ACB PLEDGES PROFESSIONAL AND INDEPENDENT HANDLING OF INFAMOUS CASHGATE SCAM CASES AND HAILS THE NO POLITICAL INTERFERENCE ENVIRONMENT SET BY PRESIDENT DR. JOYCE BANDA’S ADMINSTRATION

BY MWAYI MEKEMEKE 29/01/2014
Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) says it has made substantial progress in investigating and filing prosecution of cases in the infamous cash-plunder at Capital Hill and that the bureau has done its homework independently and professionally ahead of starting prosecuting the cases tomorrow, Thursday January, 30.

According to the Bureau’s Director Justice Rezine Mzikamanda, the bureau has unearthed several evidence and that Malawians should expect more arrest.

Speaking in a press briefing at the Bureau’s headquarters at City Centre in Lilongwe, Mzikamanda hailed President Joyce Banda’s administration for showing political will in seeing to it that the cases are completed as fast possible and without political interference or hindrance.

“The Bureau is actively engaged with investigations in these matters. We have high level international experts assisting us, courtesy of DFID, for which we are grateful. We have made substantial progress and are confident about the cases we have taken to court,” he said.

While stressing the no-political interference atmosphere set by President Banda’s administration, Mzikamanda assured Malawians that the bureau will seize all properties accumulated through making false entries into the country’s Financial Management System.

He said: “We remain a professional and independent body committed in the fight against corruption, and we will work within our mandate to see to it we confiscate property accumulated in ‘cash-gate’.”

The bureau is pegged to hold an Anti-Corruption Day conference on February 5, which will mark as the commemoration of this year’s Anti-Corruption Day.

The conference will be held under a theme, ‘Break the Silence: Stop Corruption,’ at Bingu International Conference.
The bureau says it hopes the conference will generate an important national dialogue on issues of corruption and what role everyone can play to ensure that there is an effective fight against corruption.