By Deogratias Mmana:
The Commission of Inquiry on the arrest of Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General (DG) Martha Chizuma has recommended that leadership be re-organised at the ACB and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).
The commission released its findings Tuesday, after submitting them to President Lazarus Chakwera at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe earlier in the day.
The commission, chaired by retired Justice of Appeal Edward Twea, also found both Chizuma and DPP Steven Kayuni at fault in the way they conducted themselves while discharging their duties and recommended that Chakwera should deal with them.
The report further faults the Malawi Police Service for recording Kayuni’s statement without following procedures.
It further faults Secretary to the President and Cabinet for taking long to issue a suspension letter for Kayuni.
“The commission recommends that appropriate action be taken to deal with the conduct of the DG of the ACB in so far as the leaked audio is concerned,” reads the report, with the commission further saying Chizuma committed offences and that she demonstrated lack of sound judgement in the leaked audio that made rounds early last year.
The commission also says it found that there are mistrust issues among the different offices that are mandated to fight corruption.
It, therefore, recommends that urgent action be taken to restore the dignity, integrity and trust of the offices that are involved in tackling corruption.
“Further, the commission recommends reorganisation of the leadership in the government offices responsible in the fight against corruption,” reads the report, which further urges the ACB, DPP and the Attorney General and the Judiciary to collaborate to complete prosecution of major corruption cases in a quest to restore public confidence in the institutions.
The commission also recommends that employees who leak information from the ACB be dealt with. The commission also finds Kayuni in conflict by bringing a personal complaint to police in his capacity as DPP.