A top aide of Malawi President Peter Mutharika has been banned from entering the US due to “involvement in significant corruption”, the US embassy in the capital, Lilongwe, has said.
Uladi Mussa had “engaged in and benefited from public corruption” when he served as minister of home affairs, the statement said.
This means that Mr Mussa had breached the standards set by the US state department, it added.
Mr Mussa, who is also a top official in the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), told the local press he was surprised by the US decision which, he said, had not been formally communicated.
The veteran politician lost his MP seat in the May elections. He had also served in various roles as a government minister.
The US State Department has also banned one of Mr Mussa’s wives