Chikumbu says corruption is derailing Malawi development

Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje has noted that  Malawi progress has been stifled by the rising tide of corruption in both the public and private sector.

Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje speaking at the function.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje speaking at the function.Pic-Francis Mphweya-MANA

She noted during the International Anti Corruption Day held in Mulanje on Thursday that corruption amounts to nothing more than greed and that it deprives communities of much needed services.

“We need to love our country. Corruption brings shame on our country,” said. Chief Chikumbu

She said corruption need to be tackled decisively.

“Corruption is derailing Malawi’s progress. We need to do something to end it now. What we need is to end corruption, not just minimising it,” she said.

UNDP resident representative to Malawi, Mia Seppo in her speech re-affirmed her organisation’s “commitment” to supporting Malawi in fighting corruption.

“Corruption affects the poor, excludes them from public services,” she said.

Seppo said all delivery of services must be corruption free in Malawi.

“Fighting corruption gives investors confidence to come to Malawi. Corruption must be stopped,” said the UNDP head.

She said Anti Corruption Bureau, the Director of Public Prosecution, Judiciary, have “ a huge task” in corruption fight.

Seppo said all players in the society must be involved in the fight against corruption and that basic school curricular should cover good governance and corruption.

The graft busting body director Lucas Kondowe noted that corruption remains “serious challenge” in Malawi, and obstacle to economic development.

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7 thoughts on “Chikumbu says corruption is derailing Malawi development”

  1. how long shall our leaders sing this very song?live the talk or stop talking.coz u tell what they want to hear but u dont practice it.end corruption or zip it usamatisokosa kuthetsa katangale..mpaka liti.sometimes mutamamuvelako micheal ussi yo amanena zowoona ameneyo

  2. George Kamanga says:

    amayi inu a chikumbu ndinu Galu modzi wachiwewe. mukudya dzoola ndi Agalu amu DPP NDE pano kumayima poyera kufuna kuwoneka woyera mtima. nthawi ndi yanu amayi mudye dzoolazo koma tsoka ilo zikusegulani mmimba mawa. anthu anu akugona ndi njala chifukwa cha kupusa kwanu mafumu adyera inu.

  3. Dr Haswel P. Bandawe says:

    Corruption will be ended by the following steps:
    1. A vigilant civil society which staged demonstrations, holds meetings/rallies pointing out corruption cases;
    2. Declaration of assets by all politicians from the President down;
    3. Passage of a robust Free Access to Information Act;
    4. Amend the Constitution to include recall of any politician including the President;
    5. MPs, Ministers and the President must St least twice a year hold business discussions with citizens (not political rallies that promote the party) to answer questions about Government’s activities. Any citizen should feel free at such meetings to ask any question ( without being intimidated) which must be answered by a minister or President or MP;
    6. Before it is prepared, Government must obtain inputs from the public about budget allocations of expenditure and sources of revenue.

  4. You go to Malawi housing today – corruption is being institutionalised while the management is looking on who do you think will end this corruption. ACB continues to say you should report corruption but are they serious zomwe zikuchitika ku MHC, City Councils and Lands Department sakuziona????/
    serviced land at both MHC and Lands department is given to the employees, and the selected estate agents, top politicians or businessmen and few lucky ones. most of these people get plots as many as they want as long as they tip the bosses in excess of K1million, sign dubious names thats it. The majority of Malawians cannot access land directly from these institutions. Mostly these guys will not pay anything for the purchase of the plot, they use the agents agents to advertise the plots on their behalf. The plot which is sold at K3million at mhc, these guys will be selling at K7million. Few Malawians can afford this amount as a result the foreigners and Indians are mostly buying these plots. Mind you MHC plot charges are subsidised – they do not charge full recovery costs – impying that MHC employees and crew are making profits over our heads. Why ????????? at the same time we cannot access the serviced land. As a result both low and mediun income groups are finding their shelter needs in the informal settlements or squatter on customary land in the peri -urban areas where basic services range from inadequate to none. This is one of the reasons MHC is not expanding, since its establishment in 1964 todate has only constructed just about 12000 units. Why this policy of giving land to employees as staff benefit is in place, does the management understand that these employees are paid to save the nation in proper lands distribution systems and not to save themselves by acquiring as many plots as they can?????? If we are serious about this ant-corruption song, we should see action at MHC, City Councils and Lands Department among others. IF ACB would consult these agents they have all this information at hand. Our Hope rests with you ACB.

  5. kambindingu "hard & low" says:

    The chief was surrounded by thieves who stole 577 billion and yet she had no gutts to tell in the face but vomiting sheet of loving our country . Malawians are waiting for answers and not trash you are talking. Useless pigs !!!!

  6. ngongoliwa says:

    How d u end corruption wen u have stopped muluzi case panjira, u think malawians r fools??

  7. Truck says:

    THE PROBLEM THE GOVERNMENT IS JUST COMPLAINING NOT TAKING ACTION SO HOW CAN CORRUPTION END. THE GOVERNMENT MUST PUT TOUGH MEASURES LIKE CONFISCATING CASHGATE PROPERTIES AND SELL THEM AND PUT MONEY IN GOVERNMENT TO BUY MEDICINE FOR HOSPITALS AND PAYING WORKERS.NOW THE GOVERNMENT ARE FAILING TO DO THAT AND THEY GO OVERSEAS TO ASK AID WHO WILL GIVE AID WHILE CASHGATE IS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AND YOU ARE FAILING TO CONFISCATE IT THATS REALLY A JOKE

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