Joyce Banda’s PP says ACB czar Matemba misinformed the nation

Former ruling People’s Party (PP) has come out strongly censuring  Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General Reyneck Matemba over remarks that it is the party’s leader Joyce Banda who appointed him to the office.

Kalaile: Matemba misinformed the nation and just confused people

Matemba made the assertion when he was addressing the media on  allegations that. Some people were attempting to bribe the five-judge panel working on a judgement for the presidential elections nullification petition.

In a statement made available to Nyasa Times, PP spokesperson Ackison Kalaile Banda said that Matemba misinformed the nation when he said that it is Joyce Banda who appointed him.

“Mr Matemba dragged the former president of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda, who is also People’s Party president  that she is the one who appointed him when we all know who appointed Matemba as Director General.

“As Peoples Party again we feel aggrieved by Mr Matemba’s assertions because for him to be the ACB Director General he was appointed by Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and approved by Parliament,” says Banda.

Kalaile Banda added that the former Head of State only appointed Matemba as Deputy Director but not as the Director General, so it is irrelevant for him to drag Joyce Banda in this issue.

Matemba brought the issue of who appointed him when he was told that the bureau is biased towards government.

The ACB boss indicated that he is not favouring anyone bacause his appointing authority was Joyce Banda and not the current president Peter Mutharika.

Matemba, who ironically  warned against misinformation as the nation is at a “very critical juncture”, also spent a good part of the news conference defending his record as director general at the graft-fighting agency.

He went ahead to say that he is not even fearing for his job because even if he can be fired today from his position, he has a post at the Ministry of Justice where he can return.

PP believes Matemba has done nothing but to confuse the people further as he did not meet their expectations.

Banda’s party indicates that people were expecting to know the people behind the attempted bribery and not to be told what they were told by the ACB boss.

The party further says that Matemba lied when he challenged the media that no opposition leader has been hunted by the ACB.

“Mr Matemba misinformed the nation, and challenged the media that no any opposition leader was arrested by ACB since, yet on 6th March 2017 through the ACB director himself the then Peoples Party acting president Uladi Mussa was arrested and it is this arrest that forced him to resign from the party and seek refuge in the ruling party.

“Once Hon Mussa joined the ruling party the ACB stopped prosecuting case and it died a natural death until the USA government intervened it’s when the case was revived,” argues Kalaile Banda.

Meanwhile Malawians are awaiting the way forward that ACB will take on the alleged attempted bribery of the judges.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda had reportedly named a senior judicial officer and a prominent businessperson as accomplices in the attempt to bribe two of the five judges of the High Court of Malawi sitting as the Constitutional Court and currently preparing judgement for the presidential election nullification petition case.

In the elections case, two of the presidential candidates in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima (the first petitioner) and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate Lazarus Chakwera (the second petitioner) want the court to nullify presidential election results over alleged irregularities, especially in the results management system.

Incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), who was declared winner of the elections, is the first respondent with Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as the second respondent.

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Foolish
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Why you and Joyce behave like fools. Matemba didn’t say the nosense you are talking about. He says he was appointed by JOCCE AS DEPUTY NOT DIRECTOR.
AMALAWI UMBULI UZATHA LITI. THATS WHY THERE IS NO PP

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

This Joyce Banda spokesman is just as dull as her boss if not worse. Matemba already said that the inept JB appointed him as deputy director, thus paving his way to full director.

PP litete
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PP litete

True

kanchenga
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kanchenga

No you lie he never said that. He said it was jb who appointed him as dg.

VYOTO
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VYOTO

It is alleged that the bribery was reported way back early December 2019 so one wonders why after a month our ACB is still investigating, how complicated are the investigations??????

Digging Deeper
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Digging Deeper

It is obvious that Joyce Banda does not know the consequences of appointing a Deputy Director. For in most cases the Deputy is eventually promoted to being the Director. What is amazing is that PP and Mrs Banda are confirming that she was an incompetent President.
Corruption under Mrs Banda peaked.

Mkaika
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Mkaika

Did Matemba say he was appointed ACB Director by Joyce Banda? Then I think my radio auto-corrected it to Deputy Director.

Timo Clouds
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Timo Clouds

Why doesn’t the CJ Andrew Nyirenda or Judiciary spokesperson Agnes Patemba name the suspects and tell us that they have since reported the matter to the ACB for action? If they are fearing for their lives, doesn’t Matemba have a life too? I personal I am convinced with what Matemba explained. Zinazo ndi politics and emotions, not the law; for the law has procedures that go along with substance.

Zangaphee
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Zangaphee

ACB as an authority on corruption issues needs to make a statement. The whistle-blower is not mandated to make statements. I believe you see my point. Take off your political specs please!

Muheni
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Muheni

Neither is Matemba obliged to give out the names when investigations are underway. Its simply logical and I don’t know how you folks are missing it. Reacting to impulse and irrational public demands is out of place. So when you know the names what are u going to do about it? See, at that point that’s when you know the politics and propaganda behind it and not the rationality. Folks please keep quite.

Mandado@147
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Then why ACB holding a press briefing instead of just investigating? Its all schemes shit is deeper than your average mind!!

Digging Deeper & Deeper
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Digging Deeper & Deeper

ACB has a duty to urgently investigate if a bribe was paid and accepted and to make its findings known to Malawians. But Matemba’s actions so far, including his show presser points to ACB creating an opportunity to the so called ‘senior government official’ and the businessman to destroy evidence after which ACB can say that bribery did not occur. If someone accepted the bribe than both giving a bribe and accepting a bribe are ‘crimes’. As someone no less than the CJ found cause to report the matter to ACB, Matemba / ACB has a duty to take matters… Read more »

Lego
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CJ Andrew Nyirenda told Matemba everything and who are behind the bribery,so i see no reason why you are so confused or politicing the issue.Its the duty of ACB to disclose the names of those people.

nyaya
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nyaya

Bwana Banda tamamvetsesani kaye statement ya munthu musanathamange kususa. Zamanyazitu izi.

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

This is a dullest spokesperson I have ever seen.Akanangokhala pheee! Chidzungu chinamupita m’dalayu. The dumbest dude so far seen. Koma abale zinazi kungozolowera kutsutsa basi……mbuli!!!!

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