Minister Ben Phiri moves in to sweep councils clean of corruption

Local Government and Rural Development minister, Ben Phiri, says the fight against corruption in local councils will not spare anyone if communities are to benefit fully from decentralization.

Minister Ben Phiri: The citizenry cannot benefit from decentralization being implemented in our ministry if corruption is not busted 

A statement signed by Principal Secretary in the Ministry, Charles Kalemba, says the newly-appointed minister is determined to sweep clean all councils using all legally-mandated statutes.

“The fight against corruption and curbing pilferage of government resources as advanced by the State President will not spare anyone involved in corruption in my ministry. The citizenry cannot benefit from decentralization being implemented in our ministry if corruption is not busted and dealt with decisively,” Phiri is quoted as saying in the statement.

Phiri, during his recent visits to councils across the country, learnt of investigations into a myriad of tendencies in regards to  misappropriation of public funds by officers.

In Mangochi, Dedza and Salima district councils several officers are on suspension to pave way for investigation after allegations of embezzlement of millions of Kwachas.

In a bid to expedite the corruption fight, the ministry has gone on a campaign to sensitize Malawians on how they can report financial malpractices in their councils.

“The ministry appeals to the general public to report any cases of corruption, theft and fraud in councils to the Ministry offices at Capital Hill or alternatively at Anti Corruption Bureau,” reads the statement.

Since getting into office, the youthful minister had been on the ground supervising projects under his ministry’s jurisdiction.

Months ago, Phiri ordered Blantyre City Council to withhold payment to a contractor who constructed one of the city roads up until they (the contractor) repair some sections of the road.

Commentators and governance experts have hailed Phiri for getting into his job with the seriousness his office deserves.

Local Government and Rural Development ministry is one of the largest cabinet portfolios in terms of personnel and socio-economic influence on livelihoods.

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Sahara
Sahara
1 year ago

Surely Ben Phiri will die a painful death due to umbava. He needs to return all taxpayers money he has stolen

Mbola
Mbola
1 year ago

Reading all the comments, everybody agrees Ben Phiri is corrupt. So how can he fight corruption?

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago

Surely this is a joke.

Baba Maduapera
Baba Maduapera
1 year ago
Reply to  BigMan

A very big joke for that matter!! Ameneyu akufuna apusitse ndani???

Insight
Insight
1 year ago

This corrupt man talking cabbage whilst robbing us our hard earned taxes. He has no mandate when his nest is a hub corrupt individuals.

Nachika
Nachika
1 year ago

Who is more corrupt, you Ben Dwarf Phiri or Local Councils????????????????????

nompumelelo khuzwayo

tippex minister!!!!!!!!!

Naluso
Naluso
1 year ago

I did not even waste my time reading this bullshit. Ben Phiri Malawians are way too intelligent than you. Unganamize ndani iwe meanwhile uli busy kutulutsa ndalama za boma, misonkho of poor people, to fund Cadets kuti azipha anthu, to cling to power. Kuba, kupha, ucrook zonse zili mwa iwe thoo…….

Cadate
Cadate
1 year ago

Kagalu ka DPP kafwenkhetsa kale pamene zilili nde kakuopsyza anthu kuti kazitenga bwino

Namachechule
Namachechule
1 year ago

kkkkkkkk ben phiri so called minister y cnt you start with the so called peter tippex munthalika and all party officials, remember chariry begins at home or mukufuna muwachotse dala cholinga muyikemo anthu anuboti mudzibera bwino limodzi kkkkk go fuck ur mother ben phiri

Neno
Neno
1 year ago

KIKIKI….MR MALISECHE

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