FND calls for professionalism in State agencies

Jan 12, 2022

Vincent Gunde – Malawi Exclusive

The Forum for National Development [FND] has requested for the State agencies including the Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB], the Attorney General [AG], Fiscal Police, the Financial Intelligence Agency [FIA], and the Director of Public of Public Prosecution [DPP] to start showing professionalism and lawfulness in dealing with matters to demonstrate level of seriousness with perceived corruption.

The FND says it has been engaging both the office of the Attorney General and ACB on how the Government has been handling the matter related to investigation on allegations that Mr. Zunneth Sattar has been offering and bribing politically exposed persons in Malawi to obtain procurement contracts.

The organization has questioned the State officers that they are working in either isolation or together, the AG is on record that he was not aware of the British National Crime Agency [NCA] coming to Malawi saying the foreign agency was dealing directly with the ACB.

In a statement signed by its Chairperson, Bright Kampaundi, the FND says in a statement dated 9th January, 2022 the AG has come out as an appropriate authority to engage with the British Government saying the statement coming on the background of FND letter dated 4th January, 2022 where it demanded the cooperation agreement that the ACB used in engaging the NCA.

The FND says it don’t understand how the ACB side sites the authority of the Attorney General to engage directly with the British NCA, and how legal were the actions of the ACB and British NCA including searching private property, participating in interviewing suspects when NCA had no legal jurisdiction in Malawi.

The organization says the ACB already issued a stop and freezing order of dealing with Sattar’s companies to all Government agencies then come the AG issuing a similar pronouncement, the ACB seems not to be aware of the amnesty being extended by the AG which is another cause of concern on the relationship between the two offices.

“There is a matter of state offices and relationship with social media influencers having noted in ACB continued leakage of information to some social media influencers” reads part of the statement.

The FND says most actions that the ACB is doing or yet to be carried out, are first pre-emptied by social media influencers, questioning who is doing this at the ACB, is the Director General surrounded by moles, isn’t this breaking the Oath of secrecy?

The organization has questioned the two offices that is this professional to be operating inside information about the ACB from social media saying there are social media influencers who speak with authority about this matter, yet ACB or any state agency have never summoned them to substantiate their claims and aid the investigation.

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