ACB czar flatly refuses to name suspects in judges bribery issue

Graft-busting Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba, under intense pressure and fire from journalists to disclose names of the suspects who allegedly wanted to bribe the Constitutional Court judges over the election case, has flatly refused to do so.

Matemba: Shielding the names of the suspects
Media corps at the news conference

Addressing a news conference on Tuesday in Lilongwe, Matemba said it would be illegal to mention their names before the investigations are through and an arrest warrant of arrest.

“We can be sued as ACB. They can sue the Attorney General and the director of the ACB. We had similar cases before. In one of the cases, we were sued for K70 billion. Fortunately, I defended the case,” said Matemba.

He was referring to a lawsuit of K70 billion by the Democratic Progressive Party secretary general Grazelder Jeffrey which was thrown out by the courts.

He told the media that the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda made the complaint to Matemba during a face to face meeting end November which was followed by a letter in December.

Matemba said his officers went to Blantyre to meet one of the two judges who were approached by the suspects whom he just described as one of them as a senior public officer and the other one works for the private sector.

He has however refused to disclose whether he met the suspects or not, saying the investigations are still going on.

Matemba also said he is not obliged to meet the president over the issue, saying the law only provides that he needed to give annual reports to the head of state, the cabinet, the ministry of Justice and Parliament.

Social media platforms are awash with reports that the suspects are veteran firebrand politician and a business tycoon.

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Maliseche
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Maliseche

What was the objective of the press conference???????…. was it all about him???

Stupid
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Stupid

Sir, next time don’t have a press conference to tell us nothing!!!, don’t waste our time. Anzanu akatswiri on anticorruption do things in the following manner:
1. Investigate
2. have hard core evidence
3. Arrest the culprits
4. charge them with the crime (crimes)
5. Have a press briefing while you are well prepared with all the facts!

Stiff Munguyi
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Stiff Munguyi

Matemba,even if you dont want to tell us but everybody is aware that its DPP who is behind the scene..ukaputsa nawe uzalowa mu bwato lamavuta…very soon justice will appear…he is GOD of Abramham,,Isaac…Jacob and above all God of all MALAWIANS….Che PETER dzanja lalemba nkhoma la ku ndata

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
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Senior public servant is Chief Secretary.

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

TO HAVE NUMBER 0NE CITIZEN WHO IS CORRUPT AND GREEDY IS THE MAIN CAUSE OF ALL THIS HAVOC!!!!

Chilungamo Chimawawa
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Chilungamo Chimawawa

just tell the nation and the whole world following up the issue that President Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika sent those people to go and bribe judges so that the election nullification does not happen. you see this is a problem of having corrupt leader!!!!!!

Foolish
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These guys are fooling us. They are trying to use a certain party which has failed the case as a scapegoat. Justice Nyirenda is a big fool. Why revealing that when we are about to get the results of the case. If corruption was not accomplished there is no case.
Foolish even the judge who has brought this accusation.This judge is disgruntled because the party he was defending has failed the case.

Eagles Eye
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Eagles Eye

Bwana Matemba please educate us , what’s the difference between alleged and accused ?
Using the two words can’t you be directed into telling Malawians the bandits involved in the issue at hand ?

Bwana it seems mukutinamiza & we watching you

Mwini. Dimba
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Mwini. Dimba

Kkkkkkkk Koma ku Malawi kuli ma Journalist ouma mitu !

madandu174
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madandu174

The ACB boss was raised by BJ in Blantyre .His father Matemba who was heading MANEB during MULUZI regime was hand picked by BJ when he was minister. It is therefore very difficult for the ACB boss to arrest BJ. To him BJ is like his father.

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