United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has been commended by Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) for his stand to declare his assets before 2014 polls.
Muluzi said in Zomba on Sunday when he addressed a rally at Mponda Primary School grounds in the Eastern Region citythat he is ready to declare his assets even before the 2014 tripartite elections.
Cama which has been lobbying and demanding that the presidency, and all public servants to declare and make public their assets before getting into public office, hailed Muluzi for his stand.
In a statement signed by its executive director John Kapito, Cama said Atupele’s declaration strengthened the consumer body’s advocacy campaign demanding all public servants, especially the presidency to declare their assets.
“The current leadership in the People’s Party (PP) has taken advantage of the weaker laws that we have on the declaration of assets and have refused to make public their assets.
“We strongly, therefore, believe that all political parties will make declaration of assets to be a strong campaign issue,” reads the statement.
President Joyce Banda refused to declare her assets now as President because she already did that when she was vice president.
But Atupele, who resigned as Economic Planning Minister in Banda government, said when the UDF is voted into power, his government will put much emphasis on transparency and accountability, which according to him is a pre-requisite of good governance.