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Gender advocates laud Chizuma’s appointment

Gender activists have welcomed the appointment of Martha Chizuma as Anti-Corruption Bureau-ACB Director, with expectations that she will deal with the corruption that is hindering most women from attaining top positions.

President Lazarus Chakwera appointed Chizuma to head the ACB, subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee-PAC of Parliament.

Chizuma who is currently the Ombudsperson has been a darling to most people following her strong stand against social injustices and corruption.

If approved by parliament, Chizuma will be the first woman in the country to head the ACB.

Commenting on the appointment, Chairperson of the NGO Gender Coordination Network Barbara Banda, is optimistic that PAC will approve her based on merit, as she has what it takes to be confirmed.

‘I want to congratulate Martha, she has a good track record and when we look at her, we have been lobbying for gender equality in terms of public appointments, currently there are so many women that are being abused in work places, women that are failing to do business because of corrupt practices in our systems, we need someone at ACB who can really tackle corruption without fear or favour so that this country gets back on track,” Banda said.

The Parliamentary Committee on Public Appointments Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo insist that it will settle for an individual that will be able to handle the pressure at the ACB.

“As PAC we will look through the appointment and go through the confirmation process on whether she qualifies, according to the ACB Act as well as if she has the right qualifications,” Chitsulo siad.

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Chitsulo went on to say that the committee plans to have the confirmation hearing on May 11th.

“We are looking for somebody with the right credentials, experienced and also who will be able to handle the pressure. By the way, this is not the first time that Chizuma will be appearing before our committee, as for her to attain the position she is holding, she went through the same process and we were ready to renew her contract as an Ombudsman,” Chitsulo disclosed.

When approached for comment on her appointment, Chizuma indicated that it would be presumptuous to comment now before being confirmed by Parliament.

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