In an effort to curb corruption cases in Malawi, the Anti-Corruption bureau (ACB) is engaging youth in football and netball sporting activities aimed at disseminating messages on the evils of corruption in the country.
Speaking during match finals at Kamwendo Model Primary School ground on Sunday, Public Education Officer for ACB in the department of civic education, Jonathan Chisale said ACB has used sports to inculcate good values, ethics and culture to the youths so that they grow into responsible citizens who will not engage in corrupt practices when they take up various leadership positions.
He further said when people do not have good culture, ethics and integrity at a younger age, even if they grew up they do not also follow rules and regulations and they end up promoting corruption.
“We focus on every sector of the society and all groups of people including youths. According to our communication strategy, we are making deliberate efforts to target the youth because they have been sidelined for a long time. As ACB, we believe that most corrupt practices happen in Malawi because people do not have a good culture, ethics and integrity,” he said.
Chisale said ACB will go across the country with youth sports activities as a way of mobilizing the youths, saying sports speak to the youth in a language they understand.
In his remarks, District Sports Officer (DSO) for Mchinji Martin Panyanja applauded ACB for the initiative, saying it is for the first time such an event has taken place in the district and that despite disseminating messages on the evils of corruption to youths; the bonanza has also helped to sharpen sporting skills among the youths in the district.
At the end of the bonanza, in the football match, Njoya Stars were the winners by and were seconded by China Stars. They went away with K80 thousand and K65 thousand respectively. In netball it was Yontanga Sisters who were crowned as winners after beating their competitors and they went away with K50 thousand while the second and third placed got K30 and K20 thousand respectively.
ACB titled the bonanza as Anti-Corruption Youth Sports Bonanza aimed to instill in the youth a culture of integrity and following laws and rules.