Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has asked Public Accounts Committee (Pac) Chairperson Shadreck Namalomba to resign from his position.
This follows a statement by the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that was signed by Namalomba which was calling on the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to stop what the party called abusing former president Peter Mutharika.
However, Namalomba, who now speaks for DPP, has vowed that there is no way he can resign from his position as Pac chairperson.
In a statement signed by HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence, the organisation says it is shocked by DPP’s statement dated October 2.
HRDC says it finds the statement as both reckless and not befitting the office that Namalomba holds as Pac chairperson.
“First and foremost, as Pac chairperson, Namalomba ought to be cognisant with the fact that the ACB, as an independent body, is legally mandated to carry out unhindered investigations on anyone in the country, regardless of their status or influence.
“What we find most disturbing and disappointing is that Pac, which Namalomba chairs, hold an oversight role over public institutions such as the graft bursting body.
“Hence, we find the contents of the unfortunate statement not only in bad faith but also in conflict of interest with the position he holds at Parliament,” Trapence said.
However, Namalomba has instead challenged HRDC to be thinking of how to address scenarios regarding whether someone who has a position in a political party should also hold public positions.
“My resignation will not save anything. As it stands, many people in Parliament have party positions and are at the same time holding public positions. We are talking of the Speaker even the Leader of Opposition. After all, the letter was not mine but from the party,” he said.