Mejn, Hivos lobby for open public contracting

Hivos Foundation in conjunction with Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) have urged the media in the country to take part in promoting Open Contracting (OC),in a bid to improve disclosure of public contracting information and accountability in public works.

Kambalametole: 40 percent of the national budget is lost through corruption, 60  percent is spent through procurement

Speaking on Wednesday during an Inception meeting for the Multi-Stakeholder Group in Open Contracting in Lilongwe, Hivos Foundation Country Coordinator, Baldwin Chiyamwaka said the media have a great role to play in publicizing information pertaining to open contracting and procurement of goods in public works.

“Media are crucial in disseminating information concerning public contracting and procurement of goods. This helps members of the general public to be involved in making decisions related to the procurement of goods and contract agreements between government and stakeholders including companies,” said Chiyamwaka.

He advised journalists in the country to develop interest in investigating and analyzing public contracts in order to be easily understandable by the general public.

“Journalists should move from writing events based stories concerning open contracting and procurement of goods,hence they should build curiosity in interpreting and analyzing contracts focusing on its implications and strengths, so that people should easily understand,” he advised.

Currently, Hivos in partnership with other organizations including MEJN are working with editors from various media houses such as Nyasa Times, Zodiak Broadcasting Cooperation, Times Group and Malawi Broadcasting Cooperation (MBC),  The Nation, who are trained on how their reporters can report on issues of public contracts and procurement of goods by public sectors in the country.

Chiyamwaka is optimistic that,involving journalists in issues concerning public contracting and procurement of goods would help reduce cases of corruption which happen during the signing of contracts and procurement of goods in the country, saying the journalists act as watchdogs of the country.

In her remarks, MEJN Acting Executive Director, June Kambalametore said involving the media and other stakeholders in the issues concerning public contracting and procurement would also help promote accountability and transparency in contracting processes and procurement of goods in the country.

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kanjedza
kanjedza
2 years ago

Just a white wash. HIVOS gave money for the meeting. It is just about meeting allowances good food and back to normal life. Nothing will change

Becks
Becks
2 years ago

This is good initiative. But what is MEJN doing or what is your position on the recent Hon Kusamba Dzozi’s Bill on banks interest capping. MEJN has been unusually too quite on this. Why the silence?

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