The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested Mangochi East Constituency Member of Parliament Francesca Masamba on allegations of corruption.
According to ACB Principal Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala, Masamba, as a member of the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament, corruptly solicited an advantage from one of the candidates who was to be interviewed for a position in the Office of the Directorate of Public Officers Declaration.
“ACB investigations establish that Hon Francesca Masamba solicited sums of money ranging from K1, 000, 000 to K2, 000 000 in order to influence the decision of the committee,” reads a press statement which Ndala has signed.
The suspect was arrested Thursday and Ndala said she was likely to be charged with corrupt use of official powers and misuse of public office, in line with Section 25 (1) and 25 B(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act, respectively.
The bureau further indicates that it was sensitised to the allegation on August 24 this year.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.