Malawi’s anti-graft chief suspended due to audio leaks
Martha Chizuma, the director of Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), has been placed on administrative leave as a result of a leaked audio clip in which she is purportedly heard discussing business with a person who does not work for her agency.
Her claimed remarks may have affected the outcome of those accused of corruption.
When the audio was leaked a year ago, President Lazarus Chakwera said that it was done so in an effort to get him to fire her.
With the president’s support, Ms. Chizuma continued in her position and proceeded to indict a number of prominent figures, including Vice-President Saulos Chilima and a cabinet minister, on various corruption-related offenses. They’ve refuted any misconduct.
Colen Zamba, the secretary to cabinet, confirmed her suspension on Wednesday, although some legal professionals have questioned the procedure followed.
The office of President Chakwera is silent on the suspension.