Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima arrested for corruption

Written by on November 25, 2022

Malawi’s Vice-President Saulos Chilima has been arrested on allegations that he accepted money in exchange for awarding government contracts, according to Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau

Chilima is reportedly accused of receiving $280,000 as well as other items from British businessman Zuneth Sattar.

Chilima who had already been stripped of his powers in June when he was first accused by the Anti-Corruption Bureau is due to appear in court.

The British businessman, Zuneth Sattar, is also under arrest in the UK where he is accused of using connections with senior Malawi government officials and politicians to fraudulently obtain contracts to supply goods and services but he has denied all wrongdoing.

France’s National Assembly has backed a bid to enshrine the right to abortion in the constitution, prompted largely by increased restrictions from elsewhere.

A large majority of lawmakers voted to include a clause guaranteeing “the effectiveness and equal access to the right to end pregnancy voluntarily”.

Left-wing MP Mathilde Panot, who is behind the change, said it was to protect against the “backsliding” seen in the US and Poland but the bill is expected to face a tough passage.

The Senate rejected a similar proposal in October and is thought unlikely to back the new amendment as Right-wing parties which dominate the Senate argue that abortion rights are not under threat in France.

A change of constitution would also have to go to a referendum, though opinion polls suggest more than 80% of French voters are behind it.

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