The ACB director general Reyneck Matemba

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—Malawian Professor of Law, Danwood Chirwa, who is based in South Africa at the University of Cape Town has asked the Tonse Alliance government to consider replacing the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director Reyneck Matemba.

According to Chirwa, Matemba’s recent statements on the cases of Bakili Muluzi and Thom Mpinganjira have done more damage to the graft busting body.

“If the Tonse government is serious about corruption, it must give priority to replacing the incumbent ACB Director before he does more damage to the institution. Of late he has been uttering things that don’t make sense.

“About Muluzi his predecessors decided long ago that the case was prosecutable. Now he’s damaging the case by making questionable statements. About the attempt to bribe judges, he promised that he would prosecute Mpinganjira as soon as judgement was delivered in the elections case.

“To date he hasn’t done this. On the contrary, he has allowed Mpinganjira to make false statements without revoking his bail. Let somebody else with the requisite experience be appointed to combat corruption with the commitment and energy the problem requires,” wrote Chirwa on his facebook page.

Matemba, in one of the interviews with the local media, suggested that former President Bakili Muluzi’s K1.7 billion case needed a political solution, a statement that forced some quarters to conclude that the ACB boss was unwilling to proceed with the case.

Danwood Mzikenge Chirwa holds a PhD from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM from the University of Pretoria, and an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malawi. Currently, he holds a full professorship at the University of Cape Town.

Over the last 14 years, Chirwa has taught Administrative Law, International Human Rights, Children’s Rights, and Constitutional Law.

He was a fierce critic of the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and he has of late become an enemy of the current Tonse Alliance government due to his no-holds-barred articles.

He recently accused Chakwera of breaching the law in appointing some government officials at the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) and Malawi Police Services (MPS).

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