Malawi Law Society urges ACB to swiftly act on judges bribery allegation: ‘Make arrests’

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to swiftly investigate into allegations that some individuals attempted to bribe the five-member panel of High Court

Kaukonde:ACB  should make arrests and handle the matter urgently

judges preparing judgement in the presidential elections nullification petition case.

MLS has since called for the immediate arrest of the suspects whom the graft busting body is yet to identify.
The MLS statement, signed by its president Burton Chidongondo Mhango and  honorary secretary Martha Kaukonde, follows an ACB confirmation that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda lodged a formal complaint to the bureau that there were attempts to bribe two of the five judges.
The ACB has kept names of the suspects under wraps.

In its letter addressed to ACB director general Reyneck Matemba, the Law Society says it has learnt with grave concern allegations of attempts to corrupt judicial officers handling the Constitutional case Reference Number 1 of 2019.

“ACB as a law enforcement agency is expected to make the necessary investigations and arrests immediately. Public trust in the ACB lies in how it handles, to logical conclusion, high profile cases like the one at hand. Any attempts to subvert the course of justice for whatever reason, would result in untold effects on future cases and attempts to fight cases of corruption,” reads the letter from Law Society.

MLS states that the ACB should therefore investigate and prosecute all suspects on issues of attempts to bribe judicial officers.

“As you may be aware, the Law Society in line with its mandate under section 64 of the Legal Education and Legal Practitioners Act has a public duty to protect and assist the public in Malawi on all matters touching, ancillary or incidental to the law and given the inviolable moral and legal necessity of the judiciary and its role in society, any attempt to severely threaten or undermine rule of law, good governance and subverting delivery of justice through corruption, will be seriously resisted,” reads the letter in part.

The Law Society therefore condemns the alleged acts in fullest measure and calls upon the ACB to strictly execute its core duty to adequately handle the matter and ensure that the outcome of the elections case and any  other cases before the judiciary are not affected by such acts and that the judiciary performs all its professional functions without intimidation, hindrance, harassment or improper interference.

“Considering that there have been in the past allegations of corruption in the judiciary, this report on the alleged acts demonstrates the efforts being taken on the part of the judiciary to fight corruption in the judicial system and such acts can only be commended by bringing those involved in corruption to book.”

MLS says failure to act on the issue has the serious potential to affect all operations of law enforcement agencies, thereby creating a recipe for loss of public trust.
The Constitutional Court has until February to determine the case in which Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera and UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima are disputing the President Peter Mutharika re-election in May 2019 polls.

High Court of Malawi judges Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo make up the five-judge Constitutional Court panel hearing the case.

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Guideon
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Guideon

ACB ndi mwana wa DPP palibe chomwe angachite and Ana Dausi angokula zimimba ndi ndalama zakuba pomwe anthu akufuna ndi njala.

Che Wanimiliyoni
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Che Wanimiliyoni

This chief justice’s revelation of corrupt attempt on 2 concert justices is I’ll timed, it should have been kept under wraps up until the judgement is passed. Its easy to call for the arrest of mentioned culprits but know that once you do that the names of the judges will also be known. And if it happens that those two judges rule for nullification then their lives will be in danger. I suggest the two Judges recuse themselves after all 3 will be an odd number and can have a winner or the judgement is pended until the whole truth… Read more »

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Dr. Mvuma

The ACB is a custodian of the Citizen’s justice. They serve the Malawian Nation; and not those in power. Please move swiftly and do the needful. Prove to the Malawi Nation that you have the mantel and stamina to stand your ground and do your worked that you get paid for without fear or favour. Remember, if you fail to do so, History will judge you harshly.

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MLS should be very worried about the effect of ACB’s inaction on the pending judgment on the Elections Case–if Mutharika and DPP were the culprits (in the bribery attempts) but the Court correctly decides against nullification how will this be received by the petitioners and their supporters or conversely if the petitioners are culprits (in the bribery attempts) but the Court correctly rules in favor of nullification how will Mutharika and DPP’s supporters receive this? The best time to have disposed of this matter was at the time it (first) happened but the worst time is after the judgment!!! ACB’s… Read more »

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Mr Matemba please arrest those who wanted to bribe the two judges. Now we know that two judges were approached by these uncivilized individuals who always want Malawi to be a poor nation.Not this time around do your job we demand you to do that. Thanks, little by little the truth is coming.God bless Malawi and keep it a land of peace.

Muheziwa
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Muheziwa

They managed to bribe the Jezebel Jane Ansah with K2 Billion, I can only assume that the Judges are being offed even more, and the question should be where do these people get that kind of money from.
The president is only paid K1.5 million per month so all these hand outs to churches, chiefs etc and the bribes to ECM and now the judges….where do they get the money from.?

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From our taxes. Thats why they are trying to squeeze us from all angle. They started with Electronic passports, that failed and now they are saying they have increase the cost of the passport. Those with cars will pay carbon taxes that means an ordinary Malawian will feel the pitch as transport cost will also increase.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

It is a good thing to push the ACB to make speedy arrests in this bribery case but this coming from the MLS, a club whose members are known for judge shopping, a grouping which shields and probably encourages its members to steal from their poor clients is the highest irony and double standard of all time!

Mulopwana
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Ndendeuli, i have liked your choice of words and articulation…is the highest irony and double standard of all time!

Nematodes
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Easy. The world is not ‘ending’ tomorrow. The ACB has to execute its functions professionally. Do not interfere. We appointed capable people and they are handling sensitive matters with the highest levels of professionalism and integrity.

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