The new director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Judge Rezine Mzikamanda has set clearance of cases that have stagnated as one of his priorities when he gets into office.
The Parliamentary Public Appointments Committee (PAC) last Friday approved Mzikamanda as the head of the graft fighting body to fill the post that has been vacant for about five months after former ACB director Alex Nampota left.
â€œI will try to ensure that all matters that had stagnated are dealt with so that they get out of the way,â€ said Mzikamanda in an interview on Tuesday.
Mzikamanda said he believes it is important â€œto ensure that the bureau works impartially and independently.â€
â€œMy main priority is the people of Malawi, to serve them diligently and impartially,â€ he said.
At the time of the interview, Mzikamanda said he had not yet received his letter of appointment, but said: â€œI have been told. I will be in the office as soon as possible.â€
President Joyce Banda appointed Mzikamanda as ACB director after PAC members earlier rebuffed the appointment of Victor Banda as ACB assistant director.
Before his appointment as ACB head, Mzikamanda was serving as a judge in the countryâ€™s Supreme Court of Appeal. Banda appointed him Supreme Court judge in June this year after serving as High Court judge for several years.