In widely anticipated result of President Lazarus Chakweras deadline, the 14 day deadline imposed by the President on the arrest of Anti Corruption Bureau Director Martha Chizuma, has been missed.
The President ordered the Commission of Inquiry instituted after him and senior government Ministers feigned ignorance over the political suicide bomb denoted by Malawi Police Service and Director of Public Prosecutions that they had 14 days to do the work.
The order came on 10th December when he swore retired Justice of Appeal Edward Twea, former Ombudsman Enoch Chibwana, Monsignor Patrick Thawale, for Police Chief Lot Dzonzi, Senior Chief Tengani, Lawyers Maureen Kachingwe and John Gift Mwakhwawa, Former Secretary for Tourism Elsie Tembo, Kassam Mdala Amuli and Lingalireni Mihowa, former aide to President Joyce Banda.
The 14 days expired on Christmas eve and there is no update on progress made and as to when Malawians should expect a report.
The President has in the past established committees, reports and task force teams and in the end only make pronouncements on reports which he does not make public.
Others reports he has hidden from the public is the Covid 19 report he instituted in 2021, the Task Force on Allowances in public service headed by Vice President Soulosi Chilima, the ACB report on Zuneth Sattar which he called substandard but used it to suspend his deputy, among others.
Chizumas arrest sparked national wide outrage as it was seen as an attempt to stop the ACB from arresting officials connected to the Malawi Congress Party and the President mentioned in the report.
The ACB report has over 7 MCP officials who directly benefitted from Sattar and a seperate investigation is being undertaken over two vehicles – a Range Rover and a Mercedes-Benz E class the party’s Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka is allegedly to have recieved from Sattar.