ACB reviewing Paladin, police bribe case

Ndala: The bureau is always ready
Ndala: The bureau is always ready

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is reviewing a case in which an ex-Paladin employee is alleging that three top officials from the uranium mining firm bribed police with fuel and food to frustrate his assault case.

ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala on Tuesday confirmed that the body received a complaint from Kenneth Kamadya who alleged that Paladin gave 140 litres of fuel and food to police.

Kamadya dragged to court Paladin general manager John Chandler, safety manager Peter Duffield and security supervisor Ronald Kapira after he was assaulted for recording proceedings of a meeting in which he wanted clarification on why he was being recalled to work, after a one-year suspension, without results of an investigation instituted against him into alleged theft of a generator in 2011.

Ndala said the body had just received the complaint and was reviewing it to check whether what happened was in order.

“The Bureau is always ready to handle any case of alleged corrupt practices as mandated by the Corrupt Practices Act,” she said.

In a related development, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba has also given consent to lawyer George Kadzipatike to prosecute three top officials at Paladin in Karonga who were answering a charge of assaulting an employee.

Speaking in an interview with The Nation on Monday, Kamadya said he opted for a private lawyer to prosecute Chandler, Duffield and Ronald Kapira, because he suspected something fishy between police and Paladin officials on the assault case.

He said the police, instead of taking the officials to police for questioning, questioned, arrested and granted them bail right at Paladin offices on April 18 2012.

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    It is pathetic that a lot of cases regarding Paladin are just pending in our courts in relation to different ill treatments to employees by this company. I for one do not want to believe that this is due to the same complaint by Kamadya above or what. One day this company will pack up and go I do not know what relief will be accorded to the complainants, and let us also recall that “justice delayed is justice denied”. Just when are Malawians going to be given the attention they deserve from our own government.
    Bravo immigration for sending back Mirrium Jubert for lack of proper documentation, this is a good indication that at least the government’s arm is waking up from a slumber.

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    Thanks for reporting on this story. We’re yet to see The Nation cover the launch of the new report on revenue (missed) opportunities in the mining sector in Malawi. The Norwegian Church Aid funded the study that focussed on Paladin. The launch was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including representatives from Paladin, Globe Metals & Mining, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Mining along with civil society activists, parliamentarians and traditional leaders: http://mininginmalawi.com/2013/07/06/malawis-mining-stakeholders-divided-over-new-report-on-lost-tax-revenue/

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