Public Affairs Committee (PAC) officials have demanded that state spies, the National Intelligence Bureau, is backed by the Republican Constitution so that they are professional instead of serving a ruling political party.
Chairman of the Public Affairs Committee Felix Chingota said the government needs to transform NIB into a professional security organ of the state so that it focuses on national security.
PAC’s observation comes amid concerns that the government is spending huge sums of money on NIB yet it is only involved in party politics rather than national security.
NIB recently authored a report which was sent to President Peter Mutharika alleging Leader of Opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera and civil society leaders were involved in plans to topple the legitimate government, claims that turned out to be false.
Chingota said this in Lilongwe after PAC officials met Mutharika.
Mutharika did not respond to this.
The PAC chair suggested to the president that after transforming NIB, it should be reporting directly to parliament not to the executive branch of government.
Head of the state spying agency in Nicholous Dausi a DPP politician.
Chingota also raised a number of issues with the President including lack of adherence to the rule of law by the current government and excessive powers of the President.
Mutharika conceded there was somehow laxity in government that is why some services to the people are poor.
“In March, I asked for an audit, I wanted to know who is in government and what is he or she doing, up to now I have not received it, there is some resistance,” said the President in reference to the public sector reforms his administration has undertaken.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :