Chizuma's Rejection: Women's Manifesto invokes access to info law

Martha Chizuma

The Women Legal Rights and Resource Center (Worlec) and the  Women's Manifesto Movement  have said the rejection of Martha Chizuma as Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director has brought great deal of disappointment and surprise to the many women.

Ombudsman Martha Chizum was appointed by President Lazarus Chakwera as the head of the ACB subject to confirmation by Parliament's Public Appointments Committee (PAC).

PAC chairperson Joyce Chitsulo said Chizuma scored 14.5 out of 25 points instead of 17 points minimum required for the Job.

In an interview with Worlec executive director Maggie Kathewera Banda said Chizuma is a victim of patriarchy.

Maggie Kathewera Banda

“I am very disappointed that the potential and competent woman that we know has been rejected by PAC. We are in support for organizations which are asking the president to reappoint Chizuma as the head of ACB.

“PAC needs to have a sense of duty to the nation and ensure that competent people like Martha are confirmed for such positions,” she said.

Commenting on Chizuma's dressing, Kathewera Banda described it as descent and presentable.

“Mostly, business meeting people black or dark blue clothing.  A far as I am concerned she was presentable, she is a victim of patriarchy which wants women to box women into certain way of dressing and the like,” she added.

 Meanwhile, the Women's Manifesto Movement has issued a statement requesting Speaker of the National Assembly to release the documents that were used during the interviews so that the movement and public can obtain information on what transpired.

"Institute an audit on the whole process that was carried out with immediate effect in orderto establish the merits and demerits of the same,” reads the statement.

PAC is expected to submit a report on Monday justifying why Chizuma was not appointed as the Head of ACB.