By Staff Writer:
Just a day after some members of Public Accounts Committee (PAC) wrote Speaker of the National Assembly Catherine Gotani Hara notifying her of their decision to impeach Chairperson Shadric Namalomba, the accused said he is ready to fight for his position.
Namalomba is accused of bringing PAC into disrepute when he authored a press statement in his capacity as Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Spokesperson warning the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to stay away from former President Peter Mutharika.
In an interview with MIJ Radio, Namalomba who said is yet to be served with a letter containing offenses he has committed, was told by PAC members to resign but he refused.
He said he is hearing of the notice of his impeachment from the social media.
Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) also demanded for the resignation of Namalomba saying the statement he authored was reckless and not fitting the office that he holds.
“As PAC chairperson, Hon. Namalomba ought to be cognizant of the fact that ACB, as an independent body, is legally mandated to carry out unhindered investigations on anyone in the country, regardless of their status or influence.
“What we find most disturbing and disappointing is that PAC, which Hon Namalomba chairs, holds an oversight role of public institutions such as the graft bursting body. Hence we find the contents of the unfortunate statement not only in bad faith but also in conflict of interest with the position he holds at parliament,” Said HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence.
In July, ACB quizzed Mutharika on allegations that his Taxpayer Identification Number (TPIN) was used for importation of bags of cement without duty being paid.
The interview lasted only 10 minutes as Mutharika chose to exercise his right to remain silent.
Early this month, ACB Director Martha Chizuma said the graft busting body is looking into other legal avenues to make Mutharika talk on the issue.