Corruption worries Catholic Church in Malawi

The twin-evil of bribery and corruption in Malawi continue to ravage every fabric of the society that is worrying, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), an arm of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), has said.

Malawi Catholic bishop with His Holiness the Pope during their recent 'ad limina' visit in Vatican

Malawi Catholic bishop with His Holiness the Pope during their recent ‘ad limina’ visit in Vatican

Outlining the Commission’s concerns regarding current events in the country in a statement, CCJP national secretary Chris Chisoni said one of the issues they deliberated and reflected upon with prayer at their  December 2, 201 meeting at Msamba Pastoral Centre in Lilongwe  was the saddening reports of misuse of funds by public officers and national leaders.

“We in CCJP sadly note that corruption has slowly but surely, though painfully become the DNA of our society at all levels and all manners of society,” Chisoni said in the statement.

“Corruption has become endemic with a very critical negative impact on public life as there is no confidence from the public in public, private and non state officials and their systems.

“Many cries are heard from public utility institutions like immigration, road traffic, ESCOM, Water Boards and public hospitals among many other institutions, that no space is enough to list them here,” reads the statement.

CCJP noted that the impact of corruption as evidenced in cashgate scandal “are more devastating on the economy and livelihood of the people especially the poor. “

The commission is asking all Malawians to resist,  stop corruption and they must also report corruption.

“We further ask government to put multifaceted strategies for the anti corruption drive. Having Anti Corruption Bureau  is not enough, we need school curriculum on corruption, we need additional anti corruption drives that must permeate all sectors of our society,” said Chisoni

Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe said Cashgate exerted “significant challenges” to the economy particularly on inflation and the exchange rate.

The country was  named most graft-ridden nation according to Global Corruption Barometer released by Transparency International (TI) on December 3 2014.

Malawi – currently rocked with the biggest corruption scandal in the country’s history with K20 billion was looted from public coffers by top government officials in a period of 6 months in 2013 and about K92 billion from 2005 dubbed cashgate – has fallen down on the ladder by 5 places on the index to record a score of 33 in the 2014 Corruption Perceptions index, from a score of 37 in 2013.

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20 thoughts on “Corruption worries Catholic Church in Malawi”

  1. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    CCJP MUST LEARN TO CALL A SPADE ,”SPADE”.MTHALIKHA IS NOT ONLY A CORRUPT LEADER-12 MILION TO PRESSMEN.SECONDLY THE MONEY WAS NOT HIS.THESE TWO ACTS MAKE APM A ROGUE LEADER.MAY GOD RESTORE OU COUNTRY.CORUPTION IN MALAWI IS BRED BY ROGUE LEADERS LIKE APM.

  2. Yamikan Tchinga says:

    Kod A Ccjpwo Of Dey Promote Justice,bt Akufuna Awone Nd Kuchosa Zisoso Za Mmaso Mwa Amnzawo Pomwe Mmaso Mwawo Multmtanda?Dey Shud 2 Look Out.

  3. Yamikan Tchinga says:

    Yes Indeed Ds Z So Sad Manipulatng Peaples Sweats,i Don’t Hope If These Can B Overcomed By An Individual On Dis Planet Earth,bt Dere Z A Hope Coming Very Soon Towards Us,that Hope Shall Get Rid All Affrction Without Excrudng Dos Unsecured Cash.Jesus Is De Answer.

  4. Alfred Munyo'okhote says:

    Iwe Number 15 ndiwe kape kagwere uko. Akatolika ndi amene asintha zinthu zambiri mu dziko muno.

  5. Aubrey Gondwe says:

    ….And very sadly the Catholic Church of Malawi and the CCJP are not qualified to point the accusing finger!

  6. zebe says:

    Do you know why corruption has become so much deep rooted in our society? The corrupt is the police who were supposed to arrest it. The traffic police officers on top of it. And it spreads to other areas in the public sector like wild fire. Corruption is largely due to the lack of patriotism and the lack of trust in our government. Mostly we engage in corruption because we believe that even if I am honest and the money involved gets to government account it will still be misused. If our resources were used in a transparent and in a development conscious manner I trust most of us would resist corruption

  7. SIBONDA says:

    corruption starts from the top and trickles down. CCJP should tackle the top brass first without fear but the problem is they are shy and coward

  8. CB says:

    ccjp is the only watchdog with teeth at present,,

  9. Mr Chasowa Fredrick says:

    It is high time the Pope appoints a Cardinal from amongst these Bishops We deserve a Cardinal

  10. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    PLS GIVE US PASTORAL LETTER.MALAWI NEEDS A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION LETS GET RID OF THESE GREEDY PEOPLE.ONCE VOTED INTO LEADERSHIP THEY MAKE THEMSELVES SMALL gods AND DO NOT WANT TO LISTEN .APMs TEAM KNOW THEIR RULE IS BUT FOR A SHORTWHILE ONLY.HENCE THEY WANT TO FILL THEIR POCKETS WITH LOOT B4 THEY FALL .TRUTH IS APM HAS NO VISION AND BRIBES JONOLS WITH STOLLEN 12 MILLION TO COMFIRM HE IS INSECURE.APMs FRIEND BAKILIMULUZI MUST STAND TRIAL.MALAWI HAS BEEN LED BY THIEVES.WE WANT COMPLETE REVOLUTION

    1. dadaboma says:

      RC can’t issue a pastoral letter against APM. They helped install this maverick/kleptomaniac as Malawi’s president. They cannot criticize their own handiwork.

  11. James Pondani says:

    Poor Malawi!!! Not only has corruption reared its head but has its teeth sank deeply in the poor Malawi Nation – with the whole president apm corrupting the journalists with k50 pins each in broad daylight, adding to the never ending list of corrupt jackals the police, immigration, road traffic department, chiefs,principal secretaries, etc. GOD have mercy on Malawi. Turn the minds of all concerned corruption jackals and change them like you changed Saul to PAUL. LORD HAVE MERCY

  12. Chuma chobisika says:

    Akatolika pastoral letter ndiyofunika kwambiri chifukwa aboma akuzengereza dala milandu ya cashgate chifukwa iwowo ali momwemo. Inu mukatulutsa kalatayo chilungamo chioneka apanikizeni anthu woipa amenewa ofuna kupha mtundu wa amalawi

  13. dadaboma says:

    Two things:
    1.I don’t see the connection between the photo/picture and the story.
    2. Corruption is a product of the people you elect as leaders. This church was in forefront castigating JB and praising APM. So what are you complaining about? Corruption is a symptom of a diseased leadership. Did you not know that DPP=corruption? All the socio-economic indicators in Malawi are pointing to a State that has failed, all this due to incapable leadership that came to power with the help of this church, especially through its CCJP. So stop making noise and enjoy your APM quietly. You have more things that you could worry about, but don’t make noise because all of it is your own making.

  14. Alufeyo says:

    Many of the corrupt officers are also members of your church. Pse as a church try harder to impress upon your people not to be corrupt. The govt can only employ malawians who unfortunately are public servants who are christians and moslems in the main.

  15. ADD MRA, TRANSPORT, LOCAL GVT, STATE HOUSES, EDUCATION, TOURISM SECTORS, CHIEFS, HOSPITALS,MILITARY WINGS, PRISON, POLICE, COURTS,LABOUR, LANDS, ETC. ARE ALSO MOST CORRUPTED BODIES.

  16. Aluta says:

    Munthu wanu munapitsayo. I hope mwaphunzirapo mphunziro a Catholic. We are really in a mess and there is no hope for this country now

  17. Mwipwa says:

    Corruption in Malawi is spearheaded by leaders hence it is difficult to either reduce or prevent it

  18. Patriot says:

    Tisayiwalenso NAC misappropriation of Funds.
    Kodi akatolikanu, CHIKALATA MULEMBA liti?

  19. chatonda says:

    When is the Pastoral letter coming out so that the authorities can understand that we are all together in this disappointment of misuse of public funds by the executive and the cash gate wizards and witches.

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