The Assets Director Christopher Tukula has called on public officers to declare their assets in accordance with the law, saying December 31, 2014 is the deadline.
Tukula stressed that the Assets Directorate would not compromise in maintaining a high standard of public morality in the conduct of government business. He warned against failure to declare assets by public officers.
He said all public offices holders have been given up to December 31, to declare their assets to the Directorate of Assets Declaration, saying he directorate finally has office space from where all its formal operations are expected to be conducted.
“The Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations is located within the Episcopal Conference of Malawi Catholic Secretariat Office Complex, Area 11, Off Chimutu Road, City Centre, Lilongwe. It is at this Office where all the completed declaration forms shall be deposited with the Director, until the Director advises otherwise,” said Tukula.
“Every Listed Public Officer is further advised that upon submission of the Initial Declaration Form, he or she shall retain a copy of certified and signed declaration for his or her records,” he added.
He said the Initial Declaration Form can also be obtained through all Controlling Officers in the Public Service, Parliament Offices, District Council Offices, City Council Offices, Town Council Offices or the Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations.
Tukula said they have given public officers the 90 days grace period to declare assets “to thoroughly establish the present value of their property as any misrepresentation is likely to land them into trouble. It is a document of about 20 something pages and a person needs to be careful when filling it to avoid any mistakes.”
The Assets Director called on all public officers to ensure compliance.
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development, Goodall Gondwe, announced that government had set aside K150 million for the office to start its operations.
Justice Link Director Justin Dzonzi proposed that the office should adopt a phased approach to ensure that the officers occupying offices where corruption is so rampant declare their assets as early as possible.
“In the narrower sense, it is easy to say the officers need to declare their assets now. But in the broader sense, we need to look at the details. The devil is not in the period, it is in the details. If we look at the period, that may not help us understand the details in the declaration process.
“I would propose they do in phases by categorising the public officers and then those offices where corruption happens most should be targeted first and thereafter graduate to other small offices,” Dzonzi said.
However, Tukula said the extension will enable public officers to have enough time to assess their assets and present clear information about their property.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :