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OPC probes memo leakages

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Chikosa Silungwe

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) is investigating how memos from the office of the Attorney General (AG) are leaking to the public, Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda said Monday.

Banda was responding to a question on the leakages, during the routine briefings held from Sanjika Palace in Blantyre Monday with journalists joining virtually.

He said President Chakwera is concerned with how the memos are going public and that he considers this to be corruption.

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“This far we do not have the person who is behind the leakages but we are investigating them. President Chakwera will decisively deal with the issue the same way he is dealing with the other forms of corruption,” Banda said.

AG Chikosa Silungwe welcomed the investigation, saying no leakage ever originated from the Ministry of Justice, let alone his office.

He said his office writes opinions almost every day and that it is only memos to certain offices which leak.

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“The first leaked opinion had a stamp of OPC on it to say we received it. We do not have the OPC stamp here so the one who leaked must be connected to OPC.

“The other leaked opinion had paraphernalia of the Malawi Electoral Commission [Mec]. We do not have that here so the one who leaked it should be connected to [Mec],” Silungwe charged.

He further argued that core staff members at his office are lawyers who, on top of working for the Ministry of Justice, are also members of the Malawi Law Society.

“We have a code of conduct which we follow and there is no way we can be leaking such opinions. I issued a statement on February 12, 2021 in which I made a point that it is not professional and I said that we would not tolerate such idiocy,” Silungwe said.

Some memos that have found their way into the public are the AG’s opinion on the status of two Mec commissioners Linda Kunje and Jean Mathanga, the composition of the commission and civil servants’ interdiction without pay.

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