Lilongwe, 13 January,
ACB ACT SWIFTLY ON BRIBERY ALLEGATIONS
Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) is here once again to fulfill its obligation, that of addressing issues of national interest as, and when they emerge.
CDEDI has noted with regret the media reports which have indicated that the Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, SC, has lodged a complaint with the Anti-Corruption Bureau on the alleged attempts by some undisclosed persons whom he claims were trying to bribe the five judges of the Constitutional Court, in order to have the Presidential Elections case tilted in their favour. These reports are very disturbing and worrisome, since they are coming at a time when the country is waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the elections case.
CDEDI, however, wishes to applaud the judiciary for the brave steps that have been taken to report the unfortunate incident to the ACDB, a development we believe would guarantee public trust and dependability on the judicial system as it represents a symbol of true arbitration hub for the citizenry. In the same vein, we would like to appeal to Malawians both in public and private sector to emulate this good gesture that has been shown by the judiciary in playing the whistleblower role by saying a big no to corruption.
Our message to the ACB is simple and straightforward; they should swiftly conclude their investigations, expedite the prosecution process and immediately arrest all the culprits before the ruling on the presidential elections case is delivered. This is the only sure way of achieving a speedy resolution of the case so that the court ruling won’t be tainted by these disturbing allegations.
For once ACB can salvage its tainted image by dealing with this matter urgently and decisively for the sake of peace and national unity that we have enjoyed in this country.
Lastly, but not the least CDEDI is appealing to political parties and Malawians in general to remain calm as our graft busting body is working on this matter of national concern.
We join the rest of good willing Malawians in following the matter to its effective conclusion with keen interest.
CDEDI is a non partisan, nongovernmental organization that was established in a quest to attain a well-informed and organized citizenry that can ably demand their social and economic rights at the same time hold duty bearers accountable for their actions.
Among many others CDEDI aims at sensitizing the masses on matters of national importance, inculcate the spirit of a peaceful coexistence among people of different ethnic, political and religious affiliations; provide civic education on people’s rights and responsibilities in economic independence and contribution towards national development and lobbying for the electoral law reforms.
CDEDI INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR