Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese has demanded seriousness in the fight against corruption.
He said it is unfortunate that, 28 years after in 1994, corruption continues to eat through the gains registered since independence.
Msusa said this on the sidelines of a conference which the Catholic University of Malawi (Cunima) organised to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pastoral Letter, which the bishops wrote against the one party system.
“In their dreams, the bishops who wrote the first Pastoral Letter had envisioned a better Malawi in which all citizens are given equal opportunities.
“However, what Malawians are getting is nepotism, corruption, bad economic policies and other ills,” he said.
Msusa said Malawi has all the resources required to be a middle income economy but observed that the country is failing to progress because of bad leadership that dates back to the dawn of multiparty politics.
The bishop challenged Malawians not to feel comfortable but to continue demanding accountability from office bearers.
“We want a Malawi free from corruption, a Malawi where political leaders respect the rights and interests of Malawians,” he said.
He, however, acknowledged the existence of freedom of speech and freedom of association.
Political scientist Henry Chingaipe concurred with Msusa that rising levels of corruption, regionalism and nepotism have been thwarting Malawi’s chances of attaining socio-economic goals.
“These days, people like to be known by their ethnic groups, region or culture other than nationality. This is why political leaders are favouring people from their regions in public appointments. This narrative needs to change,” he said.