Malawi church against cash hand-outs: ‘It fuels looting of public resources’

The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM), an umbrella body for evangelical churches in Malawi, has requested President Joyce Banda’s administration to ensure that adequate funding is provided to agencies carrying out investigations into the Capital Hill cash gate scandal.

The body fears that the current financial scandal will obstruct government’s focus and attention in addressing the most urgent national needs.

“Government should ensure that adequate funding is provided to agencies as such Anti-Corruption Bureau, Financial Intelligence Unit, Fiscal Police and Auditor General’s Office and the Judiciary for the prosecution of these cases.

“All organizations that are involved in good governance including Parliament should ensure that adequate resources are provided to these agencies at all times,” reads part of EAM’s statement, con-signed by Chairperson Reverend Fletcher Kaiya and Reverend General Secretary Francis Mkandawire.

Kaiya: Faults cash handouts

It also says any delay in sorting out these issues would have serious consequences on the vulnerable groups and the whole populace in the country.

“We have in mind here the drug shortage in most of our hospitals across the country, agricultural inputs for this year’s growing season and the replenishment of our strategic grain reserves especially now as we move into the lean months till the next harvest.”

EAM is also against cash hand-outs by political leaders claiming besides promoting dependence syndrome; they exert undue pressure on politicians.

The temptation to abuse government resources is fueled by such practice and the spirit of hard to earn a living fades away among the people, according to EAM.

“Now is the time to unlearn the practice and introduce better ways of earning a living through production. Hand-outs breed conflicts even among the so called beneficiaries.

“With the shadow of “cash-gate scandal” around us such practice would easily raise serious questions about the legitimacy of such resources,” reads further statement.

The body has since called on Malawians to pray for expeditious resolution to this financial crisis and unwavering political will to address this problem and establish sustainable financial management systems which would guarantee prudent and transparent management of public resources.

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