Donors pleased with steps to end corruption in Malawi

Malawi development partners say they are pleased by the comprehensive approach and dialogue that  the Joyce Banda government is taking to ensure it does not lose money through corrupt practices.

In an interview after an audience with Malawi President Dr Joyce Banda, British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin, said the donor community is pleased that the President invited them to be briefed on the progress in fighting the cash leak at Capital Hill.

“As the donor Community we are pleased to have this opportunity to hear from the highest authority in the land and the ministers of the steps and progress made by government to end the looting that has been there in government,” the British envoy said.

He said as cooperating partners they are pleased that government has developed a comprehensive action plan to end the looting and make sure culprits are brought to book.

UK diplomat Nevin with new Malawi Justice Minister Fahan Assani at a meeting with President Banda

UK diplomat Nevin with new Malawi Justice Minister Fahan Assani at a meeting with President Banda

The British diplomat also said the donor community is working tirelessly with government to ensure that the action plan works and that government receives the support in needs to investigate and prosecute those involved.

Nevin also commended the tabling of the Assets Bill Declaration in the coming Parliament as this supports the idea of holding leaders accountable.

IMF Resident Representative Geoffrey Oestreicher said it is commendable that the Malawi leader is taking an initiative to consult necessary people.

He said his organizations is happy with the steps taken by Banda government and will be there to give it their full support

President Banda thanked the donor community for the support it is giving her government.

She said government realizes the extent of the weakness in the Public Financial management and as such reiterated her government’s commitment to ending the mismanagement of the funds.

She informed the development partners that her government has introduced several measures to arrest the pilferage of government resources.

Banda cited the development of an action matrix, suspension of IFMIS, suspension and transfer of some officials believed to be involved as some of the steps taken by her government to cover the loopholes in the payment system.

President Banda assured the partners that her government will ensure that the investigations get to the bottom of the matter and enable the country a moment of turnaround in dealing with theft and corruption.

JB briefing donors

JB briefing donors

Donors at the meeting

Donors at the meeting

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