The High Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday released on bail former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Commander General Henry Odillo (retired) and his then deputy Clement Kafuwa after formally charging them of corruption.

The two were arrested on Monday by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on the grounds that they authorized payments to Thuso investments for the services which were not delivered to MDF.

High Court judge Esmie Chombo granted the former top military bosses bail bonded with K2 million (about US $4,500) each, place a house in the upmarket suburb of Area 43 (for Odillo) and a lodge in Blantyre (for Kafuwa).

On the bail condition, Chombo ordered the two to surrender all their travel documents to ACB.

Chombo also ordered Odillo to be reporting to Lingazi Police in Lilongwe once in every week while Kafuwa to be reporting to Limbe Police once every week.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lilongwe Magistrate Paul Chiotcha committed the case to the High Court.

Meanwhile Chombo has charged the two with abuse of public office, negligence by public officer in preserving government property and money laundering.

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