Elections watchdog demands Malawi parliament to discuss corruption

Owen Khamula – Nyasa Times

Elections watchdog, the National Elections Systems Trust (Nest) has asked parliament to prioritise debate on corruption, saying the country is still using huge sums of money on corruption.

Unandi: Tackle corruption
Unandi: Tackle corruption

Nest executive director Unandi Banda has expressed concern over the slow pace of prosecution of corruption cases in the country, saying this is the reason corruption is on the increase in the impoverished Malawi.

“We are looking forward that the government should champion (the debate), we want the judiciary and parliament to get involved in the fight against corruption,” he said.

Nest has now turned itself into a governance body as last month, Banda announced his organization would start tracking down how councils are using public money saying there was rampant abuse and theft of tax payers money.

“We are tired with the talk and promises to end corruption in Malawi, we want action,” he said.

He said parliament should have an oversight role over government on corruption issues whilst judiciary should always speed up corruption cases and the prosecuting agencies should work to finish all pending corruption cases in the country.

Leader of opposition in parliament Lazarus Chakwera on Monday asked the government to explain why there was a delay in the prosecution of former president Bakili Muluzi and why grafting busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau deputy director Reyneck Matemba and two of his colleagues recused themselves from the high profile nine year old case.

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