Malawi’s daily newspaper The Nation on Thursday published a scathing analysis on the explanation Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general Lucas Kondowe made to the Legal Affairs Committe of parliament on Wednesday during the on going National Budget Cluster Meetings suggesting he is diverting attention on worsening corruption.
Kondowe accused politicians of politicising the fight against graft by, among others, abusing the term ‘corruption’ to soil the image of other political rivals.
He also pushed the blame to politicians in relation to perceptions that the ACB tends to act swiftly when such cases involve those in opposition and develops cold feet where those linked to the political party in power are connected like former agriculture minister George Chaponda.
But in an editorial comment, The Nation newspaper said the comments by Kondowe were “uninspiring”.
Reads the comment in part: “Our humble pale to Kondowe and his team is to accept the reality that there is corruption. The blame he seems to be enjoying to play will only worsen the situation.”
The paper said the graft-busting body should not be living in denial.
“Instead it should be seen to be working to fight corruption,” it said.
The comment also pointed out that it is a fact that perceptions of corruption in Malawi are high as evidenced by findings of several surveys, including those undertaken by Transparency International, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and indeed Malawi Confederation of Chanbers of Commernce.