The National Anti-Corruption Alliance- NACA says the Anti-Corruption Bureau- ACB needs to be appropriated with enough funding in the coming fiscal year to ensure its efficiency.
NACA said this in reaction to President Peter Mutharika`s State of the Nation Address (SONA) which disclosed that in the last fiscal year, ACB investigated a total of 127 cases of which 86 cases were completed.
Speaking to YONECO FM, the Alliance’s Chairperson Moses Mkandawire said much the figures are impressive, the ACB could have done much better if it had more resources.
“ACB as an institution I think it is playing a critical role, but the unfortunate part is that ACB hasn’t had much funding because if there is more funding it could have been easier for the Bureau to investigate more cases,” said Mkandawire.
He has stressed the need for more allocation of funding to the Bureau saying fighting corruption requires resources.
“There are times when the ACB Director and few of ACB seniors are using personal resources in order to carry out investigation around issues of corruption, particularly corruption involving senior officials in government and other institutions, so that’s the biggest challenge ACB has had,” said Mkandawire.
In the year under review, the ACB successfully investigated and prosecuted a number of corruption cases including money laundering, fraud and other related offenses
According to President Mutharika, a total of 41 cases were prosecuted in various courts and out of which 8 cases were completed and 6 cases resulted into convictions.