CSO demand transparency in ACB boss appointment – Capital Radio Malawi
29 May, 2024

CSO demand transparency in ACB boss appointment

Her contract expiring next month -Chizuma

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the country have called for a transparent and merit-based selection process in the appointment of the next leader of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

The call has come as the tenure for the incumbent director general for the graft busting body Martha Chizuma is expiring on 31 May, 2024.

In a joint statement released under the theme; “Safeguarding Progress: Ensuring Integrity in the Appointment of Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General” National Advocacy Policy (NAP) chairperson Bennedicto Kondowe emphasized on the need to prioritize merit over political considerations to maintain the credibility and effectiveness of the ACB

According to Kondowe the tenure of the current Director General has seen significant strides in the fight against corruption, with notable achievements including the finalization of lifestyle audit guidelines and the prosecution of high-profile cases.

He said; “Safeguarding progress requires ensuring integrity in the appointment of the ACB Director General. The decision-making process must be shielded from political interference to uphold the independence and integrity of the ACB.”

He however cited concerns over the backlog of unresolved cases from previous administrations, highlighting the need for continuity and efficiency in anti-corruption efforts.

Reflecting on the impending contract expiry, stakeholders emphasized the importance of strategic decision-making in selecting the next ACB leader.

“By prioritizing merit and investing in institutional strength, Malawi can pave the way for a more transparent and equitable society,” said Kondowe.

Meanwhile, the ACB director general Martha Chizuma says she is yet to decide on whether to express interest to renew her contract when it ends contracting reports that the Office of the President and Cabinet has rejected her application for renewal.

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