Chairman of the newly appointed National Integrity Committee, (NIC) Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga has appealed to Government not to forgive perpetrators of Cashgate if the country is to succeed in fighting corruption.
Kyungu, who was among the guest speakers during the Anti-Corruption Day Commemorations in Lilongwe also asked government not to shield anyone involved in the looting of the public resources.
The chief said stealing of the public resources is a serious offence and that it needed not to be condoned by the authority. He described the cashgate as a threat to the country’s economy.
“The cash gate scandal is one of the worst corruption acts the country has ever recorded for decades; the scandal has not only shocked Malawians and development partners but it has also ruined the image of the country and put the life of Malawians at stake.
“The National Integrity Committee would therefore like to ask government to mercilessly punish everyone involved in the cash gate scandal without looking at the status of the person or his political affiliation,” Kyungu explained.
The chief also called for speed in the on-going investigation processes.
Paramount Kyungu has since commended President Dr. Joyce Banda for establishing the Committee which he said would work tirelessly to compliment government’s efforts in eradicating corruption in the country.
“By appointing the National Integrity Committee, it is a sign of the confidence and commitment your Excellency have in fighting corruption in the country. We promise to be independent and non-partisan,” the Paramount chief explained, urging Malawians to join hands in the fight against corruption.
Minister of Justice, Fahad Assani, assured the nation that government would not spare anyone involved in the cash gate scandal in order to build a better Malawi.
“Corruption has been a terrible disease since independence; the problem is that people have failed to break the silence,” Assani said, adding that some public officers had acquired wealth that did not correspond to their earnings.
Assani said, “Time has come for the country to completely eradicate corruption and this will be testified by the punishments that will be given to the cash gate looters.”
The minister announced that government was ready to engage the courts to implement the life imprisonment sentence for those involved in the scandal and for those who acquired wealth beyond MK80,000.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :