Malawi gov’t uncovers new data on cashgate -Daza

Malawi government authorities say they have recovered information  believed to have  been missed that would lead  to arrest of more  suspects in the infamous cashgate scandal.

Speaking in Blantyre on Thursday at the 2013 graduation of 259 Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) students from Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu campuses, Minister responsible for Good Governance in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Chris Daza  said this confirms sleepless nights which government officials are spending in ensuring that all those involved in the looting of the public purse are apprehended and brought to book.

“This show that the country is making good strides on issues of good governance because we want to make Malawi a corrupt free country,” Daza said.

He said President Joyce Banda has put mechanism to fight corruption.

Daza: More arrests looming

Daza who was the guest of honour at the ceremony asked the media in the country to avoid  being  ‘cashgate journalists’ by retting bribes from the suspects a development he said  compromises  ethical reporting.

He said journalists have a critical role to play to ensure accountability.

In his speech depicting the theme of the graduation  whichwas ‘Journalists: Watchdogs of Good Governance’, Daza said:”Good governance comprises, among others, independence, accountability, clarity of purpose and effectiveness,” adding “It is the job of journalists to make sure that these are followed.”

Speaking at the same ceremony  Nation Publications Limited (NPL) managing editor Edward Chitsulo asked the journalists  to maintain the dictum that says  “any relationship with news sources in journalism whether good or bad is not permanent.”

One of the graduating students, Nthezemu Kamanga, called on the public to support the media to become better watchdogs.

In his speech, MIJ executive director Dalitso Nkunika announced that the institution plans to start a degree programme.

Gospel Kazako of Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Mgeme Kalirani of  state broadcaster MBC and Aston Gondwe of Voice of Livingstonia (VOL) got diplomas with distinction.

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