Former vice-president Khumbo Kachali has asked Malawians to shoulder the blame for allowing corruption to proliferate in the country other than singling out President Lazarus Chakwera as the cause to the rise in graft.
Kachali said revelations in recent reports are a clear example that anybody in the country can be exposed to corruption and that everyone, therefore, needs to play their role in fighting the vice.
He made the remarks at this year’s July 20 memorial service that was held at Zolozolo Cemetery in Mzuzu City. The former vice president was guest of honour at the event.
This is an annual event where family members and other interested sections commemorate the lives of 20 killed during the anti-government demonstrations in July 2011.
Kachali, who is also Freedom Party leader and in the nine-party Tonse Alliance, said fighting corruption cannot be one man’s show.
“In Malawi, we fail to achieve some things because we leave such things to the President. We cannot leave everything to Chakwera. The fight needs collective efforts. No one should be left behind,” he said.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of National Unity, Elizabeth Chindevu, said as one way of curbing conflicts that mostly culminate in violence, the ministry is coming up with a Peace and Unity Commission that will have committees in the districts to handle misunderstandings before they go out of hand.
“We hope small issues that mostly lead into serious misunderstandings will be resolved before they broaden,” Chindevu said.
A representative of the families of the 20, Mercy Mbezuma, wondered why Chakwera seems to be no longer interested in the event.
“We were walking together when he was in opposition and he was coming to these events. We are surprised that now it seems the event has become unimportant to the President,” Mbezuma said.