Information Minister Gospel Kazako has hailed the speech delivered by the Director General of the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma, who said the ACB will not be used as a political tool.
Chizuma was speaking on Wednesday during a public lecture which ACB organised in line with the Academic Pillar, which is one of the 12 pillars under the National and Corruption Strategy tool, which seeks to eradicate corruption.
She added that the bureau was making efforts to end corruption in Malawi by collaborating with the Malawi Institute of Education on incorporation of anti-corruption messages in primary schools.
“We need to teach children while they are in primary school so that they can learn from a young age and grow with that mentality. Corruption continues to cost the quality of our lives. It is committed by those who look like decent people. They do not think of John in Zomba who lost his life after a substandard wall of a block, built by the community out of desperation to send their children to school, fell on him. They do not think of Margaret in Phalombe who has to endure mental anguish of seeing a man who sexually assaulted her just because he paid a bribe to a court official,” she said.
In an interview, Kazako said the government was against corruption as well as the idea of using ACB as a political tool.
“We agree with her [Chizuma]. ACB is an independent body,” he said.
Similarly, Centre for Social Accountability and Transparency Executive Director Willy Kambwandira said Malawians needed to be enlightened on issues to do with corruption.
He particularly dwelled on the speech delivered by the event’s guest speaker, Professor Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Malata urged Malawians to embrace the concept of “What is not yours, you should not take” as a way of ending corruption in Malawi.