By Staff Reporter
The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has hinted that there is a warrant of arrent for the Vice President Saulosi Klaus Chilima sending strong signals that the country’s second in command might be picked by the police any time soon.
Commenting on allegations that the Bureau has been cowed to withdraw charges against Chilima, ACB czar Martha Chizuma said the graft busting body is not yet done with Vice President and the corruption charges as well as a warrant of arrest against him has not been withdrawn as some people would want the nation to believe.
“No arrest had been withdrawn. The work that we do is quiet tasking-emotionally, physically and even resource wise. We will proceed with what we are supposed to do,” said Chizuma during a debate to mark the Africa Anti-Corruption Day in Lilongwe on Friday.
She also said there had not been political interference from President Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera to force the Bureau drop the matter as is further being suggested in some quarters.
“There has not been any political influence and even if there was, we would not be cowed into doing what is not right,” she added.
Chizuma however, condemned UTM supporters for blocking ACB investigators when the graft bursting body tried to interrogate the vice President at his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe.
“When you look at what corruption does, let us say it is done by the current Tonse Alliance government, those who suffer are not only people in opposition. Even those who support the Tonse Alliance also suffer.
“Regardless of your political party, start hating corruption for what it is. People that are indulging in corruption are the evil ones. It is them that are doing this evil not their political parties. It is my wish that we see a change of mind set by the population as a whole,” she said.
The ACB last month released a report that exposed top government including Chilima alleging that they received huge sums of money from United Kingdom based businessman Zunneth Sattar to influence award of government contracts.
The exposure resulted in President Chakwera freezing delegated roles to the Vice-President and dismissing Inspector General of Police George Kainja.