ACB arrests Karim and police officers over the controversial supply ration packs to Malawi Police Service

The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) announced on Wednesday that it has arrested Zameer Karim, whose Pioneer Investments is embroiled in the controversial supply of ration packs was meant to deliver to the Malawi Police Service.

Also arrested are two Senior police officers Commissioner Innocent Bottomani and Senior Superitendant Grant Kachingwe who are suspected to be accomplices to the deal that was worth over K2.7 billion.

A press release from ACB signed by Senior Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala reads: “Zameer Karim is likely to be charged with one count of theft contrary to Section 271 as read with Section 278 of the Penal Code, uttering a false document contrary to Section 360 of the Penal Code and acquiring proceeds of crime contrary to Section 42 (1) (c) of the Financial Crimes Act,”

“Grant Kachingwe is likely to be charged with forging documents in order to help Pioneer Investments obtain a bank loan.

“Commissioner Botomani is likely to be charged with uttering a false document, abuse of office and acquiring proceeds of crime contrary to Section 360 of the Penal Code 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and Section 42 (1) (c) of the Financial Crimes Act respectively.

“They will be taken to court after the Bureau has recorded statements from them.”

Karim is also involved in another controversy in which his company donated K145 million to the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) through a Standard Bank account which President Peter Mutharika is the sole signatory and also five vehicles to DPP.

According to sources, Bottomani and Karim are suspected of conniving with Pioneer Investment to fraudulently change the agreed price of the ration packs from K2.3 billion to close to K2.8 billion.

The ACB cleared President Mutharika after it was discovered that the President did not personally benefit from the money deposited into his party’s account.