Justice Kamanga, Ombudzman Chizuma; lawyer Kazembe in ACB top job final list

Retired Justice of Appeal Anthony Kamanga, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma and private practice lawyer Wellington Kazembe have been shortlisted from a list of candidates attended interview last weekend for the position of director general of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma make it into final list
Kamanga: Judge of Supreme Court

The names have been submitted to Minister of Justice  Titus Mvalo and the list will be forwarded to the President to choose one candidate who will be subjected to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of parliament.

The final list of three  were picked out of 37 applicants including ACB’s top investigator Dan Mponda, Geoff Chikuta, Linda Mzumara, Felix Tandwe, Chris Khunga and Fenwick Kamanga.

They faced  a selection panel which included Paramount Chief Kyungu, Media Council of Malawi chairperson Wisdom Chimgwede,  Kossam Munthalu representing the civil society, Christopher Guta from the private sector,  former ACB boss Reyneck Matemba and Dumisani Banda from the department io human resources management and development.

ACB top job fell vacant in January when Matemba’s contract expired . Matemba, who was appointed by immediate-past president Peter Mutharika as ACB director general in November 2017,is now serving as  Solicitor General.

Matemba’s appointment as ACB director general by Mutharika followed the expiry of the contractor of his predecessor, Lucas Kondowe. Matemba served as Kondowe’s deputy.

Prior to his appointment as head of the graft-busting body, Matemba worked at Ministry of Justice as assistant chief legislative counsel, administrator general and in the Legal Aid Department, now called Legal Aid Bureau.

If appointed and confirmed, the new director general will lead an ACB investigating the squandering of Covid-19 response  funds known as Covidgate which saw billions of kwachas abused.

Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee (PAC) chairperson Joyce Chitsulo said they expect to be given a candidate who will not be a control freak by the regime when it comes to prosecute suspected government officials.

The final three have impeaccable track record  with Kamanga having served as Malawi Law Commissioner, Solicitor General, Attorney Gener, High Court judge and Justice of Appeal.

Chizuma has previously served as a magistrate, assistant registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal and deputy chairperson of the Industrial Relations Court before becoming the Ombudsman.

While Kazembe has served as corporate secretary and director of administration for the Malawi Housing Corporation between 2008 and 2016.

Under Matemba’s tenure, among some high-profile cases, the ACB secured convictions of former minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa in a passport fraud case and Democratic Progressive Party regional governor (North) Christopher Mzomera Ngwira in a case of misusing public office and defended a K70 billion compensation claim from DPP secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey and three others.

The bureau also secured convictions in several Cashgate cases.

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1 month ago

Mtengeni mzimayi waku nkhotakota chizuma,ndamene wawonetsa dziko lino kuti alibe mantha samawona chinthu koma lamuro likutinji,,chief kyungu msamtenge kamanga kamba kakuti niwakwithu munthuyu adapanga retire adakalamba sankhani anthu amagazi okhwima komaso ofewa mu nzeru i go for CHIZUMA!!!!!!!!!!!

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
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kyungu is a gudegude ppretender old yudasi

Dan
Dan
1 month ago
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I strongly agree with you but the sentiments that you added are all nepotic. Why cant you allow reason reign? Why cant you see that the names have been forwarded to the president and not to Kyungu. I do not agree with this chief in many issues but your nepotic sntiments are digsraceful enough

Ngamo
Ngamo
1 month ago

Mmodzi mwa atatu amenewa ngwakatangale. Ine mpaka pano ndudikila plot yanga. Akasankhidwa tizangoyambila mlandu omwewu basi. All the best chief

Assange WikiLeaks
1 month ago

The old people have proven to be much better than the ones trained under Bakili Muluzi, Bingu, JB and APM. Your written English is very bad and you fail to write loose minutes and memos. Look at those claiming to have degrees like the form form and the likes of George Malemia. Some of the degrees you have cannot accepted like the MIM masters, the Share World, Blantyre Business College etc. You simply buy degrees.

ponda
ponda
1 month ago

opangitsa interview kukhala ena then okasakha osakhidwayo mkukhal wina yemwe pa panel interview panalibe

Kukada
Kukada
1 month ago

Initially I was for Chizuma but her selective actions have made me think otherwise she is a politically stooge who is being used by the current government. . She was on Magalasi appointment yet Chikhosi is appointing people in the civil service without going through any interview. An interesting and stupid employment is that of Tony Bandulo that he has appointed as director yet the dude has a jc certificate and he will be boss of people with degrees.

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
1 month ago
Reply to  Kukada

Go file a case not just ranting here. She (the Ombudsman) does get up and starting investigating, there is need for Complaint to be file & you have information, why then failing to file the complaint with her office. Ukufuna ndani akupangire file complaint yakoyo? Know that you are failing as a bonafide citizen with valid information to file a case on that basis so stop blaming the Office that may not have the complaint filed. But take note that am with you if it happens that the issues are really filed with her office & she is not taking… Read more »

Kukada
Kukada
1 month ago

Get lige man.information comes through different ways. If she is sincere from this information can she asked Chilabade and Chikhosi to provide all the names of people they have employed since June 2020. Let us be fair. Everybody should attend interviews. If Bendulo would attend one interview for the post of director, his will be disqualified because the post of director in government requires one with a degree. Only in Chakwera government that JC holders are being employed in senior positions.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kukada

bandulo JC basi. ndinaonaposo wa ku kodi paja ku treasury a audit general nzimai uja Lonely anali bwana zeeedi. JC tu basi. nanji ma fomufomu kha joji malemya nankhumwa nanga jelusalem inivesity!!! nde malawi imeneyo

Zawadi
Zawadi
1 month ago

Anthony Kamanga retired from judiciary,meaning that he is over 65 years of age,he must not be considered..Going by her performance as ombudsman,Madam Martha Chizuma deserves it more than the other two…She has shown that she cannot easily be swisted.. Lazarus Chakwera pick that lady if you are serious about fighting corruption in the country..but if you want Eisenhower Mkaka and Richard Chimwendo to be stealing our taxes then tengani enawo..

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
1 month ago
Reply to  Zawadi

Justice Kamanga should be enjoying his retirement indeed; iyi ntchitoyi ikufunika those that have the energy reserves. Apologies if am insulting but my thoughts are that we have backlog & new cases to be handled hence the retired Justice Kamanga may not have the pace, just perhpas but if it is ok, then am ok.

May God Almighty appoint for us somebody who will help Malawi move out of the doldrums of corruption & abuse of office

Yamasukoury
Yamasukoury
1 month ago

In tonse alliance, being retired is golden. Those over 60 years have added advantage. This government of the retired, by the retired, for the retired

KWANTERE
KWANTERE
1 month ago

I was watching interviews for top Supreme court judges in south Africa on Newsroom Africa. Can’t we also be doing the same here in Malawi for top positions? It promotes transparency and well deserving people are appointed as the whole nation will be watching. Osati zakumbali zomatenga achibale or party clowns ayi

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 month ago
Reply to  KWANTERE

ma interview akunotu amapangila pa watsup. kukupatsa kae ci envelope kapena galimoto kuti usakane udindowo kukuika nyambo yobella. basitu.
ngati APM ankakana mpaka anapilikitsidwa pa mpando obera uja , no question time he attended. ife kumasonkhanabe kumakavera kululutila ma tounts amanena ngati akuodzera ndi u toothless ujao.
wasing our time kumbaliku akutibera . equation yake mpaka lelo sindiivetsa.
kutukanidwa ife nkumulipila. shaaaaa

Ginimbi, the illuminate, the likes of Bushiri

This will be a litmus test on Tonse thieves either to strengthen ACB and make it truly independent or make it a captured institution under overrated Chizuma

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
1 month ago

Can you substantiate your claims that Chizuma is overated?

Macloud Chavula
Macloud Chavula
1 month ago
Reply to  Mzozodo

chizuma is just overzealous. i agree with the sentiments that she is overrated, if you read her reports are not properly analyse. she seems to be towing party line which should have disqualified her.

Kukada
Kukada
1 month ago
Reply to  Mzozodo

Indeed you overrate this beach. There are maladmistarions happening in the current government and yet she is doing nothing. If she is honest she should demand a list of all people’s who have been recruited in the civil service since June 2020 and see if any of them went through interviews.

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
1 month ago
Reply to  Kukada

File a complaint on the information or issues you have of maladministration in the other sectors & the honourable Ombudsman office will take up the matter. Matters are addressed/ investigated upon a complaint. Go do the needful to see her action and rate her properly not just based on hate or fear ….

Amaravi
1 month ago
Reply to  Kukada

Koditu Omboudman samangopanga investigation opanda odandaula,they need a whistle blower,so ngati muli ndi umboni pitani mukadandaule ngati zili zomveka amafufuza

gogo petulo
1 month ago
Reply to  Kukada

Ombudsman doesn’t work like that. You lodge a complaint first upon which she can act. Did you lodge your complaint to her office that she is failing to act upon? Do not judge her out of hatred.

che
che
1 month ago

read chizumas rulings when she was at irc ,its when you will know that she is an empty tin

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