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Saulos Chilima speaks on graft fight

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Vice President Saulos Chilima has warned Malawians not to interfere in governance institutions’ work.

He cited the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) as one of the institutions that must be left alone.

Chilima was speaking in an interview with the Atlantic Council in the United States, where he attended the Economic and Social Council forum for financing development.

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According to Chilima, if there is suspicion of corrupt dealings, responsible institutions have to be allowed to investigate the issues without interference.

He said President Lazarus Chakwera and him were committed to fighting corruption Chilima said this was the reason the President wanted governance institutions to be doing their job so that, when investigations are concluded, prosecution could commence “in the event that there is credible evidence that warrants prosecution”.

The Vice President said prosecutors will have to do their job, take cases to courts so that the Judiciary could also do its job.

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“If they [convicts] must end up in jail, let them end up in jail,” Chilima said.

He added that, should there be no credible evidence to warrant prosecution, suspects must be cleared of the allegations.

“Nothing has changed. We will continue the fight [against corruption] but there must be no interference, whether it is pro or against. Let the institutions do their job independent of any form of interference,” Chilima said.

On April 25, while speaking to the press at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, Chakwera said ACB Director General Martha Chizuma must be allowed to discharge her mandate of fighting corruption.

Chakwera also urged institutions involved in fighting corruption to support the ACB instead of working against it.

Chakwera was asked to comment on the poor working relationship between Director of Public Prosecutions Steven Kayuni, Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda and the ACB chief.

Recently, Chakwera fired two Cabinet ministers who are answering corruption-related charges.

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