Chizuma announces decision not to renew her contract at ACB

By Chisomo Phiri

The Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) Director General (DG) Martha Chizuma, says she will not renew her contract when it expires this coming Friday.

Chizuma has led the bureau since her appointment in 2021 and has been credited with several successes in the fight against corruption, including the establishment of the Anti-Corruption Source Book for primary schools and the enactment of the Whistleblower Protection Act.

However, her tenure has also been marked by challenges and controversy.


In 2022, she became the first ACB Director General to be arrested and detained.

Although she was later discharged, the incident highlighted the challenges she faced in tackling corruption in Malawi.

Despite these challenges, Chizuma has remained committed to the fight against corruption and her decision not to renew her contract has been seen as a surprise by many.

The government  claimed that the bureau is adequately funded, but Chizuma has disputed this, saying that the reality on the ground is different.

“The bureau faced a four-month funding gap in the 2023/2024 financial year, resulting in significant debts and other challenges,” says Chizuma.

Chizuma holds a Masters of Laws in International Economic Law from the University of East London and Bachelor of Laws with Honors (LLB) from University of Malawi(UNIMA).

Her departure from the ACB marks the end of an era in Malawi’s fight against corruption.