UDF backs Chakwera corruption fight
One of Malawi’s opposition parties United Democratic Front (UDF) says it is in full support of President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera’s commitment in fighting corruption.
In a statement jointly signed by UDF President Lilian Patel and Secretary General Kandi Padambo the party says it supports all the executive decisions that Chakwera has made following Anti Corruption Buerau’s findings on public officers who allegedly received bribes from businessman Zuneth Satar.
“We reiterate (our) support for any efforts towards the eradication of the cancer of corruption from our body politics and society at large.
“We have publicly supported the appointment of Martha Chizuma as Director of the Ant-Corruption Bureau on the basis of her demonstrated courage and commitment to good governance. This remains our position,” reads part of the statement.
The party further says that they agree with President Chakwera that ACB should release comprehensive reports of any wrong doing in accordance with the law.
“The bureau in it’s independent judgement should release reports to the public which are comprehensive and contain particulars of the alleged wrongdoing to avoid actions being taken against innocent Malawians and infringing the principal enshrined under article 42.2 of our constitution that any national citizen has the right to be presumed and treated as innocent unless and until they are convicted according to law in the course of a fair trial,” adds the statement.
On Tuesday, Chakwera fired Inspector General of Police George Kainja and suspended Chief of staff for state residences and chairperson for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority PPDA to pave way for further investigations in their alleged involvement in corruption cases connected to British national Zuneth Sattar.
The president also withheld the office of the vice president from delegated duties.
ACB’s report revealed to that among the 84 individuals who allegedly received money from Zuneth Sattar in 2021, 13 have been extensively investigated to the point of concluding that “they conducted themselves corruptly in dealing with the businessman”.
Four of the 13 hold offices over which the president has constitutional powers and has since decided to take strict measures to protect public trust.