By Wezzie Gausi
The Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament has failed to fire Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General Martha Chizuma within seven days as demanded by a group calling itself Malawian Concerned Citizens.
The grouping has since said it will start holding vigils at Parliament Building from today following the expiry of the seven-day ultimatum.
Last week, members of the group held demonstrations in Lilongwe and delivered to Parliament a petition in which they demanded that Pac members fire Chizuma within seven days over a leaked audio recording.
Pac Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo said the committee never met over the petition delivered by the concerned citizens.
She said they would be having a normal meeting from May 23, at which they may consider discussing the Chizuma issue.
“Committee members have never met to discuss Chizuma issues. However, we may consider their petition and table the issue when we start meeting next week.
“As things stand, I cannot comment on the issue of vigils but I wish that these people could wait before conducting the vigils,” Chitsulo said.
Malawian Concerned Citizens Chairperson Redson Munlo told The Daily Times that they would proceed with the vigils, having heard nothing from Pac.
“We will be holding the vigils until the government or Public Appointments Committee fires Chizuma.
“We delivered our petition with a simple request that Pac had to fire Martha Chizuma within seven days. We have heard nothing from the committee, which is a clear indication that we have to go ahead and conduct our vigils at Parliament [Building],” Munlo said.
In a leaked conversation with an unidentified person, a person suspected to be Chizuma made a number of claims, including that there were many people, including lawyers and judges, who were working towards frustrating her efforts at the graft-busting body.