Atupele pledges more resources to ACB, Parliament

United Democratic Front (UDF) presidential hopeful Atupele Muluzi has said his government will establish an independent, effective and highly specialized, prosecution driven anti-corruption unit to ensure that corrupt persons in both the public and private sector are caught and held accountable.

He also claimed to strengthen mandates and increase the budgets for Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Auditor General, Accountant General’s Office and the National Assembly.

Muluzi, son to former President Bakili Muluzi who ruled Malawi from 1994 to 2004, said the infamous cash gate scandal demonstrates the massive consequences of what happens leadership fails to deliver and advance the interests of the people.

Atupele: To increase budget allocation to institutions that will promote accountability
Atupele: To increase budget allocation to institutions that will promote accountability

He then assured Malawians that the UDF government will ensure that public money is used transparently and for its intended purpose.

“We will ensure that all stole monies through cash gate are returned to our state confers and institute a transparent mechanism for re-allocating and accounting for these resources to key priority areas including health, education, social protection, youth and women empowerment,” he said at a news conference in Blantyre on Monday.

The UDF torchbearer, who called for the news conference to outline what his government would do should Malawians vote his party into power next Tuesday, hinted that he would appoint a lean credible and professional cabinet that will live within its means and comprise of honest and accountable leaders who will renders themselves open to public scrutiny within UDF’s first 100 days in power.

He also claimed he would roll out a self-imposed austerity programme which will include minimizing overseas and internal travel by the President, Vice President, Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials.

“Our pledge should not be mistaken for mere words as is the usual practice with most pronouncements; but rather, this is a social, political and economic contract that we, the UDF are vowing with all Malawians. We must and should he held accountable to delivering on this contract,” said Muluzi.

He said he was serious about delivering change for Malawi, tackling cash gate, not just by being seen to be dealing with a few manifestations of the problem.

“A credible administration must focus on tackling the underlying root causes of this problem. I and my team pledge to do just that once elected into office,” he added.

Atupele said within the same first 100 days, his government would set out a robust budget that clearly outlines hard choices within competing priorities and efforts to grow and stabilise Malawi through priority sector.

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