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Martha Chizuma emerges top in ACB Director race

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Gift Trapence

After strenuous interviews for the position of Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director, the country’s Ombudsman Martha Chizuma has emerged top.

Not only was she the people’s choice but Chizuma nailed the interviews as well, beating nine males for the competitive role.

According to scores that Malawi News has seen, Justice Anthony Kamanga (retired) came second, while Wellington Kazembe came third.

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When contacted, Chizuma said she had not yet received communication but noted that if it is true, then it will be subject to confirmation by the President and Public Appointments Committee of Parliament (Pac).

President Lazarus Chakwera is supposed to endorse and submit the successful name to the Parliament for confirmation.

After graduating from Chancellor College, Chizuma joined the judiciary as a Senior Resident Magistrate and was based in Mzuzu.

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After working for nine years with the judiciary, Chizuma switched to the private sector and joined Limbe Leaf Tobacco Company as the Company’s Legal Counsel.

She worked for Limbe Leaf for four years but throughout this time, her passion for social justice never faded.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson, Gift Trapence, said his organisation was happy with Chizuma’s success.

“We have one of the hard workers, professional and independent as ACB Director.

“During her time as Ombudsman, she has made historical and fundamental contributions to administrative justice discourse in the country. It is also our expectation that she will not be interfered with by politicians in her work rather she will be on the side of Malawians as she has always done,” Trapence said.

He said it is history to have the first woman head the institution, adding that they expect her to clear the backlog of cases. State House Press Secretary Brian Banda simply said “when the President makes the appointment you shall duly be notified.”

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