Chizuma stifling corruption fight 

In a very long time there has never been a public officer as careless, unsophisticated and unprofessional as one Martha Chizuma.

Her one-year stint at the helm of the Anti-Corruption Bureau has been riddled with kindergarten successive blunders that have resultantly tainted the image of a once competent graft-busting body.

All Chizuma has is the social media hype pampered by a few social media influencers, some writing from European capitals.
The sad thing is that Martha wouldn’t hide forever.

Everyone was keen to see if she is really made of iron based on the image she built around herself at the Office of Ombudsman.

Yes, the many pronouncements she made as Ombudsman brought some sort of excitement.

However, the fight against corruption needed someone with adequate clout as an administrative and legal powerhouse to get things done.

There must have been a good reason for the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament to reject her at her first try only to be saved by intervention of the President.

When power got to her head Martha thought she could singlehandedly fight corruption and take all the shine to herself.

That urge of being the lone star has made her fight or disrespect other state agencies like the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Attorney General, Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) and the Fiscal Police.
She has been pulling in the opposite direction from these other institutions even when it is outright obvious that she is in the wrong. The results for this self-centeredness have been catastrophic.

In over a year all she has to show are wanton arrests and threats of arrests to everyone she so wishes.
It has simply become a boring exercise to watch.

The script seems generic.
Invite someone for interrogation, arrest them, take them to court and they are granted bail. Once that happens the cases run dry with no sign of reemerging.

For the few cases that have seen their day in court, they are at the earliest stages and she is failing to find a logical way around them.

The National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) case exposed the bureau’s lack of readiness when its main witness Hellen Buluma flip flopped in court over her gadgets that were sanctioned by the Court for forensic examination.

On another usually bad day in court in the Ashok Nair case, the bureau was reprimanded by the magistrate for flouting some legal provisions.

And just recently another court also faulted ACB for the arrest of Joseph Mwanamvekha without a consent from the Director of Public Prosecution.

These glaring blunders by the ACB director continue to send a very bad message on the fight against corruption in the country.

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