• December 5, 2022 12:34 am

Parliament nods to Chakwera’s wish of establishing the Corruption and Crime Court

Aug 2, 2022

Malawi is a step away from having a special court that will deal with Corruption and Economic Crime cases. This follows the passing in Parliament today of an Courts Act Amendment Bill which seeks to establish the much-awaited Financial Crimes Court.
The Amendment Bill is a follow through of one of President Lazarus Chakwera’s commitment enshrined in the Super HI-5 which is ending corruption in the country.
Once President Chakwera assents to this law it will be the first time that Malawi will have the court of this kind which will see that corruption cases are expedited. The Corruption and Economic Crime Court will help to expedite cases which takes too long to conclude because the courts are overwhelmed with a backlog of other cases.
The passing of this bill comes barely a week after Parliament enacted a legislation which removed clause in the constitution that stipulates that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has to seek consent from the Directorate of Public of Public Prosecution (DPP) before they can prosecute any case.
The enactment of these two bills also speaks well of another of President Chakwera’s commitment of rule of law. Since he came to power President Chakwera has shown more commitments to the fight against corruption than any other administration in the past.

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