ACB asked to fast-track bribery probe

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) should act swiftly on complaints that some people were attempting to bribe judges who are working on the elections case, a political expert said on Monday.

Ernest Thindwa, Chancellor College’s political science lecturer made the appeal following news that Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda has filed a written complaint to ACB on the matter.

The five-member Constitutional Court judge panel, composed of High Court judges Healey Potani, Ivy Kamanga, Dingiswayo Madise, Redson Kapindu and Mike Tembo is expected to deliver a verdict on the elections case next month.

Thindwa said since the names and details of the culprits were submitted to the ACB, then there is need for the bureau to act on the matter with haste to avoid complications that may affect the verdict.

He said: “ACB must deal with this matter with urgency and in a transparent manner because they have already been provided with the names of the suspects.”

The commentator further warned that if the matter is not addressed within two weeks’ time then it will raise more suspicion among the people and this may affect the way people will receive the court verdict.

He therefore urged all Malawians to maintain confidence in the country’s judicial system saying if the country loses trust in the system then the whole governance system also collapses.

Meanwhile the ACB director general, Reyneck Matemba has confirmed to the media that the graft-busting body has received the complaint and investigations are underway.

UTM president Saulos Chilima and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera are contesting the May 21 presidential elections results which were in favour of incumbent President Peter Mutharika of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), the winner.

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