Chief Justice Andre Nyirenda has reported to Ant Corruption Bureau ACB the complaints his office has receiving that some people are bribing judges of the constitutional court who are preparing a judgment on presidential elections case.
This report has come days after Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance asked the Chief Justice to investigate reports that UTM president Dr Saulos Chilima who is the first petitioner in the case met some of the judicial staff.
Commenting one of the political scientists in the country has described the attempt to bribe judges as a betrayal to delivery of justice in the presidential elections case
Zomba based political scientist, Vincent Kondowe, who is also member of Political Scientists Association in Malawi, said it is very unfortunate that there are some greedy individuals who want to buy justice on the expenses of poor Malawians.
“The incident is definitely going to compromise outcome of the high profile presidential case,” says Kondowe
He however called on ACB to swiftly act on the matter to avoid Malawians working on speculations.
Meanwhile, Joint Civil Society Platform on Good Governance has applauded the chief justice and judges presiding over the case for demonstrating that the judiciary is above corruption.
Chairperson of the platform Undule Mwakasungula and national coordinator Fryson Chodzi have implored upon ACB to investigate all complaints without fear and favour.
Mwakasungula and Chodzi have requested all citizens to maintain peace and allow courts to work with the independence they are guaranteed in the constitution,”
They have appealed to politicians, civil society, social commentators and the general public to refrain from making sarcastic remarks that have the effect of discrediting the judiciary and pronouncements.