Chakwera appoints legal bulldozer, Martha Chizuma as New ACB Czar

“We have hope she will do well.”

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed fearless legal bulldozer, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma the head of Malawi’s graft-bustling body, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)

Solicitor General Reyneck Matemba, who is also coincidentally the former ACB chief confirmed the development.

The industrious and results-oriented Chizuma, who has made history as the first woman to become ACB’s director is awaiting to be confirmed by Public Appointments Committee of Parliament (Pac).

During interviews for the ACB’s top job, Chizuma emerged tops beating a nine men who were also vying for the position of ACB boss with a whitewash.

New ACB Director Martha Chizuma in her office in Lilongwe, -Photo by Amos Gumulira, AFP

In an interview Chizuma said: “I am happy that I have been appointed as the ACB director but that is only the first hurdle as Parliament have to confirm the appointment.

“For now, let us wait until the appointment is duly confirmed. If given the honour to serve Malawians in this role, I am ready do what my job entails me to.”

Chizuma, not only was she the people’s choice and favourite, she nailed the interviews to a hilt as well, beating nine males for the competitive role with a whitewash.

Executive Secretary for Malawi Human Rights Commission Habiba Osman: “If there is a person who deserve this position then it is Martha Chizuma.

“She is a very strong and a capable professional hardworking woman, who has a proven track record and she is widely known for her determination and dedication to service.”

Osman added that it is a “historic milestone” to have a female director at ACB and we have hope she will do well.

‘Bulldozer’

Blantyre-based private practice Lawyer and social justice and Human Rights advocate and campaigner John-Gift Mwakhwawa said:

“Appointing and confirming her as the director is not enough, she needs the freedom and independence to execute her duties devoid of political interference.”

Added Mwakhwawa. “She is a bulldozer. She has no fear and a woman of substance and given the space and independence she will bite.”

President Lazarus Chakwera promised to fight corruption to the root and declared war against anyone who is will be found guilty of corruption to go to jail.

Since becoming Ombudsman in 2015, Chizuma instantly became the darling of the people following a spate of investigations she undertook, one of which is the famous tractorgate.

Chizuma, who hails from Chizuma village in Traditional Authority Mwadzama in the Lakeshore District grew up in Nkula Falls before moving to Blantyre where she did her secondary at Zingwangwa Secondary school before being selected to Chancellor College.

After graduating from Chancellor College, Chizuma joined the judiciary as a Senior Resident Magistrate and was based in Mzuzu in the early 2000s.

After working for nine years with the judiciary, Chizuma switched to the private sector and joined Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company as the Company’s Legal Counsel.

She worked for Limbe Leaf for four years but throughout this time, her passion for social justice never faded.

President Chakwera’s Press Secretary, Brian Banda said: “The president is very intentional when it comes to fighting corruption in this country and as promised, he will not interfere in matters of law.

“Dr. Chakwera is very clear about corruption. If found on the wrong side of the law, it doesn’t matter who you are, you will face the arm of the law.”

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Proud Malawian in Jozi
Proud Malawian in Jozi
15 days ago

This is how it should work. People chosen on merit. Am for women who are level headed. From what we hear this is our newly earthed gem. Congratulations ma’am. Many of us in diaspora are so excited to hear of your excellent work. I will call you a “Honey Badger” not in a bad way but that’s animal that isn’t afraid of big poisonous snakes because its skin is so tough and in many cases venom does little to harm it. Go for all the crooks that use the law to evade jail. Congratulations “Tough Cookie”

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
15 days ago

Amayi gwirani ntchito kusakondera kwanu kupitirire
Kochoka pakamwa panu aliyense amadya except mbava zizanga
You are a level headed legal luminary. The Malawi legal sky has many stars your stars has a rich sparkle honouring those who behold it. Malawi is a rich nation with brains of your calibre may God bless your legal path

bentby
16 days ago

May almighty God give her more wisdom, security and good healthy, in the name of Jesus christ I pray, Amen!!!!!!

BigMan
BigMan
16 days ago

Congratulations! Please squeeze the DPP cadets very hard, they went away with billions.

John D
John D
16 days ago

The end of a brilliant career

Liars exposed
16 days ago

Fighting corruption is not the same as looking into governance matters. During Bingu there was the trio of Ralph Kasambara, Ishmael Wadi and Kaliwo. They started their job very well and started arresting most theft suspects. One such suspect is bwana Humphreys Mvula. Did it last long? No sooner had they started arresting suspects than their arms got twisted. I personally feel sorry for Martha as she will be dealing with hardcore corrupt criminals.

Zawadi
Zawadi
16 days ago

Shaaaa,mbava nonse samalani popeza wolonjezedwayo wafika kuzathana nanu..All the best Martha Chizuma..No fear,tiye nazo mbavazi.

Bwanali
Bwanali
16 days ago

Dats awesome development,she deserve it as a fearless lioness

Nabetha
Nabetha
16 days ago

Congratulations in advance, we are pleased for your appointment may God continue to use and protect you in your pursuit for social justice for mother
Malawi 👏👏👏💃💃💃💃🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️🏃‍♀️

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
16 days ago

People talk of gender this gender that BUT this Honourable Lady is beyond gender blah blah. This is what we call merit & well deserved to be the Head of ACB. We only wish her well and God’s protection as she starts to clean & fight the criminal cartels. All the best Ma’am. Malawians are on your side.

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