We congratulate both Martha Chizuma on her appointment as Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, and the Government of Malawi for filling this leadership role at a key accountability institution. This is a historic achievement for Malawi in appointing its first ever female Director General of the ACB. We are committed to continued engagement with the ACB, as well as other law enforcement agencies, in their efforts to address economic crimes and high level corruption.
We commend the Government of Malawi’s commitment to increase resourcing to law enforcement agencies in recent budgets. Malawi’s first ever non-conviction based asset forfeiture has broken new ground in fighting economic crimes. The Government’s new ‘Law Enforcement Agency Coordination Strategy’ is a reassuring framework for prioritising asset recovery and prosecuting financial crimes. We support the development of a public beneficial ownership register, which will constitute a major next step in holding criminals to account.
We encourage the timely appointment of dynamic candidates for Director General of the Financial Intelligence Authority, Auditor General and now the Ombudsman.
We look forward to continued partnership with the Government and people of Malawi to tackle serious and organised corruption.