Malawi’s very survival depends on fighting corruption: ‘Serious mission’ against stealing from the poor

Malawi’s leading daily newspaper has used its editorial comment to add its voice on remarks made by Norwegian Ambassador Kikkan Haugen to the government and people of Malawi, cautioning that corruption must be fought with full force, all-round, if lives of ordinary Malawians are to be substantially transformed.

Malawi VP Saulos Chilima greets out going Norwegian ambassador Kikkan Haugen who has lamented that corruption is stealing from the poor.

In its editorial comment, The Nation newspaper  on Thursday, said the remarks by Haugen as he ends his successful four-year tour of duty in Malawi,  are plausible as he correctly described corruption as the act of well-to-do people ‘stealing from the poor’ and driving the marginalised deeper into abject poverty.

Haugen said in quotes reported by the paper that there too many stories and indications of corruption in public procurement processes and among State-enterprises “that don’t seem to be dealt with affirmatively.”

He said: “Corruption is basically stealing from the poor. That is not what the hard-working poor people of Malawi deserve.”

Haugen also pointed out that “too many resources in Malawi are probably spent on projects that are not going anywhere or are not managed professionally.”

He advised that in a situation where resources are so scarce, Malawi cannot afford that.

Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi, who is the official government spokesperson, said the Peter Mutharika administration heeds the advice and caution given by Norway, assuring that it is “doing everything to make Anti Corruption Bureau much stronger.”

According to Dausi, he can see the light at the end of the tunnel, “if we seriously and persistently provide evidence of the corruption in our society.

The paper pointed out in the editorial that it is encouraging that Dausi said Norway’s message is respected and is being heeded.

“But we want to remind the government that nodding to a truth is one thing and acting on it is quite another,” said the paper.

It said “Malawi’s partners need not walk out on us because of our indifference and failure to crush – yes, crush –corruption.”

The paper reminded the government and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that it placed the war on corruption as a priority in its manifesto.

“Can it, now honestly say much has been achieved in this light?” queried the paper.

However, it said the fight against corruption is not totally a lost cause.

“Malawi needs to quickly recast its Anti Corruption Bureau and strengthen the other law enforcement agents as independent and professional entities.”

It encouraged every citizen to take up responsibility of blowing the whistle whenever and where; corruption rears its ugly head.

“Malawi’s very survival depends on this serious mission,” the comment concluded.

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Nzwanya
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Nzwanya

Can someone tell me where Chilima is getting all the monies to bankroll his campaign with all these movement cloths, caps, t-shirts, etc etc?? If you know how much his salary is how possible is he spending like this and yet this is not campaign period. How much gonna he spend for the next 9 months? All these monies you want to tell me are his monies? Am not foolish to be hoodwinked to believe this young man is clean!!! I strongly believe he did not get enough from the corrupt earnings and now is a disgrunrled lot . Period!

Wayne Mussa
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Wayne Mussa

I think if is the one of those who are busy corrupting our country ,, Dpp people would come out en talk much about him

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Corruption in Malawi is so pervasive that it’s now become a subculture. The only way we can wipe it out is by eliminating all current politicians to the peripheral and bring in new blood (we need a dialysis political machine). The best approach is to charge and lock up all DPP leaders and go down the chain in earnest……one by one. If they don’t care about the nation then why should we care about them. They’re the killers of the nation and if we don’t deal with them Malawi will be gone in 2 years time.

Tiyeseni Phiri
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Tiyeseni Phiri

Be advised that corruption is not perpetrated by DPP only. There is a lot of corruption going in in other parties, social and business organizations as well. Both vertical and horizontal poverty levels breed corruption in our societies. This is so because both the provider of services and the receiver of those services have a common agenda – earn enough to afford a comfortable living. Any wonder why there are so many political parties in Malawi when two or three major parties would do? The agenda has never been to serve Malawians. No wonder a former president once remarked that… Read more »

Susan
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Susan

Chilima is getting paid without working, is that not corruption. He claims he is following the constitution to stay put for 5 years. Chilima should be the last person to talk about corruption.

Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

who told you he is not working, he goes to office. Accuse those who are not giving him work. And do you know the definition of corruption. If the government thinks he is not working why do they pay him? they pay him for what?

ZACHAMBA
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ZACHAMBA

Tell this idiot

Wayne Mussa
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Wayne Mussa

If u are going to ur work en find out that ur boss is not giving U the job to do cause of misunderstanding u wanna tell me that it’s ur fault??

zikomo
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zikomo

Corporate governance speaks much about the promotion of whistle blowing if we are to defeat or eliminate corruption and fraud…..but in Malawi its a different story, much if we are to talk about the Minor DDP government……when the issue of k145,000,000.00 broke out and this is where people were expecting that government would applaud and cheer the whistle blower but it was contrary as the government was at forefront saying they will hire a foreign expert to investigate about the whistle blower……yet they are saying they are committed to fight the corruption…shame DPP party of thieves.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

Spot on your Excellency!
DPP top gurus are literally competing who has stolen the most.
They initiate ‘developmental projects’ for the sole purpose to steal.. Give constracts to crooked Indians to LOOT state coffers then share the spoils.
Imagine what are we telling Controlling Officers ie CEOs of parastatals, DCs? That it is okay to receive ‘DONATIONS’ from a supplier who has won a tender with your institution. If this is NOT BLATANT CORRUPTION, what is then?
SHAME!!!

Jessie
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Jessie

Our leaders the ones involved in corruption, all the want is to make themselves rich. We as Malawians need to work together and vote out the current government because they are the ones perpetuating corruption. May God help us have leaders that are really patriotic!!! May we make a wise choose in may 2019, may God show as a way on who the best candidate is that can bring change.. i personally think Chakwera can make a difference. UTM IS promising but i have my doubts

Bob
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Bob

Sadly, this government instead of fighting corruption our leaders are fully involved in corruption.

Bristone Mabichi
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Bristone Mabichi

Kodi bambo Chilima akugwirabe ntchito? Nanga pholoso lija bwanji, lolanda ma benefits ake. Tiyeni aChilima mpaka 2019 woooo. Wina alira, …

B.I.G
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B.I.G

Who has noticed that the guy behind the white guy shaking hands with Chilima looks like Emmerson Mnangagwa and the next one behind this Mnangagwa lookalike looks like the late Morgan Tsvangirai?

DAVIE C MAKAWA
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i had to scrow back to check on that and that is true.

A Few Good Men
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A Few Good Men

true

Kanu
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Kanu

NDE NDE NDE kkkkkkkkkkk

GIRIMOTI
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GIRIMOTI

Ambassodor kutsazika kwa Pressident wadziko lino!!!!!! Zikuchita kubebatuuuuu!!

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