The Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC) has called on Malawians to be committed to national duties, exercise restraint and be just in all their dealings for the betterment of the country.
HRCC said this in reaction to revelations that over 70 Agricultural Extension workers have been suspended over fraud and theft related charges.
HRCC has since hailed the Public Sector Reforms Commission, claiming that “their good job” has contributed to these revelations.
“HRCC finds it too hard to believe that after Cashgate, we still have Malawians engaging themselves in corrupt and theft practices creating a lack of growth and development in the nation.
“HRCC believes these people deserve the harshest punishments and long jail terms to get rid of this practice in our country- we call on Government to undertake similar exercises in all Ministries and Parastatals to ascertain the real state of our state organs as a means of ensuring that only deserving Malawians are engaged to run our resources towards meaningful growth,” HRCC Chairperson, Robert Mkwezalamba said in a statement, co-signed by his deputy, Joyce Phekani.
Mkwezalamba and his deputy (Phekani) further commended government for coming out strongly in fighting this malpractice as evidenced in the suspension of the suspected civil servants.
The statement also calls for adequate resource allocations for these cases so that the culprits are dealt forthwith.
“This is disheartening considering the fact that barely three months have gone since a similar incident was uncovered in the Ministry of Health involving unpatriotic Malawians who are bent on seeing our nation ceding to highest levels of poverty yet an enabling environment is available for all of us to do better.
“We echo President Mutharika calls for patriotism, dedication to duty and Honesty to continue if we are to regain our lost glory as a Nation,” further reads the statement issuedon Friday.
HRCC said the fight against corruption requires concerted efforts as government alone cannot combat the abuse of public resources.
The statement also calls for publication of suspects’ names “for the nation to be careful in dealing with them as they are a risk to our national growth.
“We demand for a speedy trial of the suspects and that stiffer punishments be netted once either suspects are found guilty of the offences as uncovered,” says the statement.
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