BLANTYRE--Fired Anti-Corruption Bureau chief Alex Nampota couldn't take it lying down when he was told his services were no longer needed.
He is said to have snubbed Pres Joyce Banda by refusing to be given a new job as High Court judge and also demanded K76 million in damages if he had to resign from his job.
The Sunday Times of Malawi reported that Nampota looked the other way when he was being offered the new job and to resign before his contract ends in October, 2014.
Nampota, seen as a DPP sympathiser since the late president gave him the job, rushed to the High Court to seek redress and to stop the government from showing him the exit door without valid reasons.
The newspaper said documents filed by Nampota at the High Court show that Chief Secretary to the Government, Bright Msaka, delivered the bad news to Nampota on behalf of the president at a meeting on May 9 at Capital Hill.
Nampota was duly informed that the new president wouldn’t feel comfortable to work with him, suggesting that he resign, but Nampota demanded his K76 million before he resigned and blantly told Msaka he wouldn’t take up the judge job.
The ACB boss was later arrested on charges of abuse of office when he received allowances to attend a course abroad but is said to have been forced by circumstances not to go until later on.
Nampota has told the media before that he sought clearance from his authorities on what he should do with the unused allowances, saying all this was documented.
The JB administration has fired Clerk of Parliament Matilda Katopola, Chief Immigration officer Elvis Thodi and Police Boss Peter Mukhito, who were all linked to the Mutharika regime.
Mutharika died in April after suffering from a heart attack. Since winning reelection in 2009, Mutharika started enacting controversial policies seen by many as designed to consolidate his grip on power. Banda who was vice president was sworn in to finish the remainder of Mutharika's term in 2014.
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