Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times
Graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it is ready to provide more information to parliament on two deputy speakers accused of fraud after they allegedly pocketed K250, 000 each extra on house allowances, money they were not supposed to pocket.
ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba’s reaction comes just days after the Parliamentary Service Commission sent back an ACB report, demanding more information and investigations on the matter.
First deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje and second deputy speaker Clement Chiwaya are accused of pocketing the extra house allowances when they were staying in their personal houses, flouting parliamentary service rules.
“We are ready to provide more information to the parliamentary service commission on the matter. If they are not satisfied with what we gave them, we are ready to give them more information,” said Matemba.
Matemba said what the Parliamentary Service Commission did by sending back the report for more information was within the law.
“The letter that I personally signed quoted the law, and I said if they are not satisfied, they should come back to us for clarifications or comments. If they have decided to send back the report to us then this is a welcome development,” he said.
Chairperson of Human Resource sub committee of the Parliamentary Service Commission, Vitus Dzoole Mwale said the committee wants the ACB to clarify whether what the two deputy speakers did was tantamount to fraud or not.
“We want them to make the clarifications, we want them to investigate the matter further,” said Dzoole Mwale.
The deputy speakers obtained a court injunction restraining their firing from their positions following the incident.
Chilenje came to parliament as an independent member of parliament in the May 20, 2014 parliamentary elections but tilted towards the Democratic Progressive Party after the elections whilst Chiwaya was sponsored into the House by the United Democratic Front.
The commission is chaired and dominated by the opposition Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :