The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will commemorate this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day on December 9 in Mulunje district under the theme ‘Patriotism: Key to fighting Corruption’.
The Bureau used to commemorate the national anti-corruption day on February 5, but they have changed to December 9 to move and match with the World Corruption Day, according to ACB Deputy Director General Reyneck Matemba.
The commemoration activities will take place at Chisitu ground in southern district of Mulanje and President Peter Mutharika will be the guest of honour.
Addressing journalists ahead of the commemoration, the Deputy Director General said they settled for this year’s theme after considering the loss and plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.
Matemba observed that cash gate could not happenned if the involved people were patriotic.
“If you see around and look how the stolen money was used and spend, you feel sorry, more especially when you consider the economic challenges Malawians are facing.
“As such, we thought we should have discussions around this theme because we feel that if we are patriotic enough we cannot indulge ourselves in corruption or corrupt practices. The theme is very key and coming at a very crucial time because of what we went through as country in 2013 the massive plunder of public resources.
“So we want to advantage of the International Corruption Day to engage the people of Malawi to discuss this issue of patriotism which very key if we have to develop this country. We have to love country,” said Matemba.
The Bureau has since lined up a number of activities aimed at spreading the message about corruption and scheduled Anti-Corruption commemoration.
Activities to place before the December 9 include a site meeting and football match on December 6; and a 4km bicycle ride to sensitize communities and a debate on December 7.
“We really want to tell people that corruption is evil and detrimental to our country. So we want to engage the masses in the fight against corruption. The cyclists will tell the people at every stop over why corruption is evil and why need to love our country, that’s patriotism,” emphasized Matemba.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :