On 15th December, 2021, the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Mr. Abdul Karim
Batatawala and Mr. Fletcher Nyirenda Commissioner responsible for Operations at
the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services in relation to award of a
contract to Abdul Karim Batatawala by the Department of Immigration and
The investigations conducted by the Bureau established that the Department of
Immigration and Citizenship Services awarded the contract to Abdul Karim
Batatawala without following procurement procedures which led to Malawi
Government losing MK4.7 billion.
Mr. Batatawala is likely to be charged with conspiracy to defraud contrary to Section
323 of the Penal Code. Mr. Fletcher Nyirenda is likely to be charged with one count
of abuse of office contrary to Section 25 B (1) as read with Section 35 of the Corrupt
Practices Act and conspiracy to defraud contrary to Section 303 of the Penal Code.
They will be taken to Court after the Bureau has interviewed them.
EGRITA M. NDALA
PRINCIPAL PUBLIC RELATIONS OFFICER
FOR: DIRECTOR GENERAL