Malawi graft-busting body ACB concedes ‘vote of no confidence’ in NPL perception survey

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Reyneck Matemba has acknowledged the  results of the perception survey of the  Nation Publications Limited (NPL) which shows that people still have little trust in the graft busting body.

Matemba:  ACB  efforts  have been  eroded because of one single case of Zameer Karim

The survey reported in the country’s leading and influential daily newspaper, The Nation,  indicate how ACB’s ability to act independently and execute  its mandate of fighting corruption  in the country effectively.

ACB boss said the poor perception may have resulted from the way the bureau handled the K2.8 billion Malawi Police Service Food Rations  scam where the suppler  Zameer Karim of Pioneer Investment  made a claim of K466 million and deposited K145 million in a ruling Democratic Progressive Party(DPP)  account at Standard Bank whose sole signatory is President Peter Mutharika,.

Matemba said the results that show 88 percent  of respondents  have little trust in ACB because  the bureau cleared President Mutharika before the case was concluded.

“I know that even though we  have made tremendous progress in as faras  fighting corruption is concerned, we are also aware that all those efforts were eroded because of one single case,the Pioneer Investments- Malawi Police Service one.

“But again, for those people who question me or the bureau that where did  I get the authority toclear the President, whatever I did is backed by the law. The moment you find that you don’t have evidence, the bureau has power to  clear that person,” said Matemba is quotes reported by the paper.

In extended coverage, the paper’s editorial comment  said “perception matters” because  it shows people care about how their tax is being spent.

“It means people realise that all the money that changes hands through corruption could have helped communities that are under-resources and struggling for basic services,” reads the editorial in part.

The paper pointed out that  there are myriad of social woes Malawians are facing, such as power outages, unemployment of graduate health workers, teachers and other professionals, and the shortage of essential drugs and equipment in the country’s hospital – owing to corruption.

“Corruption breeds mistrust, and when citizens do not trust their government they stop being interested in it, stop participating in it  and even stop voting. And that makes government less efficient and less effective for all citizens,” said the paper.

It called on government  and the ACB to demonstrate that these perceptions  matter to them by taking action to rectify the situation and restore public trust in the system.

The NPL survey was taken after a similar polls  by the news organisation  in 2016 showed 90 percent of respondents had little trust in the graft-busting body, and also after a 2017 Afrobraometer survey revealed that over 50 percent of Malawians have no trust in government and its agencies to fight corruption. Furthermore, the 2017 Transparency International Index ranked Malawi as one of the countries where corruption flourishes.

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ACB should not only act with integrity and without fear or favour but also be seen to be independent. Mr Matemba seem to be drowning in the role as a boss of ACB; doesnt understand an inch his responsibility and what is expected of him. There are so many that graduate forensic auditors can crack within days and be able to win such cases. Currently cases take months and sometimes years to investigate and in most cases ACB score their own goals by throwing out cases before they even go to court. It is very clear to the ordinary citizens… Read more »

kazenje
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citizens perceptions should be understood well. it does not mean that ACB is failing actually but it what the public thinks and usually it can be true or not. peceptions are what we think and not that its always true what citizens perceive. it only helps policy makers to understand what citizens think about the institutions work and use the knowledge to change the policies or if they believe they are doing the right things they will need to civic educate on thier workings.

Banda
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Banda

This guy has failled the nation big time, its not only on Zameer case. Why cant he resign so that able people will run ACB. Shame on him!

Zikomankhani
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Zikomankhani

The ACB is all over the place instead on concentrating on cases which it can win. The way Reyneck jumped on the recent alleged Interest Rate Capping bribery case perfectly demonstrates the major problem with Matemba and the ACB: Too quick to jump onto new cases, even the most trivial, while old more serious cases drag on and on. When last did the ACB get a conviction (other than the cash gate cases which ACB got on a silver platter)? When there are no convictions, then there’s no deterrence…ACB is just a waste of taxpayers’ funds

Finye
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Finye

Cadet Pyuta ndi Pathfinder achedwatu kubakira acb tu lero. Sanawatapitsire ma units lero eti?

Ochewa Ofewa
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Ochewa Ofewa

Matemba you are a good man for the good job at a wrong time. Wait for Chakwera to set you free so that you work with peace of mind. Have you heard of the CHAKWERA HIGH-5? Read the fourth pillar of the 5 and you will understand and agree to what am talking about.

Thyolo Thava boy
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Mr Matemba made a very big blunder when he cleared APM just to protect him thereby losing his trust among several malawians who had trust in him before. Considering this issue and the way ACB presented Chapondas case in court he cant convince us that he is serving Malawians , the truth of the matter which Matemba himself knows deep down his heart is that he is serving the ruling party called DPP. Why dont you(ACB) probe procurement and allowance scandals at MACRA and ESCOM?
It
s only God who will bail us out in 2019. GOD HAVE MERCY.

UNE
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UNE

ACB said it’d appeal the Chaponda case. Why hasn’t it done that up till now? Even the local man in the village knows that the palms of the Zomba magistrate who presided over that case were greased.

And why did a case of that magnitude have to take place at a magistrate ‘s court in Zomba?

Mwana wa Nankhoma
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Mwana wa Nankhoma

THATS VERY BAD CLEARING MUTHARIKA BEFORE CASE IS CONCLUDED, HOPE YOU WILL REVERSE THIS AS YOU ARE NOT JUDGE OF COURT OF LAW.

JOHN
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JOHN

Matemba is quoted as having said Mutharika did not benefit directly from the scam. What about the 5 vehicles registered in his name donated by same Karim. This is stinking!!!

wakikiki
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wakikiki

WHAT ABOUT CHAPONDA CASE? WAS IT HANDLED PROPERLY. THERE ARE ISSUES THAT ACB IS NOT GOOD AT.GOD SEES EVERYTHING YOU DO..AND WHEN TIME COMES YOU SHALL GET WHAT YOU SAW. LIFE DOES NOT END HERE, JUDGEMENT IS COMING.. WHAT YOU HIDE WILL COME OUT.FEAR GOD AND GOD ALONE. PROTECTION IS FROM ABOVE. DO NOT FEAR WHO KILLS THE BODY BUT WHO AFTER KILLING THE BODY KILLS THE SOUL TOO.

Thyolo Thava boy
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Agree with you Wakikiki, what public officers and everybody in positions are doing now will not end today they will give account to the divine authority one day. They may clear each other today but God is the final judge