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35 interested in Anti-Corruption Bureau director’s job

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Pilirani Masanjala

At least 35 people have shown interest in the position of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General, which fell vacant in December last year.

The position was being held by Reyneck Matemba, who is now the country’s Solicitor General and Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Justice.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice Pilirani Masanjala said Justice Minister Titus Mvalo set up a panel of seven people responsible for short-listing and interviewing candidates as mandated by the Corrupt Practices (amendment) Act, 2019.

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“The panel has representatives of the public sector, private sector, faith organisations, traditional leaders, civil society organisations and the media as mandated by the law,” he said.

He said the interviews were due this month, where a maximum of three and minimum of two names of candidates would be submitted to the President for appointment.

According to the Act, the appointed person shall be subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament.

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“Provided that if the President rejects all the names on the said list, he shall send the list back to the minister with reasons for the rejection and the minister shall advertise the position again and cause fresh interviews to be carried out in accordance with this Act,” the Act reads.

The position of ACB Director has a contract term of three years renewable once.

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