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Controlling officers told to support graft fight

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George Kainja

The government has ordered its departments and ministries to increase their support to institutional integrity committees (IICs), which are mandated to work in conjunction with the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) in fighting corrupt practices in the public sector.

Deputy Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Janet Banda said this in Mangochi Thursday, when she opened a controlling officers (COs) orientation meeting on National Anti- Corruption Strategy 2.

“It is important for controlling officers to advance the vision of the current administration, which is entirely against corruption. The President has explained that all officers who are involved in corruption will be prosecuted,” she said.

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ACB Deputy Director Eliya Bodole urged COs to separately develop anti-corruption strategies that are in line with the national strategy.

“Research shows that most public institutions are perpetrating corruption, with 44 percent of corruption cases [being registered there, despite that] the Malawi Police Service (MPS) remains the most corrupt institution in the country. This means that the public sector remains key to ending corruption,” Bodole said.

MPS Inspector General George Kainja warned that the security institution would punish all officers that indulge in corruption.

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“We have a special commit which is looking into issues of discipline among officers and corruption is one of the issues which we are seriously looking forward to root out,” Kainja said.

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