CCJP challenges CSOs, media and citizens to lead the fight against corruption

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) has challenged the civil society, the media and other stakeholders to assume a leading role in tracking public expenditure in an effort to increase levels of transparency and accountability on public resources.

CCJP National Coordinator Boniface Chibwana said the mismanagement of K6.2 billion Covid-19 Management Funds should act as a wake-up call for the citizenry to develop interest in tracking public resources.

Chibwana made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday when he briefed stakeholders on the project the Commission is implementing in collaboration with Hivos. The project is being funded by the European Union (EU).

Chibwana–Active CSOs, citizens and stakeholders are crucial in arresting abuse of public resources–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Titled Voices and Actions for Accountability in Malawi (VAAM), the project seeks to mobilize and increase citizen participation in public expenditure tracking.

Chibwana said a study the CCJP commissioned recently established that there has been a tremendous increase in abuse of public funds by government officials.

Apparently, CCJP in collaboration with Hivos implemented a K250 million project with funding from the European Union (EU) in November2020.

“So, this project will enhance citizen participation which includes monitoring development activities and overseeing how their officials are utilizing the funds meant for development purposes,” he said.

In his remarks, the Blantyre City Deputy Mayor Joseph Makwinja said the project marks a milestone in pushing for the realization of Malawi’s social and economic development aspirations.

Hence, Makwinja called upon citizens and government officials to work together to fight financial mismanagement, which is frustrating development at all levels of the society.

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David Jones
David Jones
11 days ago

This is a wake-up call to Malawians as a whole, though overdue. When you come to think of the money that has gone to waste and unaccounted for, you wonder as to whether there is indeed a government structure in place. Nobody is prepared to act as a watchdog over the questionable over expenditure by the next door neighbour. If a person displays opulence characteristics, the onlooker’s next move is to devise a plan as to how they too could reap from where they didn’t sow, and so the vicious cycle continues. In many instances, leading by examples pay dividends.… Read more »

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