JOYCE CHITSULO
DPP MPs walk out of PAC deliberations on Martha Chizuma’s confirmation as ACB boss

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)–Opposition and former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Members of Parliament have this afternoon walked out of the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) meeting which was held at Parliament.

The committee members were expected to reconsider last week’s decision to reject the confirmation of Martha Chizuma as Director General for the Anti-Corruption Bureau( ACB).

However, DPP MPs and the Tonse Alliance legislators disagreed on some modalities with the former accusing the later of flouting the law that guides the committee’s operations.

According to MP for Mulanje Bale, Victor Musowa, who is also DPP member, their decision to walk out of the meeting was reached after noticing that the committee was flouting the law with an aim of satisfying personal interests.

Musowa who has told the media that the committee has already adopted its report, said the committee was now looking into the motion by Dowa West parliamentarian Sam Kawale who wants the committee to rescind its decision to reject Martha Chizuma for the ACB top post.

Musowa says the DPP members are not in agreement with the issue that the motion should be adopted at the time Parliament directed the committee to present a report in the house tomorrow.

According to Musowa, the house is supreme than the committee therefore DPP is of the view that they present the report in the house first before rescinding the decision.

Martha Chizuma is President Lazarus Chakwera’s choice for the top post at ACB but PAC, which is legally mandated to confirm such appointments, rejected her following a decimal performance during the interview last week.

Some members scored Chizuma 1 out 25 while the other members scored her 25 out 25, scores that startled Malawians.

However, majority of Malawians is of the view that Chizuma is the suitable candidate for the job arguing she has a proven and substantial record of excellence.

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