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ACB to prosecute Macra ‘trespassers’

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has vowed to prosecute people that were wrongly recruited at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra).

Apart from inquiries by the Office of the Ombudsman, whose report was released ON Monday, the ACB conducted its own investigations into how some people were recruited at the authority.

In summary, ACB’s investigations show that Timothy Sukali, Ruth Mgwede Mdala, Frank Pempho Mndala, Mc Donald Phoya, Daniel Datchi, Vilant Tambulasi and Limbani Sekani’s recruitments were replete with irregularities.

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The bureau has since renewed the restriction notice on the individuals in question, after the same expired on May 4.

In a sworn statement in support of the application for the renewal of the restriction notice, ACB Senior Legal and Prosecutions Officer Golda Rapozo questions the presence of the individuals at Macra.

“I verily believe that the candidates do not deserve to be in the respective positions at Macra. We are, therefore, proceeding with the prosecution of the individuals…and there is a need to keep away said employees from their work and offices to facilitate smooth prosecution,” he says.

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ACB also faults the then Macra director general Godfrey Itaye for using vouchers in job advertisements for the positions of Deputy Director of ICT Services, Information Technology Support Manager, Market Assessment and Research Manager, Projects Manager, Projects Monitoring Officer, Administration Manager and Revenue Assurance Manager.

The sworn statement also alleges that Itaye and Benson Tembo did not declare an interest when they shortlisted and interviewed some of the members of staff there, pointing out that some of the candidates were the two officials’ relations

Senior Resident Magistrate Godfrey Balaka renewed ACB’s order, paving the way for the planned prosecutions within three months from the date of issue— which is May 7 2021.

The initial restriction notice was issued in September 2020 but was renewed in February this year before it expired again on May 4.

ACB’s position comes at a time Ombudsman Martha Chizuma, in investigations whose findings were presented on Monday this week, announced the nullification of contracts of people that include former Macra directors-general Godfrey Itaye and Henry Shamu.

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