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US, UK hail Martha Chizuma appointment

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Governments of the United States (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) have hailed the confirmation of Martha Chizuma as Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General (DG).

“Ms Chizuma is the first-ever female DG of ACB. She is an alumna of the US Government’s International Visitor Leadership Programme ‘Transparency in Federal, State and Local Government’,” the US statement reads.

On its part, the UK government says it expects strong leadership in the fight against corruption.

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“We look forward to the continued strong leadership of the fight against corruption. With thanks to Reyneck Matemba [immediate past ACB director], whose legacy is [that of] a robust and effective institution,” it says in a statement.

In an earlier interview, Chizuma said her immediate task at the graft-busting body would include institutional restructuring, review of cases and making Malawi feel uncomfortable with corruption.

The Public Appointments Committee of Parliament confirmed Chizuma as ACB DG on Monday after rejecting her last week.

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She said she has three years to prove to Malawians that she can deliver in the fight against corruption and, as such, she does not have time to waste but get to work immediately.

She said she would prioritise cases that could bring back money to the government.

“I shall look at the caseload [and] my focus will be [on] cases that have evidence and from where we can recover Malawian public funds. That is something that I am very passionate about— getting back the money through investigations and prosecution of these cases.

“I don’t know the caseload now but I need to sit down and look at the cases and see how we can have a proper strategy and tackle cases that are there,” Chizuma said.

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