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Corruption impairs good governance

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Malawi’s addiction to corruption requires shared responsibility in its eradication, with citizens becoming active participants.

This is because corruption is a roadblock to progress, impairs good governance, impedes socio-economic growth and, in general, jeopardises the country’s long-term development.

Malawi, for example, is fully aware of Phase Two of the Southern African Development Community Framework for Agenda 2050.

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The period 2021-2050 is set out in the agenda to focus on diversification and increased productivity and competitiveness in the region. Competition vanishes when corruption reigns.

Corruption has unmistakably resulted in political, moral and economic disasters in poor countries such as Malawi.

Unfortunately, many people believe that it is primarily the role of the government to curb and prevent corruption. This is not true. Citizens should commit to sharing responsibility in the fight against corruption.

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People’s rights should be prioritised at all times. However, corruption obliterates that right.

Many people have been duped as a result of corruption. Those with access to bribe-paying channels benefit, preventing equal competition and equal rights. We, as a country, have a responsibility to eliminate corruption and restore justice.

For the Agenda 2050 to be realised, Malawi must take seriously the issue of competitiveness espoused in the Sadc framework.

Companies, industries, organisations and institutions must compete equally in the production of commodities, services and the like for any nation to grow and develop. Corruption should not be allowed to stifle competition.

The poor, unfortunately, are the biggest victims of corruption. They are more reliant on government services and are unable to cover the additional costs associated with bribery, fraud and other forms of corruption.

As a result, corruption is a significant impediment to economic and social development. In this sense, corruption leads to inequity, inefficiency, citizen distrust in the government, waste of public resources and discouragement of citizens.

Certainly, Malawi should practise self-control as a necessary component of a successful anti-corruption campaign. To put it another way, moral renewal is required.

Furthermore, organisational anti-corruption devices can only succeed in eradicating corruption if there is political will to do so. Religious leaders may be in a better position to instil morals in the hearts of Malawi’s people and residents.

When it comes to government service, the modern concept of corruption is restricted to the abuse of entrusted power, which says a lot. Serving in the government is a great responsibility.

Public service is a country’s life-blood. There is no justification for abusing public positions and not everyone is capable of carrying out their responsibilities with honesty. We should be aware of the situation because corruption is a threat to morality.

We, as a country, we must always be aware of the embarrassment and sadness that corruption brings. It is a shame for the government when public services are not supplied owing to corrupt practices.

When donors suspend funding, however, it is a source of grief for both the government and the people.

Corruption cases in Malawi, according to reports, are still alarming. We are told Covid funds were misappropriated and that the fisheries sector is reeking of corruption.

If corruption persists, it is highly unlikely that Malawi will fulfil goals outlined in the Agenda 2063.

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