilirani Phiri, who has signed the statement, says the State Vice President finds the manner in which the Bureau has proceeded very troubling.

“The State Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima has taken note of the contents of a report submitted by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to the State President of the Republic of Malawi His Excellency Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, as relayed in a national address made by the State President on Tuesday 21st June 2022. The Report apparently makes serious allegations of criminal conduct against the State Vice President although, as correctly observed by the State President in his address, the Report does not present any detail of the alleged criminal conduct,” reads the statement in part.

Phiri adds that the Bureau has, in essence, accused Chilima of a crime without providing any particulars or evidence in support of the crime.

He says the State Vice President further finds it curious that, to date, the Bureau has not confronted him with the said allegations of criminal conduct so that he has the opportunity of making representations on the same.