The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested former Cabinet minister Symon Vuwa Kaunda and issued a warrant of arrest for former chief secretary to the President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara over alleged corruption.
I n a n i n t e r v i e w yesterday, ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said Kaunda, who is legislator for Nkhata Bay Central and served as minister of Lands during the Peter Mutharika administrat ion, was arrested in connection with an alleged illegal sale of land belonging to the Department of Forestry in Kanjedza, Blantyre.
He said Kaunda would be taken to court today for plea after recording his statement yesterday.
Matemba said the former minister was implicated in the allocation of a 1.1 hectare plot to his former Cabinet colleague Charles Mchacha with 99- year lease effective July 2019 at a value of K30.5 million.
He said: “He [Kaunda] will be charged with abuse of office and engaging in corrupt transactions with a private person.”
Muhara, on the other hand, is yet to be arrested on corruption charges as he is reported to be in the United States of America.
Matemba said the ACB will inform Muhara, a Judge of the High Court of Malawi, about his warrant of arrest for him to voluntarily return to Malawi to answer a case he will be charged with.
The ACB e a r l i e r arrested Mchacha and Ministry of Defence Principal Secretary Bright Kumwembwe on similar charges. The duo was granted bail last week