Government has assured development partners and the citizenry that it is committed to curbing out corruption and fraud in the country.
The Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, said this Thursday night after meeting the donor community at Capital Hill in Lilongwe following the recent revelations of massive corruption and fraud among civil servants at the Accountant General’s office.
“I wish to assure all Malawians and development partners that government is committed to fighting fraud and corruption in the country and will leave no stone unturned in this fight.
“Government will do this in a holistic, fair and just manner and not in any selective way as it has sometimes been done,” Kachali said.
Kachali hinted that the recent arrests of some civil servants after being found with huge sums of money is a clear indication that government is serious in the fight against corruption and fraud, saying government is equally shocked and dismayed over the issue and would ensure that all culprits face the law.
“Government agencies that are mandated to investigate these criminal acts and prosecute the suspects are working day and night in order to get to the bottom of all these issues.
“Government is equally shocked and dismayed to learn about the huge sums of money being found with some arrested civil servants. Anybody with unexplained wealth needs to be investigated,” he explained.
He, however, explained that government would welcome contributions from stakeholders on these issues in order to deal with them once and for all as opposed to condemning each other, saying the matter would be dealt with without any political interference.
“Government appreciates the support and encouragement from our cooperating partners which they continue to provide us as we deal with this problem.
“I have assured them that we will work tirelessly to get to the root of this evil and let relevant democratic institutions work on this without any political interference,” he said.
The Vice President also reminded the nation that filling up of the positions of Accountant General and Director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, two crucial offices in fighting fraud and corruption in the country, is evidence that the current regime is serious to ensuring that fraud and corruption were stamped out.
Kachali then warned public servants involved in the malpractices that government would not just sit idle and watch tax payers money being looted, saying all the culprits should brace for responsible law to take its course.
“I wish, therefore, to appeal to the general public who have information that can lead to further arrests to report to appropriate authorities.
“Government does appreciate those who have already come forward and provided vital information. We will not just sit idle and watch some public servants or anybody plundering public funds and all culprits should brace for the law to take its course,” he added.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :