On 17th May 1995, a new Constitution of Malawi was introduced.
This expressed the new Democratic Malawi’s commitment to public trust and good governance.
Section 13 of the Constitution committed the country to “introduce measures which will guarantee accountability, transparency, personal integrity and financial probity and which by virtue of their effectiveness and transparency will strengthen confidence in public institutions” In conformity with this commitment, on 1st December 1995, the President gave his assent to the corrupt practices act no 18 of 1995.
The Bureau is a government Department headed by a Director assisted by a Deputy Director who are both appointed by the President but whose appointment is subject to ratification by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament. Other officers of the Bureau are not subject to such ratification.
The finances of the Bureau are charged to the consolidated fund.
The Director is subject to the direction and control of the Minister (of justice) on all matters of policy, but otherwise is not subject to the direction or control in the performance of his professional duties.
The Director is required to submit an annual report to parliament through the minister.
The first Director and Deputy Director officially took up their positions on 1st March 1997.
The Bureau commenced full operations on 9th February 1998.
The Corrupt practices act has been amended and can be viewed on the Corrupt Practices Act page.