Anti-Corruption Bureau searches for lawyers


By Deogratias Mmana:

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is hunting for lawyers to help it dispose of some of the cases it is handling.

The lawyers will enter 12 months contracts subject to renewal every year for a maximum of three years upon satisfactory performance.


“The ACB has received special funding from the government in the 2022/2023 financial year and is intending to apply some of it for the disposal of cases through outsourcing of legal services,” reads the bureau’s published expression of interest.

The bureau says it has taken this direction to enhance its legal and prosecutorial services, especially the conduct of cases both within the ACB and in various courts.

“With the establishment of the Financial Crimes Court, the need for more prosecutorial efforts from the ACB needs no emphasis as well,” the bureau says.


ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala was not available for a comment.

However, in a statement dated July 15, 2022, in which the bureau was giving an update on the case involving businessman Zuneth Sattar following allegations that he was giving bribes to some public officers in Malawi, ACB said it had received some special funding from the government to ensure that the case and others are handled to the expectations of Malawians.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa Sunday welcomed ACB’s engagement of private-practice lawyers, saying the graft-busting body needs an extra hand to dispose of the many cases it has in courts.

“This is a very good development which will see the ACB expedite the many court cases. ACB needs more capacity to do that,” Kaiyatsa said.

Some of the corruption cases in court involve former Inspector General of Police George Kainja, former Lands minister Kezzie Msukwa, former principal secretaries Kennedy Nkhoma and Reyneck Matemba.

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