Shut down ACB, MP Lunguzi takes to Twitter on Malawi corruption: Anti-graft Czar Kondowe fights back

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  Dedza East member of Parliament (MP) Juliana Lunguzi  took to Twitter to back suggestions that operations of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) be closed down in the country because they are no longer relevant.

Lunguzi’s tweet

Lunguzi: Shut down ACB

First to raise the point was Malawian economist and motivational speaker Henry Kachaje when he  made a presentation on governance at the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) annual general meeting in Blantyre, in December 2016.

And Lunguzi on Tuesday made her post on Twitter, where she often share her thoughts on matters of national interest, saying the bureau’s existence has become immaterial.

“Malawi#Tractorgate; Maizegate; Escomgate; ACB  is nowehere to be seen now we’ve commission of enquiry.#ACB close it up,” tweeted Lunguzi.

She was apparently referring to the Zambian maize procurement saga which President Peter Mutharika has appointed a commission of inquiry to investigate the matter.

ACB has also indicated that it will—in conjunction with its Zambian counterparts—investigate corrupt elements in the ‘maizegate’.

In his paper titled ‘Corruption: Impact on Political and Socioeconomic Landscape in Malawi’, Kachaje  argued that ACB has considerably been compromised.

“We have an ACB in name and not in action. It is just as good as closing and using the money to, perhaps, buy maize or something essential.

“Its drive is not as it was before and the outcry is that such an institution which is benefiting public resources must be seen to deliver and not just being a symbolic institution in the fight against corruption,” argued Kachaje.

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) national secretary Martin Chiphwanya said recent events at the bureau, such as reports of blocking warrants of arrest and fears of political interference, have led to lack of confidence in its operations.

“We have a bureau widely seen as ineffective but also unfairly using its powers. The recent allegations and reports against the leadership of the bureau have in particular been more damaging,” said Chiphwanya.

The President of the Malawi Law Society, John Suzi Banda, said the ACB’s ‘operational independence has been fatally compromised’.

Other prominent individuals are benefiting.

ACB Czar Lucas Kondowe: Majority of Malawians have no confidence in corru[tion watchdog but we doing all we can to fight graft

But ACB director Lucas Kondowe  told  Capital FM on Wednesday, monitored by Nyasa Times  said the organization has made tremendous efforts to  be professional  in fighting corruption.

“As an institution I can say we have done a great job. There have been criticisms; some constructive and some unconstructive but what I can assure you is that ACB is very professional; it is not a political organization. We are very professional and we will continue to be professional,” said Kondowe.

“I would like to assure Malawians that the organization will protect their interests,” he added

Kondowe said inadequate funding was affecting operation of the bureau.

“I have travelled around the global. I have worked in the United States with the FBI. I have worked with prosecutors in the United States. Those institutions are well funded unlike us. When we bring the case to court we must have enough evidence and for us to have that evidence there is need for thorough investigation which requires more resources,” he said.

A governance and corruption survey report  report, prepared by Blessings Chinsinga, Boniface Dulani, Peter Mvula and Joseph Chunga, all from Chancellor College recommends undertaking of a comprehensive political economy analysis of the implementation of the anti-corruption efforts which it says will be quite critical in terms of identifying barriers to and opportunities for implementation of anti-corruption strategies.

It also recommends review and strengthening the anti-corruption legislative framework because a robust legal and regulatory framework properly enforced guarantees legitimacy.

The report further encourages promotion of a culture of reporting corrupt activities by both citizens and public officials, among others.

Many people who spoke to Nyasa Times said ACB is always influenced by the political decisions of incumbent leadership and also cited the powers of appointment as the weakest link.

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Zinenani
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Bring back Ishmael Wadi. He knows how to handle corruption

Waboza
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Doing attachment for one month doe not mean you are working at that organization MR KONDOWE . PLEASE SHOW US YOUR CV

man
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bwana kondowe just resign honorably you should not wait to be fired its quit embarrassing. malawians love their country and we cannot allow somebody to siphon our hard earned tax for no service this is corruption. what is the difference between what is happening at acb and those contractors who cash gated our money without any services? wake up malawi the acb people should also be investigated by offering us a raw deal.

John
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To begin with, I am 100% in agreement with the position Honorable Lunguzi has taken. In principle, the primary objective of ACB is to root out corruption and promote transparency and accountability as far as public resources are concerned. Looking at the current situation, ACB has miserably failed to achieve this noble responsibility and as a nation we are disapointed. Secondly as Malawians we need to explore and determine why is ACB ineffective and map the way forward. From my view point, ACB is in effective due to several factors namely: Lack of independence from political influence, lack of integrity… Read more »
Muona
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Ukakhala otsutsa boma kuyenda ndi olamula zimatelo ,otsutsa nkumatsutsa koma olamula akuyendetsa dziko ,komanso chomwe ndaona otsutsa ambili alikunja kwadziko lino chikabwela chisanko simuvota nao akaluza at atibela kkkk ,shaa ngati kuzimbabwe anthu osafuna Mugabe alikunja ,kulimbana ndi kutsutsa pa Internet come to vote Mugabe win after that I don’t want him uku akulamulabe ,amalawi tikondane yanu nthawi ikubwela dzikoli nilathu.

mabusa
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If it is not functioning because of lack of funding then close it. Why must you still have such an institution that is not functioning? So you get paid, you travel to USA spending lots of money for something that is not productive. come on

Jeremy
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SHUT THE COUNTRY DOWN..
TOO CORRUPT AND EVIL CULTURE!!!!

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Seriously mp Lunguzi needs a hubby to push her on looks. Anyone with her foni number? Ndimukwatire ndimuchune ndimujudule maonekedwe and kusalala

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