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Malawi civil servant rearrested over cashgate

BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)--The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Friday rearrested Haster Kapita Kabvina, an Accountant and Systems Administrator at the Department of Accountant General for abuse of office.

Kabvina will be charged with two counts of abuse of Public Office contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, according to ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala.

He was first arrested in 2011.

"The second arrest was necessary after the Bureau investigations had uncovered more offences which necessitated the need to interview him again under caution," said Ndala in a statement made available MaraviPost Tuesday.

Ndala said on October 5, 2011, the Bureau received a complaint alleging that public servants were making huge payments to companies owned by themselves or their colleagues for services not offered to Malawi Government.

The Bureau, according to the statement, instituted investigations into the matter and it was established that payments were being made to companies of public officers without offering Government any service.

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Malawi man arrested for possessing fake K1000 bank notes

NKHOTAKOTA (MANA) --  A 25-year-old man is in Police custody at Nkhotakota Police Station for allegedly being found in possession of forged K1000 bank notes.Kwacha.

Nkhotakota Police Spokesperson Williams Kaponda said in the evening of July 20, the suspect identified as Edward Josiah approached rice vendors at bus depot at Nkhotakota boma with intention to buy rice.

“Josiah wanted 300 kilograms of rice.  Upon hearing this, the vendors battled to make a fortune but Chiyembekezo Kamange, Matola Salephera and Kennedy Ntaja were the lucky ones.

“Josiah negotiated for price with three and they agreed to buy at K260 per kilogram. The deal was sealed and three vendors were supposed to get K78, 000,” he said.  

Kaponda said the rice was weighed, put on 50kg sacks and then packed in a minibus which was travelling from Dwangwa to Salima.

“Josiah counted K1000 bank notes amounting to K78, 000 in the presence of the three and gave the cash to Salephera. Josiah later rushed to the minibus to start his return journey.

“As Salephera was counting the cash before sharing to his two colleagues, he suspiciously noted some different features in the K1000 bank notes he was given,” Kaponda said.

The police publicist further said when Salephera alerted his colleagues; Josiah was instantly pulled out of the minibus.

“The three together with the help of other vendors arrested the suspect. According to one statement recorded from the three vendors, while on their way to police the suspect offered a bribe of K4000 to each of the three vendors but they refused,” the police publicist said.

Josiah hails from Kaphanga Village in the area of Traditional Authority Khombeza in Salima and he is expected to appear before Nkhotakota Magistrate Court soon.

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Another teacher arrested for helping out students during exams: 2014 MSCE

LILONGWE (MaraviPost) -- The Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) has confirmed the arrest of another secondary school teacher in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe for helping out his students whilst exams were in progress.

Maleface Tambala of Dzenza Mission Secondary School is currently being held at Kanengo Police Station, Maneb publicist Simeon Maganga said.

Last week a head teacher in Malawi’s commercial capital of Blantyre was also arrested for a similar malpractice.

Cheating during examinations in Malawi is a crime punishable by law, and any teacher found guilty is expected to pay K300,000, plus ten years in prison, while any student convicted of cheating pays K50,000 plus two years in prison.

Before commencement of this year’s examinations, MANEB announced new stringent security measures, warning that anyone caught doing examination malpractice would face the law.  

MANEB has once again called upon the public to work with it in curbing examination malpractices by reporting any cases of cheating to the board, police or Anti-Corruption Bureau.     

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Security crisis! Catholic gas station in Mzuzu robbed K3.2 m

MZUZU (MANA) Unidentified armed robbers on Saturday night raided Total Filling Station, popularly known as Bishop Filling Station in Mzuzu and went away with MK3.2 million after tying up two guards and four fuel attendants with ropes.

The filling station belongs to Mzuzu Diocese of the Catholic Church.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi News Agency, Mzuzu Diocese Treasurer General Gabriel Mhone said the robbers, who were armed with panga knives and metal bars, raided the filling station around 12:00 midnight.

He explained that before accomplishing their mission, the robbers broke into a room at the filling station where the fuel attendants were resting and tied up them along with the guards on duty with ropes in addition to gagging their mouths, apparently to prevent them from shouting.

 “It was a group of people and while some were inside breaking the cash chest, others, dressed like fuel attendants, were outside telling customers who came for refueling that there was no fuel,” said Mhone.

Besides robbing the filling station of MK3.2 million, the robbers also stole eleven thousand kwacha belonging to one of the fuel attendants.

“One customer from Kasungu came to refuel and discovered that the place was deserted. The customer then moved close to the [filling station] shop and saw the fuel attendants and guards tied. It was at this point that he alerted Mchengautuwa Police,” he said.

Police confirmed the robbery, saying no arrest has been made so far. The law enforcers are still investigating the incident, according to Northern Region Police Deputy Publicist, Paul Tembo.

This is the second time the filling station has been robbed since it opened its doors in 2009. 

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Headteacher arrested over exam malpractice in Blantyre

BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)--A head teacher at Skyway Private Secondary School in Malawi's commercial capital Blantyre has been arrested over examination malpractice.Simeon

The head teacher, identified as a Mr. Kasiya, was arrested on Friday for collecting and opening an envelope confidential instructions when his school was not supposed to have access to.

According to the Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) spokesperson, Simeon Maganga, such confidential information is only meant for a school administrating the 2014 practical subjects.

"His school, however, did not have required facilities to allow its candidates take practical papers there, hence their use of Ndirande Hill Secondary School instead which was the right authority to collect the confidential instructions," explained Maganga.

This, according to him, was discovered on Friday and Kasiya was eventually arrested handed over to Blantyre Police for gaining access to examination materials, contrary to Section 14 (2a) of Maneb Act.

Should he be convicted, Kasiya could be sentenced to 10 years imprisonment with hard and to pay K300,000, says Maganga.

2014 Malawi Schools Certificate of Education (MSCE) examination commenced last Wednesday and will run through to August 1.

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