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Malawi Parliament demands report from PAC for rejecting Chakwera’s appointee Martha Chizuma as ACB boss

Malawi Parliament: Archive

Members of Parliament on Wednesday adopted a motion directing the Parliamentary Appointments Committee (PAC) to submit a detailed report to the House on why it rejected the appointment of Martha Chizuma as Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).

Moving the motion, Leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda, who is also the Minister of Homeland Security, Banda said

 the refusal to confirm Chizuma came as a surprise and parliament need to be furnished with a report for the august House to chart the way forward.

The motion was seconded by Member of Parliament for Likoma Island Ashems Songwe.

Commenting on the issue, a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) law maker for Mangochi South West, Shadreck Namalomba dismissed suspicions that the former ruling party had a hand in the matter, asking the house to discuss the matter further when the report is submitted.

Namalomba, who is also the Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament,  has claimed that is not against  Chizuma’s appointment.

He told the House that it is Tonse Alliance law makers who rejected her appointment, indicating DPP only has a representation of five MPs in PAC  while the majority members of PAC are from the Tonse Alliance.

Martha Chizuma was appointed by President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and appeared before the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament on 11 May for confirmation.

MPs are meeting at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe for the 2021/22 budget.

Opening the meeting, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera stressed that the government development agenda for the next year is threefold to (1)to bring Permanent food security, (2) Create jobs for Youths to make then actively participate in the economic activities and( 3) Create Wealth for Malawians.

“I have titled my State of the Nation Address (SONA) as Accelerating the Change Malawians Fought for, because it is highlighting the change that has been achieved so far and the change, I want to bring in all sectors,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera also said his 2021 SONA is a report of progress that has been made on the goals set in the 2020 SONA.

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