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Pac tables Martha Chizuma rejection report

Joyce Chitsulo

BUSINESS DONE—Chizuma after being interviewed

Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament Tuesday presented a report to the main house on how the committee transacted its business on May 11 2021, when Martha Chizuma was earlier rejected as Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director-General (DG).

Chizuma was later, on May 17, confirmed as DG after committee members rescinded their decision through a notice of motion which Dowa North East lawmaker Sam Kawale moved.

Pac Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo said, initially, the committee used evaluative voting and each member provided his or her rating according to skills, qualifications and other matters in tandem with provisions of the Corrupt Practices Act.

“On this day I decided, with no objection from the committee, that we should use the interview-rating form to score voting.

The committee’s practice guide provides that, where a voting rate form is used, the candidate shall be confirmed upon scoring an average of 17 above average 25,” she said.

Chitsulo said, upon adding all the scores and average, Chizuma scored 14.9, hence the rejection.

“Each member had his or her reason for scoring the appointee the way they did. The summary of the scores is attached to the report for the information of the House,” he said.

The House last Wednesday adopted a motion presented by Leader of the House Richard Chimwendo Banda, asking for a thorough report on what transpired at the committee level following dissatisfaction with how the committee transacted its business during the confirmation process.

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