The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is pleading for patience among the public and members of the media on calls to expedite investigations into various fraud and corruption cases.
The plea comes amid accusations that the ACB leaves some culprits scot free due to political influence.
Recently, the bureau engaged journalists from the Southern Region under the banner, Blantyre Press Club to discuss issues relating to their operations.
During the day long workshop that took place in Mulanje, the bureau’s Principal Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala, appreciated the role which the media plays in reporting matters that are to do with corruption.
“The media has an important role in as far as fighting corruption is concerned and you are a very good platform to send messages about corruption to the world thereby helping in preventing the malpractice,” she stated.
She further stressed that the bureau may be reluctant at times to give information to media on ongoing investigations for fear of jeopardizing the investigation prosses.
On his part, President of the Blantyre Press Club, Blessing Kanache, described the workshop as an eye opener to the journalists.
“We are very happy that the ACB decided to conduct this training for our membership.
“Most of those that came here have just joined the journalism profession and it was very important for us to do this training as we now know how to prevent and report corruption,” Kanache added.
This is not the first time the ACB has engaged Blantyre Press Club on a workshop of this nature having done it in 2018 as well.
Over 20 journalists from different media houses in the Southern Region have were among those that attended the training.