New Malawi government urged to blitz corruption

The Joint Civil Society Observer Mission has urged a new government to be formed after the fresh presidential elections to bolster the  fight against corruption amid the many scandals that have erupted involving public officials.

Kaiyatsa: Fight corruption

The grouping  which included Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC), Youth Net and Counseling (YONECO), Church and Society of the CCAP Livingstonia Synod, Foundation for Children’s Rights (FCR), DCA Actalliance, and Active Youth for Social Enhancement (AYISE), said at a news conference that the new administration should  regard graft eradication as its top priority.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) chairperson, Moses Kaiyatsa, said the in-coming government should show that it is taking measures to fight corruption to unlock donor aid and investments that have been withheld due to graft concerns.

“The issue of corruption should be the first thing to be reviewed. Government should be strict on people plundering public resources. It is now time these things should be checked,” Kayiyasa said.

He said: “ Government should also focus on recovering assets that were purchased by senior officials fraudulently.”

IIt is likely Lazarus  Chakwera, a former cleric who heads the opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), will form the new government.

Born in Lilongwe to subsistence farmers, the philosophy and theology graduate has pledged to fight corurption, among other reforms.

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Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Lets wait and see later guys.

President Chisokonezo
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President Chisokonezo

Corruption starts with salary disparities. It starts as a need, then a norm. And this is Muluzis making.

Tonse
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Tonse

Federal system of government it’s a way to go as far as ending corruption is to be achieved. Account No 1 it’s where politicians find milk and honey, abolish this account first

Phwisa
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Phwisa

The issue of corruption should be taken seriously by the MCP Govt. Yes we know that amongst the alliance leaders there are many who were involved in the plunder of Govt resources. The DPP Govt in which Chilima was it’s VP put Malawians in misery. We can not talk of Joice Banda’s which was the most stinking. Chilima and JB needed to be held responsible by the MCP Govt.

Abdul K
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Abdul K

Kick out the ‘old’ and bring in the ‘new’. The new must stick to the key principles they sold to Malawians. As time goes, the corrupts will be uncovered. I personally worry about this big alliance and pray that the new President will have the leadership needed to lead the country from North, South, Center and Eastern. I also worry and pray that the President will know how to handle the corrupt power of our Asian friends. Many of them are my friends but some of them are really bad to this country. The SHIRAZ KARIM, SHIRAZ YUSUF, FAIZAL and… Read more »

Muslim servant
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Muslim servant

This is a very important point. The new government will be infiltrated by the Indo-Paks but Malawi must try to clean up to offer a peaceful place for all citizens. Those who have been at the forefront of corruption must be given a very hard time. Those named above (Shiraz, Karim, Yusuf, Faizal and other) must lean their lessons the hardest possible way. I must add ERNST YOUNG to this list.

Moses M.
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Moses M.

Whenever someone mentions the name of Shiraz Yusuf or Ernst Young, there is a lot of anger flashing. This man in definitely a major enabler who uses the good name of an international firm to sponsor side businesses and hide revenue away from MRA. He who sows to please his sinful nature will reap destruction. There is no doubt that this YUSUF man will reap hardship and hell. Do not be deceived. God cannot be mocked We hope that the new president will not fall into the traps of these nasty sweet talkers. Hopefully Ernst Young will wake up and… Read more »

Mary-Ellen W
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Mary-Ellen W

Kick Ernst Young out of Malawi. Other audit firms such as Deloitte, KPMG, PWC etc do not have such a bad name. This Shiraz Yusuf man is just truly awful. He is the Ambassador in Malawi of the Institute of Chartered Accountants for England and Wales (ICAEW). Does ICAEW know who this man is to be appointed as an ambassador? How can an accountant also be a business man, owner of a major hotel while Ernst Young audits other hotels or owners of other hotels? This major conflict of interest is despicable. Shame on Ernst Young and shame on ICAEW… Read more »

Arabica Mbewe
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Arabica Mbewe

So Shiraz Yusuf is an ambassador? Since when did he manage to become an ambassador? How much did he pay ICAEW to be appointed as an ambassador? Everything for about Shiraz Yususf is related to money. He would sell his father and mother if he has to. My advice to ICAEW is to cut this man loose. Frankly Shiraz Yusuf is too much of a liability to have him as an ICAEW ambassador in Malawi. He is a nuisance. In Malawi we have many talented accountants who can serve as ambassador with dignity, ethics and class. The same advice goes… Read more »

Paola S
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Paola S

Comments on shiraz yusuf always make me laugh. kkkk! Everyone hates him. Wofesa mphepo amatutakamvulvulu, kkkk! Shiraz sows the whirlwind. Ernest young and ICAEW will be left holding his bag while shiraz will be eating and sleeping in his 5 star hotel in Blantyre. A bad character, you said it right

Habit Zafar
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Habit Zafar

Shiraz is my cousin. I know him well. He is certainly using the ICAEW title to drum up clients and beef up his resume. He probably does not care about this organisation. But walking around town with an ambassadorial title sounds exactly right to my cousin. If ICAEW sits him down to test him, he may actually fail a test despite his 25 year experience. I know my cousin very well. I have more information about him than anyone. He has a nasty attitude and does not care about anything else but money. His goal is to amass 100 million… Read more »

ALK
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What is ICAEW doing in Malawi? Malawi is independent and we have our own institute of chartered accountants in Malawi that is very active and have a good leadership made of Malawians proper. My friend Francis Gondwe is doing a great job and the institute has stressed transparency, accountability and integrity.The fact that ICAEW chose Shiraz Yusuf as his representative in Malawi tells me that ICAEW is no good and has no place coming to Malawi. ICAEW is suspect by association, just like Ernest Young is suspect by association. They should follow ICAM’s lead

Destroyer of liars
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@ Phwisa I totally agree with you. Chilima was one of the lead figures in plundering state resources for four years. He never raised an alarmthat there was free for all looting in government because he too was involved in the malpractices. He only started talking bad of DPP after he knew he will not get the presidency. He left DPP with a chain of crooks like Masangwe, Kaliyati, Makonde, Ben Chidyaonga, Khwesi Msusa, sesasesa etc.

John
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John

Fighting corruption has to start with strengthening institutions by closing all the weak points to deter those with corrupt intent.

Prof. John M
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Prof. John M

This is call institutional reforms. The week points are pretty well known. In Malawi here, the issue is more about implementation. The president must also strengthen the capacity to ensure corruption is properly fought. In this vain, it will be important that our capacity be at par if not better than that of the corrupts. These corrupt uses professional services. In this chat room people have pointed fingers at Shiraz Yusuf as an enablers. While I concur, the process goes well beyond him and Ernst Young even though the government must look into whatever nasty role Yusuf and his firm… Read more »

Doc AMP
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Doc AMP

Oh boy, Shiraz Yusuf will be in serious trouble. He will fall from his Ernest’s throne like his friend Professor APM fell and had to pack up in one day to vacate the people’s palace. Shiraz Yusuf will be accountable to his deeds. Shiraz Kareem will be accountable to his deeds. All the corrupts and facilitators of corruption will be accountable to their deeds

mchisala
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mchisala

The in-coming Chakwera govt should curtail hand-outs programmes to minimize opportunities for wholesale corruption. It should tell supporters of the hand-outs programmes the economy is not in a state to support these wholesale hand-outs programmes and instead laser-focus on growing the economy and implementing infrastructural programmes with long-lasting value and multiple spin-offs to create a lot of employment that can allow the citizenry to create their own wealth instead of depending on government hand-outs programmes!!!!

Citizen
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Citizen

And why are Fyson Chodzi and Kamangira not lendering their voice in this? Busy with their court case of trying to stop the election?

Citizen
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Citizen

Active Youth for Social Enhancement (AYISE). What does the ‘I’ in this abbreviation stand for?

Kandulu
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Kandulu

Yes, they will be hugely loved if they can uproot corruption, tribalism and nepotism in Malawi.

Mwini muzi.
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Good move. This should not be selective but inclusive of every Malawian suspects some of those well known figures that found refuge in Tonse Alliance. They are not rinsed!

Transparency Malawi
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Transparency Malawi

This is it! The Alliance will have a lot of bad bed fellows sneaking in to join them. We the people, we are watching things very carefully. I am personally looking at the Indo-Paks and how they will renew themselves. On particular interest to me are what I call the ENABLERS. Enables are those among them who make fake transactions happen, either by cleaning the books (accounting firms like Ernst Young) or lawyers. The new government must cut ties with anyone who is not cleaned. I have had the honor of speaking to the new leadership and this matter is… Read more »

President Chisokonezo
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President Chisokonezo

Enerst and young is an English audit firm which Shiraz is one of the worker

Wamkulu Mpakaten
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Wamkulu Mpakaten

Shiraz is the managing partner of Enerst and young in Malawi. He is not a worker but rather he is the big boss. It is well know in Malawi that Shiraz uses this title to help asian businesses cook up their books and avoid taxes by presenting separate one book to banks to siphon loans and another one to MRA to evade taxes. I agree with the earlier comment that Shiraz is an enablers. He makes these illegal activities possible using the prestige of enerst and young. This is not a secret and everyone knows this in Malawi. My brother… Read more »

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