On 5th August, 2022, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Mr. Reyneck Matemba,
former Solicitor General and Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Justice, and Mr. John
Suzi-Banda, former Board Chairperson for the Public Procurement and Disposal of
Assets (PPDA) Authority, respectively for receiving advantage from Zuneth Sattar,
Managing Director of Xaviar Limited. The arrest is in relation to the vetting of the said
contract of procurement, contract reference number MPS/SB/16/04/2021, to supply
350,000 food ration packs worth USD7, 875,000.00.
The investigations conducted by the Bureau established that Mr. Reyneck Matemba
corruptly received USD10,000 as an advantage for the vetting process of the food
rations contract. Mr. John Suzi-Banda received MK3,000,000.00 from Mr. Zuneth
Sattar’s agent Zun Cheena to influence Mr. John Suzi-Banda to grant a no objection
for the Malawi Police Service to award the contract to Xaviar Limited.
Mr. Matemba is likely to be charged with one count of corrupt use of official powers
contrary to Section 25 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act while Mr. John Suzi-Banda is
likely to be charged with one count of obtaining an advantage contrary to Section
All correspondences to be addressed to the Director quoting our reference numbers
24(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act and one count of failure to declare interest contrary
to Section 25D (2) (a) of the Corrupt Practices Act.
They will be taken to Court after the Bureau has interviewed them.
EGRITA M. NDALA
PRINCIPAL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL