Mutharika not sure if anti-corruption drive is succeeding

Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika  who dopted a zero-tolerance approach to corruption  says he does not have immediate answers to whether or not his g anti-corruption fight is succeeding, while a leading international monitoring body projection says graft in Malawi is worsening.

“After several years of advocacy, is Malawi winning the war against corruption? I don’t have immediate answers. What I know is that the fight will go on,” said  Mutharika on Sunday.

He speaking during this year’s National Anti-corruption Day Commemoration in the commercial city of Blantyre.

Mutharika said his zero-tolerance approach means he cannot shield anyone from corruption, which critics say it was mere rhetoric as members of his cabinet and those close to him have been protected from prosecution.

“I have made a lot of enemies because of my strong stance against corruption,” claimed Mutharika.

“Of the high profile people that I dismissed due to corruption, they have never ceased to fight me, but that is the price I have always been willing to pay.”

Transparency International (TI), the global corruption watchdog, in its lCorruption Perception Index (CPI) show that Malawi had dropped .

Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), a grouping of local human rights organisations, accuses Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which is responsible for tackling graft, of being toothless  especially on the ruling clique.

ACB late last year shieled senior cabinet ministers and the president’s brother, Peter  who were exposed to have been   involved in the Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) K105 million house scam that saw the Corporation and top government dogs buy houses for a song .

The bureau said it had found the ministers had no case to answer and stopped the probe on them.

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