By Staff Reporter
Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been arrested on allegations that he accepted money in exchange for awarding government contracts, the Anti corruption bureau has said.
He is accused of receiving $280,000 (£230,000) from a Malawi British businessman Zuneth Sattar “and other items”, a statement says.
Mr Chilima has appeared in court but has not commented on the charges.
He had already been stripped of his powers in June when he was first accused by the Anti-Corruption Bureau. The vice-president faces six charges relating to corruption.
The British businessman, named as Zuneth Sattar, was arrested in the UK in October last year and is now on bail.
He is accused of using connections with senior Malawi government officials and politicians to fraudulently obtain contracts to supply goods and services. The contracts related to armoured personnel carriers, food rations and water cannons