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Anti-Corruption Bureau reviews anti-corruption strategy

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By Macdonald Thom:

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) would start reviewing the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (Nacs) next week.

The current strategy was developed in 2008 and, according to the bureau’s director general, Reyneck Matemba, the new strategy will address gaps that were in the old strategy, as well as include emerging issues.

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“Constant strategising is required to respond to the ever-changing nature of corruption. Thus, an effective Nacs requires periodic reviews. In fact, the 2008 Nacs had a prescribed lifespan of five years, making the current review an overdue opportunity to update this critical document,” Matemba said.

He was speaking at a press conference in Lilongwe where he announced the commencement of the exercise.

“The review of the Nacs is an opportunity to further empower and encourage Malawians to demand accountability from public officers and any person. In fact, all Malawians are encouraged to contribute to the review process by contacting the bureau. And all Malawians are called upon to support the implementation of the updated strategy upon its completion,” he said.

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The current strategy has such pillars as Executive, Legislature, Judiciary, private sector, civil society, Faith-based organisations, traditional leaders and the media.

Matemba said, in the new Nacs, the ACB would like to include the youth and engage the media more.

“This will be an opportunity for us to add more pillars. We have eight at the moment. Things have changed. We want to add the youth in the fight. The CSOs are there but we want to take advantage of their activism to assist us in preventing corruption,” he said.

Matemba acknowledged the work and legacy of the late Matthews Chikaonda, who was laid to rest on Monday, for the role he played in formulation of the strategy being reviewed.

“The late professor was instrumental in the development of the initial Nacs as the chairman of the Blue Ribbon Committee which developed the strategy. And I note, with sadness, that we will be starting this process at the end of this month without his physical presence. In his memory, we continue the work he and the hard working members of the committee started,” Matemba said.

At the beginning of the press conference, a minute of silence was observed in honour of Chikaonda

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