LILONGWE (MalawiTalk)- Human Rights Defenders Coalition ( HRDC ) has warned Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that it will mobilise Malawians to the streets for widespread demonstrations if they continue to delay in investigating and prosecution of reported corruption cases including that of Indian businessperson Chandra Shekhar More.
In a letter to ACB dated February 3 2021, HRDC executive chairperson Mr Gift Trapence and national chairperson Mr Luke Tembo says since July 2020 the coalition has through its whistle-blowing initiative been reporting to the graft-busting body suspected corruption cases.
However, HRDC said it noted that cases have stalled and is concerned with “the slowness of investigating and prosecution of these cases.”
The coalition wondered whether some suspects are being “shielded” by the government machinery..
Reads the letter in part: “HRDC is receiving concerns from Malawians regarding the delay in ‘draining the swamp’ they fell the way forward is transparency in how ACB speeds up in investigating and concluding in prosecuting the cases.”
HRDC has asked ACB to investigate bribery attempts on its executive member Mr Billy Mayaya and Minister of Homeland Security Mr Richard Chimwendo Banda by Indian businessperson Mr Chandra Shekhar More.
“Equally important is the progress of the case of Sheikhar More for his alleged attempt to corrupt an HRDC official,” reads the letter.
HRDC has requested ACB to collaborate with Financial Intelligence Authority and also engage with India law enforcement agents to “check monetary transaction records of Shekar in India if he had the alleged amount of money in relationship to the investments he claims to have in Malawi prior to his arrival in Malawi.”
The coalition urges the bureau to speed up prosecution of some corruption related cases, including the More bribery attempts.
“If there is continued delays in draining the swamp and investigating cases of Shekhar More and others, HRDC will have no option but to mobilise Malawians for demonstrations against ACB,” reads the letter.
ACB spokesperson Mrs Egrita Ndala has since said the investigation of More has delayed due to Covid-19 but assured that the complaint is being processed.