In an effort to intensify the fight against rising corruption in Malawi, ActionAid Malawi (AAM) and the country’s graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have signed a pact that will see the youth taking an active role in the fight against corruption.
Among other things, the initiative will see AAM and ACB reach out to youth both in and out of school with awareness raising and capacity building training programs with an aim of creating a youth of integrity ‘that will make corruption the most hated vice in Malawi’
Speaking Thursday in Lilongwe at the official signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), AAM Head of Programs and Policy Peter Pangani said youth participation in the fight against corruption is important to the development of Malawi, considering that the youth comprise a greater percentage of the country’s population.
“You may recall that we had the National Anti- Corruption Conference this year organized by the Anti-Corruption Bureau and one of the key things that were asked during the conference was the absence of the youth at the conference and even the lack of participation and involvement in the fight against corruption.
“This partnership therefore answers the concern raised as well as marking as the first stet to involving the youth in the fight against corruption,” he said.
Pangani cited massive human rights violations in sectors such as health, education, employment and access to justice which victimize various groups including the youth in the country.
He said the youth role in the fight is also in line with AU agenda 2063 call upon the youth take active and leading in the development processes.
Taking her turn, ACB Director of Public Education Charity Temwachi Mphande remarked the partnership has come at the right time, saying since 1998, the country has spent a lot of energies in targeting adults in corruption fight, forgetting the youth are equally victimised by corruption.
One of the youth leaders at the function, Stanley Mazani said corruption is stealing a lot from the youth’s future hence the need for them to wake up and start championing the fight against vice.
He said the youth will also be exploring how to use the emerging technology such as new media to fight corruption.