The Forensic Data Unit (FDU) is one unit within the investigations department of the Bureau. The FDU is responsible for running the Forensic Laboratory which the Bureau established in 2016 at its Head office in Lilongwe with financial assistance from DFID, Royal Norwegian Embassy and Irish Aid.
The main function of the FDU is to collect, secure and preserve digital Data evidence seized from suspects and ensure that it is in a form admissible in the court of Law. To achieve this FDU is guided by International Electronic and Digital Data Evidence Protocols and uses its modern forensic Equipment and Software capable of retrieving and analysing data from computers, phones and other electronic devices used by suspects in conducting corrupt practices.
Apart from serving the Bureau, FDU also provides forensic assistance to other Law Enforcement Agencies (LEA) for data acquisition and analysis. Currently this assistance is free, and no payment is required. So far, FDU has been assisting Malawi Police Service (MPS), Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA).The FDU is open to all LEAs, and all requests for assistance are directed to the Director of Investigations (DI) for approval.
For any request for assistance and/or correspondence, the following ACB designated email address and contact numbers should be used:
Phone: +265 1 779 166, +265 1 779 167, +265 1 779 130, +265 888 208 963
Extension number: 210