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Congoma wants ACB to reveal ‘corrupt’ CSOs

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Kossam Munthali

The Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) has asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to reveal civil society organisations (CSOs) that have been named in the Zuneth Sattar alleged corruption investigations report.

In a statement which chairperson Kossam Munthali has signed, Congoma says revealing names of the CSOs will go a long way in ensuring development partners that non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and CSOs are putting donor resources to good use.

“It is even more heart-breaking when development partners are relentlessly bringing in aid in form of grants and loans to help Malawians get out of poverty. No wonder, Malawi remains in pain, with nothing to show for all the grants and loans obtained, let alone the taxes collected, after 58 years of self-rule when over 52 percent of the population still lives in abject poverty,” Munthali said.

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Munthali further says Congoma will not shield NGO and CSO sector players implicated in the issue.

“What remains more shocking, and infuriating, is the fact that even before Malawi could fully recover, nor at least draw lessons from the effects of this plunder [Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at the seat of government, Capital Hill], another bomb of allegations is imploding,” the council says.

In his national address on June 21 2022, President Lazarus Chakwera hinted at the involvement of some NGOs and CSOs in alleged corrupt practices.

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ACB Director- General Martha Chizuma submitted the report to Chakwera after he gave her office 21 days to do so.

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