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Lucas Kondowe out of Anti-Corruption Bureau

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Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General, Lucas Kondowe, spends his last day in office Thursday following the expiry of his three-year contract in which he handled high-profile cases.

Kondowe, who was appointed by President Peter Mutharika in October 2014, said Wednesday that he opted not to renew his contract because he has played his part.

“When I came to the ACB, it was a mission and I think I have done what I thought I could have done and it is time to move on. There is so much to be done but I think, for me, I have done the best I could,” he said

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He said he is contented with his contribution to the nation despite the bureau facing financial challenges.

“If one wants to look at the achievements that I have registered during my tenure, they are clear for all reasonable-minded people to see,” Kondowe said

During his tenure, the graft-bursting body handled high-profile cases, including some Cashgate cases and the infamous case of the Zambia procurement deal.

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In the last months of his contract, he arrested former minister of Agriculture George Chaponda, who is answering corruption charges in relation to the procurement of maize from Zambia.

However, ACB was being criticised by the public over its failure to prosecute cases involving Cabinet ministers as well as for being slow in investigating some cases.

Under Kondowe, Issa Njauju, a senior ACB officer, was brutally murdered, which saw ACB staff living in fear.

Njauju’s murder is yet to be solved. Wednesday, the British government announced their involvement in solving the Njauju murder mystery.

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