ACB does it again dropped a ball again can’t quit careless clanderstone of leaking sensitive information of the bureau, latest being the deliberate publicizing a confidential memo from the attorney general office which was advising on payment to suppliers who after delivering a government tender.
ACB written attorney general seeking legal advice on the tender that was delivered, attorney general office which was advising on payment to tender and referred ACB to public procurement disposal of assets Act(2017) as basis to have the company paid for the goods and services it had already delivered
As always been the case ACB leaked the document to social media handlers and other online news sites, ACB dirty conduct, ACB might have forgotten the stamp already placed on the document on 28th February 2022, It is the stamp proves that ACB is the one that made the document find way to the public.
Legal fraternity expressed shock the behavior of current ACB displaying absolute disregards to the requirements of the bureau, This is not the first time ACB violate the laws of leaking sensitive information to the public
Month ago ACB Director Martha Chizuma directly revealed official information to an unauthorized person in a leaked audio conversation
Law scholar from the University of Malawi (Unima) said the crime which Chizuma has committed is non-negotiable hence need for President Chakwera to fire her upon recommendation from Parliament.
The law is clear that she has betrayed her oath she took that she will not reveal secrets of the office. She has spoken to unauthorized people on the phone concerning the operations of the office. That is illegal and she has to go,” said the Scholar who opted for anonymity
Section 54 (4) of the Corrupt Practices (Oath of Secrecy) Regulations clearly states that any ACB official who reveals official document to unauthorized person is subjected to pay a fine of 50,000 and serve a five-year jail term.
Any officer or consultant in the service of the Bureau! Who
Except as a witness in any count or in pursuance of his duties directly or indirectly reveals to any unauthorized person or otherwise the contents of any document, communication or information whatsoever which has come to his knowledge in the course of his duties as such officer or consultant
(b) Makes use for his own purposes, any knowledge acquired, from such document, communication or information, shall be guilty of an offence and liable upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding K50,000 and to a term-of imprisonment of five years.”