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Martha Chizuma speaks on corruption fight

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Director-General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma has said her office is not relenting on its resolve and mandate to stamp out corruption in the country.

Chizuma has said this at a time some quarters in the country have waged war against her and calling for her firing.

She said the bureau is still investigating the case involving British citizen Zuneth Sattar, who is suspected to have fraudulently obtained billions of money through dubious deals with various government Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

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“The Zuneth Sattar case is one of the many cases the bureau is investigating. The bureau continues to make progress. The outcome of the investigation will inform the next course of action for the bureau. When time is right the public will know,” Chizuma said.

In December last year, Chizuma said most of the investigations were reaching completion and assured Malawians of increased activity in the bureau including arrests from the first quarter of 2022, all factors constant.

However there have been no major arrests so far by the bureau except for the arrest of former Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Kezzie Msukwa and Sattar’s agent Ashok Nair in January 2022.

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On the prosecution of cases whose investigations have been completed Chizuma said progress depends on the courts handling the matters but said so far there is good progress on most of the cases that are currently in court.

Chizuma’s remarks are coming at a time the Irish Ambassador to Malawi Seamus O’Grady has raised concern with the levels of corruption in Malawi saying it remains the government’s challenge to eliminate the vice.

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