Malawi Economic Network for Economic Justice (MEJN), a local economic watchdog, has said it is never too late to fight; saying giving up on the fight is more dangerous for the country.
MEJN said although it is clear that the country’s endeavour to root out corruption in not inspiring, throwing in the towel will be disaster for the nation.
“It is obvious that the fight against corruption in the country is not inspiring and people have all the reasons to lose hope in the battle,” said MEJN executive director Dalitso Kubalasa.
He was speaking at the Council for Non Governmental Organisation in Malawi (Congoma) police papers dissemination conference on Wednesday evening.
Kubalasa said many Malawians are “giving up on the fight” against corruption because the system that were established to facilitate the fight are not working.
“But the cost of us not doing anything will be too much on the country. We need to do something as citizens to stop the few selfish people from destroying the country,” Kubalasa appealed.
MEJN boss persuaded Malawians to “stop glorifying mediocrity.”
He said: “Let’s stop glorifying these thieves and rise up against corruption.”
Kubalasa said stakeholders should build “coalition” in ensuring rooting out corruption.
“We cannot afford to let few people move our country into a lawless nation,” said Kubalasa.
He stressed that Malawians must raise the bar in terms of accountability and monitoring of how public funds are used.
Kubalasa said the civil society must work together to ensure that each programme of the democratic state yields quality results thus accelerating transformation and service delivery.
His comments comes after economist Henry Kachaje observed that operational independence of the Malawi’s graft-busting body, Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has considerably been compromised since President Peter Mutharika appointed Lucas Kondowe as Director General of ACB in October 2014 and the bureau has become immaterial.
Kachaje made the observation in a presentation he made at Public Affairs Committee (PAC) annual general meeting in Blantyre on Tuesday on governance.
“We have an ACB in name and not in action,” said Kachaje in his presentation titled ‘Corruption: Impact on Political and Socioeconomic Landscape in Malawi.”
According to Kachaje, ACB is as good as being shut down and channel the resources to provision of other essential services as the bureau is no longer relevant.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :