UN cites Malawi corruption as  hindrance to human rights

The Malawi’s UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo says corruption is perhaps the greatest obstacle to the realization of human rights and development in Malawi.

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo -Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

UN Resident Coordinator Mia Seppo -Photo Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Speaking during the commemoration of International Human Rights day on Wednesday, in the capital Lilongwe, Seppo said corruption acts as a brake on development, denying millions of people around the world the prosperity, rights, services and employment which they desperately need – and deserve.

“Corruption stifles economic growth, undermines the rule of law, and squanders talent and precious resources. Where corruption is rife, companies are reluctant to invest as the cost of doing business is significantly higher. When jobs are given not on merit but through nepotism, opportunities are denied,” she said.

She however said the UN welcomes the Malawi government’s commitment to passing and implementing the Access to Information Bill saying this will strengthen transparency and facilitate the fight against corruption.

“Second, the Government’s commitment to establish an independent contract negotiating unit in extractive resources to ensure that contracts are properly negotiated to maximise benefits for the country and to subscribe to the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative is welcome. Last but by no means least, the commitment to public sector reform and public finance management reform is critical.”

Seppo also said gender inequality, social norms and discrimination against women are amongst the root causes of violence against women and girls in Malawi.

“Implementing and enforcing the ground breaking Gender Equality Act which entered into force this year and the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act is an opportunity to change attitudes and stereotypes that perpetuate discriminatory practices against women”.

The Human Rights Day is the day on which the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that remains as relevant today.

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16 thoughts on “UN cites Malawi corruption as  hindrance to human rights”

  1. Him and his government are thieves what do you expect? those donors knows the truth.

  2. ng'eng'a says:

    Nanuso ma donors musapezelepo mwai otizuza coz ndife osauka. Tayambani kuthandiza malawi pliz

  3. Zanga Phee! says:

    This is very pathetic imagine the first Lady involved in NAC get it means we still have a long way to go.No one to trust in this context.We thought APM being a US Lecture could handle this land locked Malawi but Yo! my poor Malawi.

  4. vavlov says:

    Dependence on donors wont help Malawi develop, and this is a fact. Malawi has enormous tourism development potential, but got a useless minister whose full preoccupation is to defend his master. How can a country expect to develop based on donations, which are also being looted?

  5. chatonda says:

    I only hope Peter Muntharika is listening to the advice by Seppo Mia.

  6. Phwilephwile says:

    Police intervies were conducted in september last yr 2013the results which have been in faver of those who did not even attend interv are just out now novemb 2014. What do you expect from this policeman? Where do we start from to end corptio?

  7. M'Malawi weniweni says:

    You are right mama. These idiots are after fattening their bellies.

  8. Patriot says:

    92+24=116 million cashgate + now NAC-gate.
    CORRUPTION KILLS OUR ECONOMY please tiganizireni ife ana anu.

  9. Dick says:

    Mia Seppo, my dear!! I love you your candid summary!!! corruption stifle economic growth, undermines rule of law, squanders talent and precious resources!! Malawians , let us speak with one voice to eradicate corruption

  10. That’s true. The Cashgaters deserve tough penalties. Unfortunately the US is busy protecting them. What a shame !!!

  11. padoko says:

    Donors always have silent “clauses” and demands taking advantage of our poverty. They bite where it pains the most inorder to play against our cultural and moral conscious.

  12. moto mwikho says:

    The UN is a very corrupt institution, it has no moral authority to provide leadership or point fingures. Where does it stand on the corruption index?

  13. dzina langa says:

    I SEE SENIOR CHIEF CHIWALO IN THE BACKGROUND, WAS HE PART OF THE MEETING?

  14. Ghost of Kamuzu says:

    Please donors be transparent with us Malawians. Malawians know that you donors are not withholding aid just for the sake of it. There are things that you expect Peter Mutharika to do. Well tell us what your demands are. For in a democracy we the public can then pressure our government. But if you donors keep silent on the demands and only make these behind close doors in the ears of Peter Mutharika then the impression is created amongst Malawians that the donors are being unreasonable. It is quite clear to many that the issue is the demand by donors for Peter Mutharika to return the hundred of millions of US dollars that his brother Bingu wa Looter,looted from Malawi.

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