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Malawian Vice President, Saulos Chilima, arrested over $280,000 bribery allegation

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The Malawian Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), has arrested Vice President, Saulos Klaus Chilima, over a $280,000 bribery allegation and sundry allegations of corruption, the country’s anti-corruption agency announced on Friday.

Spokesman of the ACB, Egrita Ndala, said the arrest of the VP was due to allegations that he received $280,000 in exchange for awarding government contracts to a British-Malawian businessman, Zuneth Sattar.

According to Ndala, the ACB had, in June, submitted a report to President Lazarus Chakwera detailing allegations of bribery against public officers, including Chilima, in connection to dealings with Sattar.

In response, Chakwera had stripped the vice president of all delegated powers which gave the ACB the powers to arrest him.

The ACB in a statement on the arrest of the VP, said he will be charged to court on three counts of corruption.

“On 25th November, 2022, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima, vice president of the Republic of Malawi on corruption charges,” the ACB said.

“Between March 2021 and October 2021, he received advantage in form of money amounting to USD 280,000 and other items from Zuneth Sattar as a reward for Dr. Chilima to assist Xaviar Limited and Malachite FZE, which are companies connected to Zuneth Sattar to be awarded contracts by the Malawi government.

“Dr. Chilima will be taken to court where he is expected to be charged as follows:

“Three counts of corrupt practices by a public officer contrary to section 24(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act as read with section 34 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

“Two counts of receiving advantage for using influence in regard to contracts contrary to section 29 (1) (b) of the Corrupt Practices Act as read with section 34 of the Corrupt Practices Act.

“One count of failing to make a full report to a police officer or an officer of the bureau that an advantage had been corruptly given contrary to section 36 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.”

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Again, thousands of Sudanese Islamists protest against UN mission

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For the second time in two weeks,
thousands of Islamists in Sudan took to the streets in Khartoum and other major cities in the country to protest against the presence of the United Nations and the inability to resolve the political crisis that has engulfed the country sparked by the October 2021 coup.

The demonstrations which crippled major cities on Saturday, is the latest by Islamist factions in recent weeks, coming a day after military leaders and a key civilian bloc announced plans to sign an initial power sharing deal.

In the capital Khartoum, the protesters gathered in front of the United Nations Mission office to protest the presence of the agency in the country amid a spiralling economic crisis and a rise in ethnic clashes in remote regions.

On Friday, the country’s military leaders met with a civilian group, the Forces for Freedom and Change (FFC), which was ousted in the 2021 coup with a view to signing a power sharing agreement which has not gone down with the protesters.

In a statement announcing the deal, the FFC said they discussed a potential “political framework agreement that would lay the groundwork for establishing of transitional civilian authority,” which was also confirmed by Sudan’s sovereign council.

The talks were held in the presence of officials from the African Union, United Nations and the regional IGAD bloc, as well as Western diplomats, which led to anger from the opposition.

Divisions among civilian groups in Sudan have deepened since the coup, with some urging for reaching a deal with the military, while others insist on “no partnership, no negotiation”.

Political turmoil has gripped Sudan since army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan led an October 2021 military takeover, derailing a fragile transition to civilian rule installed after the 2019 ouster of long-time Islamist autocrat Omar al-Bashir.

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Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, son Muhoozi, on war path over party’s leadership style

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Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, is on a war path with his father over the country’s ruling party’s style of leadership which he says is not in favour of Ugandans.

Muhoozi who has carved a niche for himself in controversies, on Saturday, launched a scathing offensive at his father and the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM), saying they “no longer represents Ugandans.”

“I am listening to the outcry of our people for change. I am with the people. Whatever NRM has become certainly does not represent the people of Uganda,” he posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

Muhoozi who has often boasted about being the “best bet” to take over from his father as the Uganda’s president in the future, said he is disappointed that his father and the ruling party had derailed as a result of the deteriorating performance of the ruling NRM.

“We shall jointly (all of together) create the 6th republic. The 1st was Obote, the 2nd was Amin, the 3rd was Obote II, the 4th was Okello and the 5th was NRM. We will be the 6th republic! The greatest epoch in history,” he wrote in another post.

This is not the first time Muhoozi has criticised his father over his leadership style. On more than three different occasions, he has called on his father to change his style and come up with policies that will be to the benefit of the masses and his utterances have made him quite popular with the ordinary people who see him as being part of them.

Last month, he had revealed plans of calling for a big youth summit where he will inform the young people in the country of a big plan that he has for them.

He had also previously expressed interest in replacing his father as the President of Uganda to honour his mother, Janet Museveni, who is Uganda’s Education and Sports Minister, whom he calls “an angel.”

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