President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has appealed to all the citizens in the country join in the fight against corruption in order to make the country a better place for economic development growth.
The Malawi leader made the call during the commemoration of the International Anti-Corruption Day Friday in Kasungu District saying it is encouraging that Malawians have fully embraced the campaign against the vice.
President Chakwera said the people’s commitment to report any shady dealings by those in power only shows that Malawians are fed up with the malpractice which has caused them untold suffering.
Chakwera said what the citizenry are doing enables the Anti Corruption Bureau and Fiscal Police to investigate and hold people accountable.
“When you report corruption, you shake the very foundations of Malawi’s corruption empire, because it is an empire that thrives and grows in the dark and secret corners of Malawi.
“When you report corruption, you stop shady deals from going through and you protect Malawi’s resources from being stolen and the money you save can then be used to put medicines in your hospital, to build roads and bridges, to buy books for your children in school, to provide electricity for your home, to bring clean water to your village, and to subsidize fertilizer for your farm,” said Chakwera.
He added that the fight against corruption is also connected to humanity and has since called upon the citizenry to never give up in ending the vice.
“I want all Malawians to learn this new Umunthu Anthem, as a reminder that fighting corruption is fighting for food for orphans and widows, medicine for the sick, and education for young people. Fighting corruption does not just save money.
“It saves live. So no matter how hard it gets, no matter how much it costs, and no matter how long it takes, this is a fight we will and must never give up,” he said
International Anti-Corruption Day is a United Nations sanctioned day, and is set aside to raise public awareness against corruption.
The theme for this year’s commemoration in Malawi is ‘Fight Corruption; Protect Malawi’s Future.’
The commemoration also coincides with the end of a 20 – week Anti-Corruption campaign that was deliberately purposed to reset the nation’s moral tone through intensified awareness by all stakeholders about the ills of corruption.
The campaign commenced at the national Anti-Corruption Conference, which was held in Blantyre earlier in July this year.
During the International Anti-Corruption Day commemoration, the ACB director Martha Chizuma warned all the corrupt politicians in power that she will go for each one of them and promised the country that she will bring such corrupt indivuduals regardless of social status will be brought to book to face the long arm of the law.