Chakwera rues rejection of Malawi’s anti-graft body independence bill

A  Private Member’s Bill that sought to trim presidential powers in the appointment of Malawi’s anti-corruption body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), top brass was defeated on Thursday mainly by MPs from government benches.

Chakwera: Blow to democrcay

Chakwera: Blow to democrcay

Lilongwe South-West member of Parliament (MP) Peter Chakhwantha (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) tabled a Private Member’s Bill that seeks to trim presidential powers in the appointment of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) top brass.

The bill sought amendment of sections 5 and 7 of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA) to enhance the independence of the operations of the ACB.

It proposed that Section 5 (1) of the CPA which reads that “the President shall, on such terms and conditions as he thinks fit, appoint the director” should be deleted and be replaced with “the director shall be appointed by the Public Appointments Committee on such conditions as the committee shall think fit”.

Chakhwantha also proposed an additional Section 5(3) which outlines that the director of ACB would be appointed after the committee calls for nominations from the public through an advert placed by the Clerk of Parliament.

Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu argued  that powers of the President to appoint were entrenched in the Constitution and the Public Appointments Committee to provide checks and balances in the work of ACB.

But Dedza East parliamentarian Juliana Lunguzi wondered why government is afraid to let the office of ACB be independent and do their work without interference.

“Mr deputy speaker sir, let me make my point straight that this bill is good if we indeed what we preach as reforms are anything to go by.  I’m at pains to see some of members in this House from that side (government)  turning down this bill , what are they afraid  of?

“ I’m speaking here on behalf of my fellow youths who are in majority , I’m also speaking here on behalf of my fellow women who are in majority , this bill seeks to protect them from corruption that rich people in minority deliberately do by stealing the money.

“Let me tell you I know some of you here your old and you already done your future and we’re here to make future of those youths , those children of yours who they might not even know that their parent was an MP when your gone , some of you  can die today and we’re doing these for mother Malawi in future. We need ACB to be independent.”

Peoples Party (PP) parliamentarian for Zomba Malosa,  Roy Akajuwe Banda  questioned why the DPP government is against the Bill when in its manifesto for 2014 elections it clearly said and he quoted: “The DPP government will reduce concentration of power in the presidency. Appointment and removal of the Governor of the RBM, Director of the ACB, the Audit General, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Clerk of Parliament, Malawi Human Rights Commission Executive Secretary, the Malawi Law Commissioner, the Director General of the MBC, MACRA Director General, and the leaders of other accountability institutions shall be appointed on merit  through a Special Public Appointments Committee. The DPP government will pursue Zero Tolerance on Corruption, Bribery, Fraud and Theft of government resources.”

But the DPP government led government with alliance from United Democratic Front and some independent members of parliament led by Lilongwe city Centre parliamentarian David Bisnowaty turned down the bill through division vote with 82 votes and opposition got 75 votes.

In his immediate reaction following the turn down of the bill, leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera said it was sad that Malawians have been let down by “few greedy and overzealous “members of parliament.

“It is a sad day for this nation.  The ones who campaigned for the reforms now are disowning the reforms and their own manifestos , changing like chameleons, we will still fight for the poor to ensure its poor Malawians who wins,” Chakwera said.

He said the rejection of the bill is terrible blow to democracy and its essential tenents of transparenct and accountability.

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34 thoughts on “Chakwera rues rejection of Malawi’s anti-graft body independence bill”

  1. Chambe says:

    That’s the problem of having a mentality that Independent MPs form part of the opposition. The actual opposition MPs have no outright number to defeat the government MPs on voting and they relied on these Independent MPs in their past victories.
    Independent MP have decided to vote otherwise and what makes Lazarus believe that they have been bribed as others believe?

  2. blessings says:

    zovuta kumvetsa. All in all is about protecting personal interests. zofunika mavigils basi.

  3. Vincent K says:

    I don’t know who’s better than the other. Maybe these people are the same, “Gold diggers”.

  4. maseko says:

    Malawi at its peak

  5. wisdom says:

    Fellow Malawians, This is why we need the Information Bill because it will tell us in future when some of these corrupt and untrustworthy MPs come back to us asking us to vote for them because they will fight corruption. They had a chance to demonstrate how serious they are in fighting corruption and they have miserably failed. In fact they have betrayed the national trust. If Malawians don’t take this seriously, then either we are ignorant or are deliberately burying our heads in the sand. Let us as private citizens and the media remember the names of these MPs who voted against that bill and remind them when they come pretending that they care about fighting corruption. Please let us get rid of the collective amnesia that as a people we are associated with, and show them that we do not forget when they betray our trust.

  6. Phwisa says:

    Chakwera is yet to learn politics. All what he is doing will end. Tembo is a very experienced politician but for over 20 his party never saw anything wrong with the ACB law. Why today. Osadzalira when this backfires. Ndi bomatu ili

  7. Zee says:

    chakwera are you calling the people from the constituencies where the 82 PMs come , “few greedy and overzealous ” this is a majority decision of parliament and who are you to say these are greedy people? You must learn to respect the dictates of democracy.

  8. UDF DPP mbava zokha zokha kuikirana kumbuyo. These people are in gvt not for mother MW but for their own bellies. Stupid people.

  9. nkhanga zaona says:

    I FOR ONE WILL NOT BUY THE IDEA OF REFORMS. I WILL CONTINUE DOING THE BUSINESS USUAL APPROACH TO MY WORK. FINISH!

    ANY SERIOUS LEADER CAN NOT REFUSE SHEDDING OFF POWER ON THIS ISSUE. WHAT PETER HAS DONE IS TO ALLOW HIS BOYS TO LOOT IN GOVERNMENT AND CONDONE CORRUPTION.

    AS FOR DONORS, DONT EVER GIVE THIS STUPID GOVERNMENT ANY MONEY. THEY ARE NOT SERIOUS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION.

    PETER IS ON RECORD PLEADING WITH VOTERS TO VOTE FOR HIM PROMISING HE WILL REDUCE PRESIDENTIAL POWERS. SINCE HE WAS ELECTED, WHICH POWERS HAVE BEEN REDUCED FROM HIM?????

  10. Nyauhango Nyandlobvu says:

    I am MCP. However, I think Chakwera and team are refusing to work. Look! The difference between the votes is very small. Let Chakwera talk to PP. They should retable the Bill in the next sitting of Parliament. But between now and then, they should work on lobbying some MPs (especially independents and those who were absent) so that the numbers are on their side.

    Ku anzathukutu kumakhala serious work. For a Bill to work, it requires a lot of work. Osati zaulesizi, ayi.

  11. All-i-can-say says:

    What is going on in Malawi? Firstly, the ACB is poorly funded and secondly not free from political interference. Malawians, these MP’s are serving their own interests and there is no way corruption can be defeated with this kind of mentality. I do not think these DPP MP’s are serious and one area of public service reform is independence of graft-busting bodies like the ACB. Kodi a Chilima muli kuti?

    Malawians, let us rise up and fight these thieves. Corruption is robbing our country of progress and well-meaning citizens must not rest until we end this evil once and for all.

    This country has gone downhill since this Mutharika assumed presidency and must go now!!

  12. BIKOKO says:

    Bisnowatty I see this Jew is brainless like a chicken.I thought he would see things the other way.But I have seen that this Jew, is trash.He is acting like all other brainless independent MPs.We know that all UDF MPs ndimadeya with the exception of Lucious.They cannot think.The other factor which these DPP thugs are forgetting is that we are not making these laws for any party but rather for the good of the country.One day the DPP thugs would be out of gvt and would then see the need of this.Fuck u thugs,

  13. Hokoyo says:

    All is not lost, bring it back in future when DPP is out of government. Also when you have a minority government in parliament.

  14. Mwana Wa Kazembe says:

    I Fail To Understand The Motive Behind The Ammendment to the said Bill. Is it only for the sake of Fighting the President? The Current Bill I Understand, is a 50-50 situation; The President Appoint and the Parliament Approves. So What else do you Want?

    1. The Analyst says:

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      Listen to this and perhaps understand, Mwana wa Kazembe . . .

      . . . If the president appoints the ACB director, the director will be answerable to the president, i.e. won’t be independent of the influence of the president. Even if the approval is done by parliament, if the MPs who suport the president are in a majority, will it matter whether the approval is done by parliament? Surely not!
      . . . The implication is that if the president or his associates are corrupt, the ACB director cannot investigate these people. And if peradventure, a superficial investigation is instituted, no meaningful conclusion can be reached, just at the word of the president.

      It is as simple as that.

      . . . Now, any person or president or MP who is not a thief or corrupt would support or vote for ACB’s independence, without a second thought.
      . . . And what these MPs have done, just shows that they are hard-core thieves and as corrupt as hell as the one who ordered them to vote against this very useful bill.
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  15. pumbwa says:

    Lunguzi Bambo ake anapanga cash gate ku Police. Mulangeni Holiday Resort, Ndimanyumba ochuluka mu Lilongwe plus nyumba ya chifumu ku Salima. Ndiye tiziganiza tisanalankhule.

  16. Buyelekhaya says:

    “You’ve won a battle but not a war”! Akakhala a UDF ndiye ayamba kale kunena timalingaliro tawo pokadziponya mkhwapa mwachipani cha UDF.

    Ndiye poti katangale ndi ziphuphu ziri mmagazi a ambiri nzosadabwitsa kuti voti inanyemda choncho.

    Mukuti aphungu oyima paokha? Ayi wawa! Anthu adagulidwa ndipo ena akuteteza timabizinesi tawo nchifukwa chake adavota mmene tikuwoneramu!

    Mongokumbutsana ndimati ndinene kuti mu 2002 kunali ntchito yofuna kusintha malamulo oyendetsera dziko lino kuti munthu adzitha kukhala mpando wa upulezidenti wadziko koposera matemu kawiri. Omwe ankafuna izi adagawa ndalama kuti voti iwakomere koma nthawi yavoti itafika adagonja. Mwatsoka lake ichi chidali chiyambi chakutha kwa moyo wawo wandale kwa ena! CHENJERANI!

  17. mjomba welewo says:

    @ Omex70: U are right,they are rulling sleepy people more especially we southerners ndife mbuli zachabechabe,nanji kusukulu tinatulikila pa bowo kaya…abwera uyu atipusisa timvotela winanso chimodzimodzi…mbuzi zikachuluka zimatha kulamula ngakhale ng’ombe nkumayenda mwaumbuzi momwemo…

  18. The Analyst says:

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    I wish APM were clean . . .

    . . . It will be a very careless thought for anyone to assume that the govt MPs voted against ACB’s independence on their own accord. Truth is, these MPs voted on instruction from above.
    . . . Now; does it require someone to have a PhD to decipher that APM and cohort are hiding something? hence their quest to continue manipulating the ACB and making the fight against corruption, as superficial as the Chasowa inquiry?; kuphimbana mmaso basi?

    Who has already forgotten, but only someone wearing a maggot’s mind; that APM angrily refused to table the ATI because of the retrospectivity close? – i.e. looking at what happened in the past also?
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . If APM were clean he wouldnt instruct or threaten these gullible MPs into voting against this very important proposal; where independence of ACB would imply effectiveness and indiscriminate pursuit of whoever is in the wrong.
    . . . Now, who but only a thief and the corrupt, are fraid of ACB’s efficiency and effectivenes hence indiscriminate prosecution?

    . . . If APM were clean. he would even have made the ACB independent a long time ago or suggested the same himself; without having to wait for parliament to debate or vote on the same.
    . . . I shall live to see Malawi being ruled by a president who is clean. Otherwise, the wrong that Malawi did, to deserve such unintegrious leaders as Bingu, Bakili, JB and now APM is yet to be known.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O

  19. sd says:

    Just accept defeat!mwabeledwanso? After all why was it a vote..wasn’t it to say Yes or No..now u hav lost..u hav a problem again?poor Malawi opposition,really u ll die in opposition. U thot it was ur time,u failed again! Shame

  20. ineyo says:

    Now tell the nation what type of reforms DPP govt will implement? U say one thing and do the other. Someone has already pointed out you are lucky bcoz you are leading sleepy people

  21. LOGICIAN says:

    This is a surely a retrogressive step towards the much TOUTED Civil Service Reforms…..Am pro-DPP but the govt has clearly missed it on this one……our govt lacks polical will…..WE ARE CLEARLY FIGHTING A LOSING BATTLE in this so called fight against CORRUPTION. Sorry Chakwera n Co., you really tried to assist our nation but alas…….

  22. Mpunga Woviika..... says:

    A Opposition sanayambe atayamikira Boma even a single day chomwe lapanga alwayz blaming so its Tit for Tat tione atabangule.Now ndaona Chakwera ndiwankhanza Zooospsa and I can’t vote him wandilira basi.Ndimamusapota ngati munthu wamulungu kama uuuhhh.

  23. Green Grass says:

    And from this you go and plead for budgetary support? Honestly do you believe any Donor out there can take this Government seriously when indications are there that they have so much to hide when you take into account the adulteration of the Access to Information Bill? Lord have mercy.

  24. Mmalawi olira says:

    Malawi watsopano with it’s president. How can you people call the amendment of the said bill a barbaric bill? Is to the benefit of the President or all Malawians that the appointment of the said office bearers would bring? Mukuchita mantha bwanji a DPP yet this was in your manifesto? Does it mean in 2019 Malawians should not take your manifesto for serious business. Come on DPP, why fooling Malawians? Kudalira kubera mavoti ndikumene kukupangitsani matamawa? Komatu dziwani kuti anthu mukuseweretsawa ndi a Mulungu, ndipo mwini wake akuona zonse mukupangazi.

  25. Vinvi says:

    This is what we voted for.

  26. Concerned citizen says:

    Kodi chakwera ngolungama?

  27. mjomba welewo says:

    Hon. Chakwera and Chakhwantha worry not,time flies,these people are crooks and idiots,ndimbava zokhazokha zimezo,but one day azakomokanso akupangisa msonkhano omwewo uzakhala ulendo.

  28. Omex70 says:

    It is sad that DPP does not need reform at any cost. They are lucky because they are ruling sleepy people.

  29. Mathapa says:

    This in another indicator that this president is the rightful leader for the Malawi nation at this moment BUT HE MUST AND I REPEAT HE MUST STOP INSULTING GOD’S SERVANTS IN WHATEVER FORM OR MEANS BECAUSE DOING WILL BRING GOD’S WRATH TO THE NATION
    I AM A DPP SUPPORTER AND A CHILD OF GOD WHO FOLLOWS ON THE MEN OF GOD WHO ARE INSULTED BY THE PRESIDENT.
    WHEN IT COMES TO GOOD AND EVIL, WE CHOOSE GOD.
    SO WATCH OUT MR PRESIDENT
    THE HAND CAN STAR WRITING ON THE WALL

  30. Chekambewa says:

    Simunati muziwona naga zomwe akupanga a opposition ndi tit for tat ndiye anzanunso ndi anyamata a pa town

  31. khethwayo says:

    Malawians have said NO! to this proposed barbaric ACB amendment bill. Doesn’t chakwera the devil know that 82 votes are bigger than 75?

  32. Edward Talota says:

    God will always fight for his people,the truth will prevail they will soon remember what they are doing and their hidden agenda,therefore, their sons and daughters will heavily pay for this.

  33. MBUMBA says:

    Nchifukwa CHAKE DPP
    2019 IZAWINANSO AKULU AKULU
    WATHU NDINU ADYERA
    AZIPHUPHU HEAVY

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