Castel Malawi has emphasised the need for concerted efforts between the government, private sector players, non-governmental organisations and citizens in fighting against corruption.
The call was made at the weekend when the company joined Malawi and the rest of the world in commemorating International Anti- Corruption Day in Blantyre.
International Anti- Corruption Day is commemorated across the world on December 9 and Castel Malawi was commemorating it under the theme ‘Say It Loud’.
Speaking at the event, Castel Malawi Director of Human Resource and Corporate Affairs Gloria Zimba said the company felt duty bound to join the cause because they believe that the fight against corruption cannot be left in one hand.
It was revealed at the event that the company has increased the reward to anyone, inside or outside the company, who will report corruption concerning the company or its products from K250, 000 to K1 million.
“Corruption is evil and it affects every sector because, for example, if someone wins a contract because of corruption, it will jeopardise service delivery because the person has not won because they are capable but because they are corrupt. That is why we want to join the government in eradicating it,” she said.
Malawi Law Society President Patrick Mpaka, who was the guest of honour at the event, said arresting and prosecuting corruption suspects alone is not enough to curb the vice.
Mpaka said the fight against corruption should start from prevention.
“What Castel Malawi has done is taking the right path because we should not wait for corruption to happen then prosecute people but we should start by fostering awareness and preventing corruption,” he said.
Before the main event at the company’s headquarters in Blantyre, employees of the company and other stakeholders had a parade to Clock Tower in Blantyre CBD back to their offices in Makata Industrial Area.
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