Parliament sends back ACB report on deputy speakers ‘swindling money’

Malawi Parliament has sent back an Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) report on two deputy speakers because, according to officials, the report was badly done.

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje: Illegal allowances

Deputy speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje: Illegal allowances

Member of Human Resource Sub Committee Vitus Dzoole Mwale said the committee has since told the ACB officials to rework the report.

The two deputy speakers Esther Mcheka- Chilenje and Clement Chiwaya are accused of abusing money through getting hefty allowances to which they were not entitled.

“We had a meeting on Friday. We saw the report and noted it had a lot of problems. We asked them to include more information,” said Dzoole Mwale.

He said the report is empty and vague.

“We want the ACB to come out clearly,” he said.

Opposition members of parliament; the Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party want Chilenje and Chiwaya out of their positions.

The two deputy speakers were wrongly claiming rentals for their own houses instead of housing allowance, Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) ordered that they no longer get rentals.

PSC referred the issue to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

However, the two obtained a court injunction restraining parliament from firing them.

Chilenje is independent MP but sympathises with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) whilst Chiwaya is United Democratic Front .

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8 thoughts on “Parliament sends back ACB report on deputy speakers ‘swindling money’”

  1. Zilani says:

    Everywhere one is being investigated, he/she is supposed to gp on forced leave.

    In countries where people are civilised and know the power of their integtity, they resign on their own to pave way for investigations.

    Koma apa investigstions won’t be credible courtesy of political influences.

    Then it remains the two to return the favour.

    Where is the fight against corruption? I can’t see it.

  2. Jelbin Makamo says:

    Mr Joseph Banda you are not getting the point, MPs do not want the ACB to find the two deputy speakers guilty. ACB does not find anyone guilty it does not have that mandate, its mandate is to investigate and present their findings to relevant authority mostly to National Prosecuting Authority who do decide whether to charge the perpetrators or not if the findings are incriminating or not. But in this case as suspects are members of Parliament the ACB is required to report to Parliament if what the two did was a crime or not and Parliament will debate and find a resolution that might either give a green light to the director of public prosecution to charge the two or give a dim light not to charge the two. Now what the committee is asking is that the ACB is to provide enough information about its findings and explanation if what the two did could tantermount to corruption which is criminal in nature and that the commotee would give yhe DPP a go ahead to prosecuting the two. So your argument is too shallow coz the toothless ACB is not mandated to finding anyone guilty but the courts. And you can’t say somebody was not in the wrong when they pocketed what was not legally theirs from a public purse.

    1. Joseph Banda says:

      Sir Mr. Jelbin Makamo, thank you for taking the time to respond. Do you have the actual report or at least seen it? Surely the report had findings and conclusions. It appears the ACB never found any criminal activities but provided some short falls in the system that included the Head of that institution etc. Now of a sadden they return back the report (VERY RUDE!!!). Probably their wishes was not met (speculations)? We have grown to believe that every investigation sent to ACB must result in convictions. Shallow thinking (borrowing your word- actually avoid using such words as they make you less clever or intelligent). IF I WERE YOU I WOULD RESIST THE TOOTHLESS ACB as you have never worked in that office to see what they go through. Let us pray for them and encourage to continue seeing in modern spectacle the errors in doing a job and criminal activities.

  3. The Analyst says:

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    These brutes who call themselves honourables, just want to waste everybody else’s time . . .
    . . . It’s sad that they don’t realise that in asking for clarification and more information on the report, they are just exposing and confirming how spaceous their minds are (when measured by volume of emptiness).
    . . . coz a normal human mind only needs at most 30 percent of information to make a complete and informed decision. And the smaller the percentage, the more intelligent and wise, the mind is.
    . . . But look at what these MPs are asking for; 110% of information.
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    Its quite irritating that while APM preaches zero-tolerance on corruption and theft; these two thieving speaker n deputy seem to be sacred cows. Thus, allowed to conduct business as usual, as if nothing happened.
    . . . Only in Malawi does this chaos and unseriousness, happen . . .
    In countries where the leader is honest and serious about eradicating corruption,
    . . . these two, could have been suspended by now, to pave way for unadulterated investigations.
    . . . There could be no selecting justice on the battle against corruption.
    . . . The leader could have been wise enough to know that his popularily would not shrink if he disciplines his own party zealots who are found to be on the wrong side of the law.

    Of course, we know that . . .
    “It takes a lot of carefulness to kill a fly that perches on the scrotum.” – Ghanain Proverb
    . . . but are we any better to be moving around carrying these flies and pretending that all is well? Noooooooo!!!!!
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  4. International Observer says:

    Where was this committee when in the same house money was misappropriated by buying poshy vehicles for two individuals before that was sanctioned by the rest of the members? What I am saying here is not that the two deputy speakers allegations is not true, but my question is – “why is this being handled selectively? Let the two be responsible for their action so too should the committee bring on the table the others who did the same in the past, regardless of party affiliations.

    1. Bingiza says:

      Kodi simunamve kuti wakuba ndiamene wagwidwa eti. Tiyeni tikambe za nkhani iyi, zinazo ndi nkhamba kamwa.

    2. Mderu says:

      It is sad that Msowoya is busy victimizing these two deputy speakers. Is parliamentary service commission above anybody? People have been arrested in this country did the defend them. They must be stupid. They want to continue meeting so that they can continue to accumulate allowances as they did during this investigations. They have been going to Salima on simple pretext to discuss the two deputy speakers

  5. Joseph Banda says:

    So Parliament wanted ACB to find the two Deputy speakers guilty when they were not in the wrong? I feel that the ACB now is working professionally without influences from any one. This shows that nothing would improve if ACB was reporting to Parliament. It would have been worse. Get lost Dzonzi

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