Chizuma Not Confirmed as ACB Boss
After about two hours of interviewing Ombudsman Martha Chizuma for the top job at the graft busting body, Anti-Corruption Bureau Director, it has emerged that she has failed.
The 18-member committee says Chizuma is not fit for the post.
This prompted a recount of votes which in the end turned out that Chizuma could not get the required average grade to take up the top job at ACB.
Members of Parliament from the government block in the committee told us that they suspect foul play.
One of them, Peter Dimba says the whole process was not fair.
“There is no way someone can rate you 1 in all five sections. It is a clear indication that as a country we are deeply rooted in corruption. We feel that the process was not fair and credible” said Dimba.
But the Committee’s Chairperson, Joyce Chitsulo says the process was fair and that the decision made is a consensus of all members from government and opposition.
“All members from government and opposition in the committee were given an opportunity to rate Ombudsman. The outcome is a consensus by both sides and no need for finger-pointing. The best could be following the right procedures thaN pointing at each other,” said Chitsulo.
Soon after the interview, Chizuma told us if she took up the job, she would make Malawians feel uncomfortable with corruption.
“As a country, we are too comfortable in corrupt acts and my vision is to break that,” said Chizuma.
PAC is expected to write the president about the outcome of the process before the end of this week.
Chizuma, while serving as Ombudsman conducted investigations into abuses of public offices.