Malawi Immigration Dept, Road Traffic top corruption list – ACB

An Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) integrity survey has revealed that corruption  in exchange of services.is high at Immigration and Citizenship Services (ICS) as well as Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services (DRTSS).

Matemba (C) and NSO deputy commissioner Jameson Ndawala handing over the report to Gondwe

ACB director general Reyneck Matemba said the percentage of people who felt corruption was still high in the two institutions as well as their levels of integrity ranged from 54 to 67 percent.

Matemba said this  when he launched the survey results in Blantyre on Friday.

The pilot assessment study, targeting ICS and DRTSS, was designed to measure integrity levels at the two public institutions based on responses of employees and the clientele.

The country’s anti-corruption czar said the results of the  survey and the percentages are not encouraging to the two institutions.

“For your information, we interviewed both employees of the two institutions as well as the clients they serve and the results show that 54 to67 percent of the people feel that cases of corruption are still high at the two institutions as well as levels of integrity,” said Matemba to journalists.

“But the results should not frustrate you,” he said, arguing that the results serve to encourage ICS and DRTSS to initiate efforts to prevent corruption and promote citizens’ rights in a transparent manner.

ACB implemented the pilot integrity survey with technical support from National Statistical Office (NSO) and funding from government. Additional funding came from the Department for International Development (DfID) through International Centre for Asset Recovery (Icar).

According to a summary of the results, the study found that 61 percent of DRTSS service providers sensed that officials take bribes while 44.4 percent of users agreed that bribes are paid out.

The study also found that 75.7 percent of service users agreed that a bribe is paid out to officials for a service with 38.2 percent of ICS service providers also agreeing that bribery was demanded for a service to be done.

“It is very alarming that the study has shown that majority of service providers at DRTSS perceive that some officials take bribes,” reads part of the summary of the results dated June 2019.

In terms of actual level of corruption as experienced by both service users and providers, the survey established that both ICS and DRTSS service providers and users accepted to have asked or offered a bribe.

“These bribes were often asked for or offered at the beginning of work or service [70.6 percent for DRTSS providers and 85.7 percent for ICS providers].

“The main reason for paying or asking for a bribe at DRTSS was to facilitate or speed up the processes of the service [100 percent for DRTSS providers and 86.7 percent for users],” reads the report.

Matemba said despite the survey outcome he was pleased with the two institutions leadership for putting in place measures to address the issues.

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A Few Good Men
A Few Good Men
1 year ago

WHAT ABOUT M R A ????

Gee
Gee
1 year ago

What a nonsense,corruption starts from Anti-corruption Bureau then spreads to other departments. U think we r ur sister’s kids that we don’t know what goes behind closed doors neh???

Kelright
Kelright
1 year ago

Corruption will be there as long as the system is designed to frustrate users due to the scrumble and unexplained delays. Pple will sucrifice money for VVIP service…

Tuntyufe
Tuntyufe
1 year ago

Tatopa ndi ma survey that lead nowhere. Waste of resources

Bonney Phiri
Bonney Phiri
1 year ago

Kuti tionetsetse ndimbava zomwezi zilipatsogolo kumpembedza mbava inzawo Peter Wakuba Tipex Ansah Mutharika kuti apitilizebe

Austin June
Austin June
1 year ago

Inde ndizowona kuti Malawi immigration officers are the highest corrupt, I lost $1400.00 to one of immigration officer who demanded that amount of money in exchange for my son to get malawi passport, he returned only 150000.00 Malawi Kwacha .

Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago
Reply to  Austin June

You’re a corruption enabler. Why would you pay all that money for a Malawi passport?

MWANANVEKHA
MWANANVEKHA
1 year ago
Reply to  Austin June

Mbuzi nawenso Austin June, ndalama umapereka wekha uko ndiye ukufuna ife titani panopa? tikunvere chisoni? nawenso u support corruption, damn it!

Truth Pains
1 year ago

This is spot on as these two departments are the worst culprit of corruption.
They can’t serve people without demanding bribes .
It’s good that they have been exposed but I doubt if anything tangible will be done to solve this.

Let them be fired one by one if caught commiting bribes , that will send aright signal to others.

Central
Central
1 year ago

Mr Matemba mwati muonetse ngati kuti…………………………. mwina adad mkupumako bwino! Ataaaaaaaaaaaaaa! So far what is the 2018 headcount at state house? Do we know how are resources were used there? Is this important to ACB? Kodi chimakhala chani kumalubwalubwa zopanda pake ngati izi………………………..? Since when you knew what these two institutions are doing what have you done so far to term the malpractice? Basi kungofuna kusokosa basi, kuti tisakuiwaleni? Fotseki……………………………!

Ngaa7
1 year ago

MADANDO 147 ANSAH PITALA ZONSEZI

kaukonde
kaukonde
1 year ago

In fact road traffic and immigration are the most corrupt departments. You can hardly get any service for free without paying kickbacks. corruption at these two institution seem to be institutionalised. I am told at road traffic officer walk home with over MK500,000 per day proceeds of corruption. Officers are able to buy fleet of cars and build houses

kamp
kamp
1 year ago
Reply to  kaukonde

immIgration pus road directorate chiefs must fall,it revolution tome

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