President Peter Mutharika’s recent foreign sojourn has forced the graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) to reschedule the International Anti Corruption Day commemorations which were scheduled for Wednesday in Mulanje to next week.
The President was expected to preside over the event as a guest of honour.
The postponement has forced the ACB and other government departments to lose money in preparation for the event as State House notified stakeholders on the changes on last minute.
ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba confirmed the postponement, saying it was due to Mutharika’s “tight schedule.”
Matemba played down the loss incurred as a result of the postponement, saying it was “insignificant”.
The deputy director at ACB said the Office of President and Cabinet has rescheduled the function to December 17 in Mulanje.
Meanwhile, Consumers Association of Malawi executive director John Kapito has noted that Malawi’s fight against corruption is not yielding any result because the Presidents are also involved in the crimes.
Kapito said it was disheartening that some presidents in Malawi have been implicated in corruption yet they preach different corruption sermons in podiums.
The consumer rights activist said unless the presidents stop dipping their fingers into the public purse for their own personal benefits, the war against corruption is but just political rhetoric.
Public Affairs Committee chairman Felix Chingota has since proposed that the leadership of the ACB should not be appointed by the head of state claiming such appointments makes the graft busting body politically non independent as the President can determine which cases the ACB should pursue or not.