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Judges’ bribery complaint

Anti-Corruption Bureau adamant on disclosing names

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has maintained its stance that the bureau cannot disclose the names of people who allegedly wanted to bribe some of the judges hearing the presidential election result case.

ACB Director General, Reyneck Matemba, Tuesday said releasing the names of the people who wanted to bribe the judges could jeopardise investigations.

“I said I will not disclose names because it is against the law. Our position has not changed, petition or no petition,” he said.

Eight days have elapsed since ACB briefed the nation that they had received a complaint from Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda over attempts to bribe judges.

Judge Healey Potani is heading the panel of judges comprising Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise,Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo who are presiding over the case.

On Thursday, Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) held demonstrations to, among other objectives, give ACB 72 hours to disclose the names of the people.

The 72 hours have since elapsed.

HRDC Chairperson, Timothy Mtambo, said his organisation will continue pressurising the bureau to name the names of the people involved.

He also said HRDC will hold a press briefing on the same today.

“We will communicate our position at the press briefing. We are not going to stop. We are going to continue putting pressure on them,” he said.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) earlier made a demand that ACB should investigate quickly the matter and if necessary make arrests.

MLS President, Burton Mhango, Tuesday said the body has not yet discussed the way forward on the matter.

“We have not yet resolved what would be done next if the ACB does not do what we demanded but we wanted them to quickly deal with the matter,” he said.

According to Mhango, there is no specific number of days stipulated in the law for the ACB to investigate such matters.

He, however, said considering the necessity of the matter, the investigations could have been done quickly.

There are 13 days remaining out of the 45 days which the court set to deliver a ruling on the elections case as demanded by the law.

Malawi Congress Party President Lazarus Chakwera and UTM leader Saulos Chilima petitioned the court to nullify results of the May 21 Tripartite elections over what they described as irregularities.

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