Police in Malawi have arrested two former military officers in a corruption probe.

Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau said Cmdr. Gen. Henry Odillo and his former deputy, Lt. Col. Clement Kafuwa, were arrested. The bureau's spokeswoman, Egrita Ndala, said the two men were behind a deal that saw the Malawian Army pay about $4.4 million for military uniforms that were never delivered.

An investigation led by former President Joyce Banda showed that dozens of civil servants had siphoned about $60 million in government funds by colluding with business leaders to make payments for goods and services that never materialized.

According to the World Bank, more than half of Malawi's 16 million people live below the poverty line.