ACB Pace on Mombera University Salary Saga Worries Economist
Economic Professor Betchani Tchereni says Malawians will no longer be afraid to engage in corruption if the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) continue to take time to conclude notable cases.
Professor Tchereni observes that for instance, ACB has taken two years to make headways on a case involving some individuals who were allegedly receiving salaries and supplying items at the non-existent Mombera University.
Professor Tchereni says with the tendency of arresting suspects without conclusion, people will engage in corrupt acts and normalise delay tactics at the courts.
"If it takes 20 years before a case is concluded, then people might as well be go in corrupt practices knowing that they are going to be in and out of court for those years. It does not matter they will still be alive and enjoy their money.
"So this will make a fight against corruption to have problems," he said.
However, speaking to Zodiak Online on Friday, ACB Public Relations Manager Egrita Ndala, says their action on the issue dependent on the audit report by the National Audit Office (NAO) on the matter.
Ndala says initially, "there was no official complaint on the matter, but the Bureau took interest after it appeared on social media and referred it to the National Audit Office (NAO) to audit it before further investigations".
Meanwhile, NAO spokesperson Rabson Kagwam'minga, says they will soon commence the investigative audit into the matter following the ACB letter dated June 09, 2022.
Kagwam'minga also revealed that the letter included mismanagement of K2. 4 billion meant for the construction of the university and One billion Kwacha for Mzuzu University library refurbishment.
"The AG agreed with the ACB's letter to follow up on the issues raised. Therefore, he undertakes to commence an investigative audit in the soonest time possible to establish what really happened," he said.
It is alleged that some people were drawing salaries after being employed as lecturers at the non-existent university in the 2019/2020 fiscal year.
Construction of Mombera University in Mzimba which was a brain-child of former President late Bingu wa Mutharika, stalled some years ago after his death.