Mutharika says fight against corruption a national priority

President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika says the fight against corruption is a continuing one and must be treated as a national priority.

ACB boss Lucas Kondowe greets President Mutharika.(C)Govati Nyirenda

Mutharika made the remarks Friday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe during the National Anti-Corruption Conference.

He said since May, 2014, when he became President of this country on the heels of cash gate, government, through the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, approached the fight against corruption from a different angle.

“We have made significant strides in bringing to book the cashgate perpetrators and their accomplices,” said Mutharika, adding, “If we had strong preventive measures, cashgate would not have happened. There are people today in this country who play down impact of cashgate because of the amount that was involved”.

He said the truth of the matter is that cashgate was not only responsible for losses of huge amounts in public revenue; it also plunged this country to its lowest level on the index of corruption perception.

Mutharika further said Government shall prioritize prevention over prosecution.

“As they intensify their preventive work, we shall provide the ACB with capacity to carry out their prosecutions work where that is needed.  Cases of corruption when properly handled and when appropriate sentences are given by the courts will have a deterrent effect,” explained the President.

The Malawi Leader said the damage caused by the cashgate scandal cannot be repaired by finger-pointing or making unfounded accusations of corruption against one another, but through concerted effort aimed at eliminating the vice altogether.

He said; “As we devise new methods of fighting corruption, we need to critically examine all the forms which this vice takes. Is it high level corruption or is it petty bribery that impedes service delivery or patronage and nepotism that exacerbates inequalities and entrench poverty in society?

“Which institutions in the public service are severely affected by corruption? These are some of the questions that we must honestly attempt to answer if the battle is to be won”.

Answers are needed at all levels so that those in leadership make right decisions that will steer the country’s course better and more effectively, according to Mutharika.

He said it is a fight that every Malawian must engage in for himself and herself, and the next generation; for a better Malawi beyond rhetoric and comforting words.

Mutharika added that the resolutions and recommendations made at this Conference would help Government in reviewing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and the law on corrupt practices including the current Act and other laws; empowering the law enforcement bodies to perform better; intensify our work on taking preventive measures in the fight against corruption.

Undertaking further reforms in the Public Service targeting the practices and areas that encourage corrupt practices; implement Access to Information (ATI) Act in order to foster more transparency in the way Government does business; extend the reach of CPA to cover corruption in private sector among others.

He therefore commended the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs for steering the re-definition of our course in the fight against corruption.

Speaking on what delegates at the meeting discussed, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu said delegates at the conference adopted a policy on the fight against corruption which is not currently working in the expected manner.

He said the question that was posed by the delegates was why instruments that government has adopted as a nation to end in the fight against corruption are not working in the manner that is expected to work.

“Is there any need to review those instruments? Several recommendations were made that there is indeed need to review those instruments to change the people’s attitudes and the agencies tasked with the job must also know what the mandate is,” explained Tembenu.

Chief Secretary to the Government Justice Lloyd Muhara said the objective brought them together to re-examine where government stands to fight corruption and consider the approach to fight the graft.

 

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Rift Valley
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Bwana, until such time ACB is independent, all rhetoric about fighting corruption is a complete waste of time. Ad it is , we may as well send Kondowe and team on leave until their contracts expire. They are wasting tax payers money.

mwalex
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Mr Poorman in thinking you miss a point here, cashgate did not start with pp, I am Not pp and has never been, but the truth is if cashgate had started with pp, why is that the time men were caught houses were complited and some were ready for aucupations? Cashgate begun with you and your brother and when he died, your men continued and were sought in the act during pp time, its just trying t be politically cleaver to think way you sound man, true Malawians know the truth, we have reached an age you can not deceive… Read more »
Ethurama
Guest

You Are Not Serious Mr Mutharika.You Dont Know Your Police Service, Agriculture, Education, Energy, Tpt & Public Infrastructure, Health Etc. Plus ACB & Govt.Procurement Depts.Dont Pretend And By The Way Mr President Where Is Mr Chaponda?What About Robert Chasowa & Mr Issa Njauju? Shame!!

sabata
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Mr President is your responsibility to end corruption in Malawi thats why we gave you the mandate to rule us upto 2019. This has dented your presidency my president and please take it head on. I feel sad when I see poor people in Chiradzulu, Thyolo and other parts of Southern Region

Ruben Kacheche
Guest

I hope the maize scandal will be a good example next year from the way it will be tackled this year

The Partriot
Guest

Enough talk your excellency! We need action, yesterday actually! Act on the 577 billion cashgate, act on the maizegate then we will believe your speeches!!

Mine
Guest

Would you mr president change the subject and tell us substance not rhetoric

Ngalamayi
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In other words, if Corruption has already made you rich, you are safe from prosecution. The Sacred Cows can continue to graze without fear!

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