Let law take its course on Patricia Kaliati
The news that the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) did not prosecute former Cabinet minister Patricia Kaliati despite receiving consent from Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last year is unfortunate.
We are saying this because ACB has, on a number of occasions, given people the impression that the DPP was not giving the bureau the go-ahead to act on certain crucial cases.
In fact, the whole saga, in which the Mulanje West legislator is being accused of arm-twisting Ministry of Education officials to admit 76 pupils into various secondary schools to gain votes, should serve as a warning to politicians to tread carefully when they are entrusted with positions.
This should also serve as a lesson to those in power, that they should always be mindful of the fact that times change and that they would one day be required to account for their actions.
Besides, it is strange to note that the ACB decided to sit on the case although the bureau’s own investigations revealed that there were anomalies worth prosecuting in the way the pupils were admitted into the schools.
This is regrettable considering that the bureau’s core duty is to prosecute all people suspected to have indulged in corruption, regardless of whether they are in government or in opposition.
We, therefore, strongly urge the ACB to act fast and ensure that Kaliati and all those implicated in this issue have their day in court for the nation to know whether they are guilty or not.
Otherwise, any further delays would only serve to erode the trust Malawians might have in the bureau.