There may not be any significant victory on the scorecard of Martha Chizuma as the Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) but President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s remarkable commitment in the fight against the vice has not escaped the eye of the international community.
And the imminent commencement of trial of corrution related cases at the newly establishment Economic and Financial Crime division in the High Court is another milestone by President Chakwera that will see to it that corruption cases are concluded in time.
Talking about this long-awaited court, the appointment of Justice Redson Kapindu as the Judge-In-Charge of the division last week by the Chief Justice Rezine Mzikamanda is an indication that all is set for the rollout of the adjudication of the related cases at the court.
The rollout of the court could not have come at a better time than now when Chizuma has not won any case during her time at the Bureau. All this while, Chizuma blamed her failure to make any meaningful in-roads in prosecuting cases to the backlog of other cases in our courts as the reasons corruption cases are taking longer than expected to be concluded.
Now that the court is set out, what other excuse will Chizuma bring forward? For President Chakwera, his commitment to the fight against corruption cannot be questioned.
Speaking on Times Television Hot Current Program the other day, one of the Social Media Commentator Humphreys Mvula said there has never been any President in the country who has publicly denounced corruption and supported the ACB the way President Chakwera is doing.
While some Malawians pay a blind eye to President Chakwera’s strides towards fighting graft, donors have noticed great improvement in the fight than was the case in the previous administrations.
Speaking at a function called Democracy Delivers in New York on the sideline of the UN General Assembly, the Administrator of United States Agency for International Development (USAid) Samantha Power commended President Chakwera’s efforts in the fight against corruption.
Power indicated that Malawi is one of the best performers in the area of accountability particularly corruption.
“He has embraced the agenda of fighting corruption while focusing on developing Malawi’s agriculture, mining and tourism sector.
“Due to recent advances, Malawi will soon sign an MCC compact that offers a significant new resources. MCC calls Malawi one of the the best perfomers on its political and economic scorecard and i spoke with President Lazarus Chakwera about how USAid can support further gains,” said Power.
Now that everything is in place including edequate funding, staff capacity and the establiahment of this special court to expediate cases and now that she will not require consent from the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), the ball is in Chizuma’s hands.
Malawians will expect her to perform or get a sack.