Profiles: Malawi


Last Updated: March 2015
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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) was established in 1995 under the Corrupt Practices Act 1995. The ACB is an independent government body and uses a four-pronged approach to fight corruption: investigations, prosecution, prevention and public education. The ACB depends on the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for prosecutions, and the DPP is directly nominated by the President. The ACB carries out civic education initiatives, such as workshops and campaigns in the media, leading to greater public visibility of the ACB.

Does your government have a single or primary anticorruption strategy?

YES, THE NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION STRATEGY. LAST UPDATED IN 2009.

What are the main anticorruption laws of your country?

THE CORRUPT PRACTICES ACT (CAP. 7:04) OF THE LAWS OF MALAWI.
THE ACT ENTERED INTO FORCE IN 1995, AMENDED IN 2004.

Is there one agency in charge of coordinating AC efforts across agencies?

The Anti-Corruption Bureau

Functions Research,Prevention,Investigation,Prosecution
Permanent Staff 146
Number of prosecutors(if applicable) 10
Number of investigators (if Applicable) 29

Number of cases handled annually

Budget Autonomy No
Annual Budget of the Agency US $ 7.5 Million (It is not fixed, it varies from one financial year to another)
Are employees protected by law from recrimination or other negative consequences when reporting corruption (i.e. whistle-blowing)? Yes
Does your country have freedom of information legislation? No
Does your country have conflict of interest legislation? Yes
Does your country have a financial disclosure system to help prevent conflicts of interest? Yes
Who appoints the head of your agency? The State President does the appointment, but such appointment is subject to the confirmation of the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament
Who has the authority to remove the head of the ACA? The State President has the authority, but such removal is subject to the confirmation of the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament
Is there any term limit for the head of the ACA? No
Does your agency measure performance? Yes
Number of investigations launched
Number of investigations completed
Other, please specify
Number of outreach activities delivered
Full access to Government Yes