Arrest individuals in judges bribery attempt: Malawi elections case

Credible evidence has emerged that three individuals want to sabotage justice by bribing the five constitutional judges presiding over the high-profile 21 May disputed election case. Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)against the individuals whose names are yet to be disclosed.

Matemba: Asked to act into judge bribery attempts

The Chief Justice is the highest ranking person in the judiciary. And for him to complain to the bureau not only shows the credibility of the information, but also how serious the issue is. The complaint need to be investigated with the speed it deserves.

However, judging by the delay in naming the individuals and failure to arrest them, the Bureau chief seems to be shielding the individuals.  The CJ has presented the names of individuals attempting to bribe the judges. In the same vein, ACB Director Reyneck Matemba should pluck enough courage to reveal names of individuals and effect arrests.  The public is interested in knowing who these individuals are and having them arrested.

If they were ordinary people or members of the opposition, ACB would swiftly spring into action.  Even other organs of government like the police and Malawi Revenue Authority were going to gang up against the individuals to intimidate them.

The Bureau has always been quick to reveal the names of ordinary people linked to corruption. Matemba should not grow cold feet to mention the names of the individuals. There should be no scarecrows in justice and equality issues. All the people are equal before the law and should be treated the same.

Failure to disclose the names or arrest the individuals is not only acting double standard, but also damaging the credibility of the ACB as an effective organisation that can fight corruption. Malawians are tied of corruption, and it is a moment like this one that the ACB should be professional and show seriousness and prove that it can take action against any person involved in corruption.

The latest revelation of attempted corruption shows how desperate how some people want  to subvert justice at all cost. They should feel ashamed that their clandestinemoves are exposed and that no one will take them seriously when they stand on political podium and talk about fighting corruption in the country. The huge sums of money they are using to bribe constitutional court judges could be put to better use by buying drugs, constructing school blocks etc.

Matemba has no excuse at all not to expeditiously investigate the matter and bring perpetrators to book. Delaying the case will only anger Malawians who want justice to be seen to be done. Malawi is now rotten to the core with corruption.

And when high-profile individuals who are supposed to be role models are involved in corruption, it becomes clear that the society has lost its moral fabric. The country needs to be fixed as soon as possible. It is not long that jails will swell with corrupt leaders and their cohorts.

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Kennedy
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Kennedy

If acb is grouping with Dpp or if this thing is real let the judge reveal the name and shame the ACB. We’re fade up now.

Lazarus Kappata Njikho
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Lazarus Kappata Njikho

No comment as it looks like I am wasting my time… MALAWI will never grow I mean it ..

Deeper & Deeper
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Deeper & Deeper

Attempted bribery is a crime under Criminal Law. There is no need to wait for a corrupted and biased Director General of ACB, for ACB to investigate. Those who offered the bribe should be reported to Malawi Police. We are all dreaming if we believe that ACB will investigate the matter, as there is no chance of that happening at all, zero!
The other option is to carry out a citizen’s arrest and deliver the bribers to the Police.

Mabvuto
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Mabvuto

Which police my brother? These are mere Cadets in police uniform,

Digging Deeper & Deeper
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Digging Deeper & Deeper

An attempt was made to bribe the Judges to deliver a judgement favourable to either the ruling party DPP or the opposition parties. Its quite logical to conclude that if the attempted bribery had been made by the opposition parties, ACB would have arrested the culprits and brought the opposition into disrepute. But because the attempt to bribe was made on behalf of DPP, the Director General of ACB is following orders from the State President to disregard any evidence. Its time that other officials at ACB leak the evidence to media or on social media, because the Director General… Read more »

CHIMANGO
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CHIMANGO

We are looking forward to hearing more from our ACB

Nyaphapi One
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Easy. No need to panic. Investigations are complex matters. Take your time. Do not allow anyone to push you.

Pachalo
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Pachalo

When we see cadets commenting like this…you know you know!

FootSoldier
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FootSoldier

The word out there is it is the billionaire Mr. Simbi and his son and a Mr. Chiphiko (a former MCP legislator). The DPP govt gave a shady character like this a half-Trillion contract without carefully assessing his character, he is now bent on protecting his ‘investment’. An honest investor (if he were one) would not put his money where the rule of law is questionable as is the case in Malawi. The country should learn its lessons. Both the DPP govt and the Opposition MCP were and still are hand-in-glove in the pocket of this guy.

Nalingula
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Nalingula

Haha ma Cadet sopano ….Anakatokhala anthu mutowatchula bwenzi pano atagwidwa khale …November or December ngati momwe munapangira Trapence ndi Sembereka….Paja ma Cadet simuchedwatu Zikatokhala za Opposition …..Mboni ndi Kabwira…..

Muheni
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Muheni

Aaaa inu mukufuna kunena kuti nkhani iyiyi ya mu November a Chilima samaidziwa? Phuma lawo lija sanayambepo yawo ija chifukwa ninja. Mukanadziwa sibwezi mukulubwalubwa hahaha

Nzika
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Nzika

Che Rayneck Matemba, the ball is in your court. Stand up and act like a man! Zikanakhala kuti zikukhudza a opposition, tikudziwa kuti zikanakhalapo za nkhodzo za pusi. Koma poti zagwera agang’a, ndiye mbalame yakhala pa uta mukulephera kuilasa as you have completely forgotten that your office is supposed to be independent, free and spared from political interference. That is why I am of the view that the authority to appoint officers in such important organisatios such as ACB and MEC, just to mention a few, should not be vested on the president. Advertise when vacancies arise and people should… Read more »

Joni
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Joni

HRDC Kodo kodo yakwana……..give ACB Secretariat an ultimatum (say one week chifukwa mayinawo anapatsidwa kale ndi CJ) kuti tikakutire ma regional ACB offices onse…Bt, LL – Hq and Mzuzu ngati saulutsa “mayina a okhozawo”

TIWAYENDERE A ACB then kunyumba kwa MATEMBAYO PLEASE CHONDE AYIDZIWE BANGWE…..NDIPO NEXT TIME SADZAPANGANSO…..kubisa ndikuchedwetsera dala zinthu zowonekeratu ngati zimenezi komanso zaChapondanso anatero……

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