Malawians say govt paying lip service in graft fight

Malawians have taken the government and the graft busting body to task over their seriousness to tackle corruption.

ACB director  Reyneck Matemba : We are not compromised

At a live radio discussion sponsored by Oxfam in Lilongwe, stakeholders gave a vote of no confidence in the fight against corruption.

The stakeholders, who included civil rights activists and ordinary Malawians accused the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) of their failure to net “big fish” entangled in corruption scandals, failure to protect whistle blowers, low funding to ACB and the lack of independence of the ACB.

But Reyneck Matemba, the ACB director dismissed the accusations, arguing the graft busting body is independent.

“I have worked under three administrations, the administration of Dr Joyce Banda as a deputy director and now I am the director of the ACB. No President has come to me to tell me what I should do or not to do. I can challenge you to bring that evidence,” he said.

Matemba also said that his office was working with other government departments to form the institutional integrity committees to fight corruption.

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Gwamula
Gwamula
3 years ago

It is always the standard response, asking for any evidence to prove interference in our office. Anyway. It is not surprising that even the directorate of Declaration of Assets does not even seem t be helpful in assisting with information n how politicians and other crooks of a kind keep amassing property clandestinely. The day of reckoning is nigh.

#DzukaniAmalawi
#DzukaniAmalawi
3 years ago

The question to Mr Matemba is then; why is it that with all the corruption and open-season looting from the govt coffers not one of the implicated political figures has been convicted successfully. If there’s no interference from senior politicians then ACB is utterly incompetent. maybe that’s the issue Malawians should address including the recruitment process of ACB Directors. The conduct and integrity of ACB officials including its director is under question and most likely compromised. Ethics, integrity and morality are the three pillars that govern the conduct of ACB directors and its employees……..ACB has failed on all three. Its… Read more »

Pana
Pana
3 years ago

Unfortunately, all the stakeholders are also corrupt starting from CSO activists to church leaders.

James
James
3 years ago

If no politician has approached Matemba, then we have a very dull Director of Anti – Corruption.

Central
Central
3 years ago

There goes Matemba, the promoted DPP regional governor for the ACB, doing what he knows best in shielding his Prince of Thieves!!!!!!!!!! Mxiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Becks
Becks
3 years ago

Hopeless Matemba and his Hopeless ACB.

Prophet Justice
Prophet Justice
3 years ago

Shameful! The writing is on the board, bold and in caps. You are utterly compromised or colonized. We cannot longer trust you ACB as whistle blowing is as good as sending oneself to vultures

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