Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu has said government will engage the U.S. Embassy Statement on issues surrounding the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma.
Kunkuyu made the remarks on Wednesday after the Embassy decried government’s continued fighting and intimidation against Chizuma.
In a press statement released on Wednesday, the Embassy said it is deeply concerned over a series of actions against Chizuma which “has severely damaged the credibility of the Malawi government’s fight against corruption”.
In response, Kunkuyu said government, out of respect for international laws, including the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, will engage the US Embassy and Ambassador through diplomatic channels to address the concerns raised.
“This will be done in the spirit of mutual respect, without compromising the duty of Government to protect the sovereignty of Malawi and the independence of domestic public institutions and their officials from foreign interference, as well as in the quest for continued cooperation in the development of Malawi and its people.
“Meanwhile, Government reiterates its full commitment to the fight against corruption by continuing the implementation of its strategy of strengthening governance institutions that each have a critical role in that fight, including law enforcement agencies, public prosecutors, and the Courts.
“In that context, Government maintains its resolve to continue its unwavering support of the Anti-Corruption Bureau as an institution by making it more functionally independent and more resourced than it has ever been, with the expectation that this will result in the successful and speedy completion of all the cases the Bureau is handling,” he said