Uladi Mussa, a senior aide to Malawi President Peter Mutharika and his wife Cecilia have been banned from entering the United States due to allegations of “significant corruption”, the US Embassy said.
“In cases where the Secretary of State has credible information foreign officials have been involved in significant corruption or gross violations of human rights, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States,” the embassy said in a statement.
It said Mussa engaged in and benefited from public corruption in relation to his official duties while minister of home affairs from 2012-2014 when he served in former president Joyce Banda’s administration.
Mussa was arrested last March and charged with abuse of office by the southern African country’s anti-corruption bureau relating to the issuance of Malawian passports during his term as minister.
Mussa denied the charges. He told Reuters he was surprised by the decision as his case was ongoing.
Mutharika vowed in May he would not spare anyone found abusing official positions, in an apparent response to allegations of corruption marking his first term.