• December 5, 2022 1:21 am

Financial and Crime Court Bill comes to Parliament during July sitting

Jul 5, 2022

Like the biblical scripture found in Psalm 139:7-8 where David said where can I go from your spirit? Where can I free from your presence? If I go to heavens, you sure there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there; there is no hiding place for corrupt people in the new Malawi under President Lazurus McCarthy Chakwera who is fighting graft from all fronts.

As announced by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Titus Mvalo a few months ago, government intends to introduce the Crime and Financial Crime Court to expedite the disposal of corruption and other related crimes. The ministry says the Bill to establish the said court has been finalized ready for presentation in Parliament.

In an interview with the Nation newspaper, Mvalo expressed worries that cases of corruption and financial crime have been on the rise and there is need to speed up the establishment of this court to fast tract trials.

“We have a proposed amendment to the Court Act to create the new court. This court will be part of the High Court, just like the commercial or revenue divisions. However, this will have judges specifically assigned to deal only with matters of crimes of this nature that include corruption,” said Mvalo
Mvalo disclosed that the bill will be taken to the Cabinet for approval within two weeks and it will be ready for tabling in the forth-coming parliamentary sitting scheduled for this month.

“If Cabinet approves, it will be published in a gazette and presented to the National Assembly when Parliament starts sitting,” said Mvalo.

Mvalo said this idea has been necessitated by the delays in concluding financial crime cases due to the backlog of cases in the courts as they have to attend to other cases. Malawi has seen some of the high profile corruption cases taking ages to conclude because of the problems of understaffing in the courts.

July 1 would be regarded as a defining moment in the fight against corruption when President Chakwera wielded his powers invested in him to withhold delegated powers to the Vice President for being implicated in the Zunnet Sattar’s corruption case.

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