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House summons Pac over Chizuma rejection

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BUSINESS DONE—Chizuma after being interviewed

Parliament Wednesday passed a motion to summon the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) to submit a detailed report on how it rejected the confirmation of Martha Chizuma as new Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General on Tuesday.

The motion, which Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda tabled, wants Pac to, among other things, explain why it subjected Chizuma to another interview on Tuesday, instead of just confirming or rejecting her appointment.

Chimwendo Banda wondered how some members of the committee could give Chizuma one out of 25 during the confirmation process.

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He said the committee owes the nation an explanation on how it decided to reject Chizuma, adding that such a report would guide the august House on how it proceeds on the matter.

Following passing of the motion, the committee is expected to present a detailed report on the matter on Monday.

Meanwhile, President Lazarus Chakwera has expressed disappointment with Pac following its decision to reject Chizuma as ACB boss.

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“I must register my dismay and disappointment with the Public Appointments Committee of this House for its recent decision to reject my appointee for the post of Director-General of ACB. Not only does this decision deny Malawians the services of a strong warrior, but it also delays our plan to empower the ACB to recruit additional prosecutors and implement the National Anti-Corruption Strategy II (2019-24).

“I, therefore, call on this House to put political and personal interests aside and do its part in accelerating the change Malawians fought for,” Chakwera said.

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