ACB given 72 hours to arrest attempted bribery suspects

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has given the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) a 72-hour ultimatum to disclose names of individuals who attempted to bribe the judges handling the presidential elections case.

Speaking to the media after handing over the petition to the ACB Director General, Reyneck Matemba, HRDC Chairperson Timothy Mtambo said if the bureau fails to name and arrest the suspects, the coalition will push for the resignation of the bureau’s boss.

HRDC has threatened to camp at ACB offices in Lilongwe after the expiry of the 72 hours ultimatum if the graft busting body fails to expose the suspects.

Business came to a standstill for some hours on Thursday in Zomba and Mzuzu following peaceful demonstrations dubbed “Three million March”.

Speaking after delivering the petition in Zomba, HRDC member, Winnie Panje said among other issues presented in the petition include calling for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and pushing for a quick completion of Zomba Stadium.

Protesters in Lilongwe closed roads thereby blocking road users and also damaged a number of property.

In Blantyre, unidentified people burned down of a vehicle that was carrying Public Address System for the protests organizers.

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