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Empower Anti-Corruption Bureau, others—envoy

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New British High Commissioner to Malawi, Holly Tett, has called on government to empower investigation agencies like the Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU).

Tett presented her letters of credence to President Peter Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Tuesday and the two had discussions which centred on different areas of Malawi and Britain’s cooperation.

In an interview after the meeting with Mutharika, Tett said the two had also discussed the humanitarian crisis in Malawi a situation compounded by adverse weather conditions.

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She said her country remains committed to assisting Malawi through different means, particularly in response to the hunger crisis and other problems that Malawians are facing.

“It was a fruitful discussion where I expressed to the President our desire to see Malawi do well in all aspects of her people. We remain committed to assisting Malawi in different sectors including food security and education,” said the British envoy.

She also mentioned that her country’s assistance to Malawi totalling millions of pounds to address the current humanitarian crisis, further cements the cordial relationship that exists between the two countries.

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The British envoy, however, did not say anything regarding whether her country would be resuming direct budgetary support to Malawi which was suspected in 2013 following the plunder of public funds dubbed Cashgate.

“The President also explained to me the reforms that his government is undertaking and I think these are good for turning around many things regarding how the country progresses. We support the reforms,” Tett said.

Asked why she had also discussed issues of financial management which continue taking centre stage in Malawi, Tett said it was another issue which she presented to the President.

“We talked about providing adequate resources to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, the Financial [Intelligence] Unit and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions and that these institutions should be properly managed.

“This will allow Malawians to have confidence in the institutions because issues of financial management are very important to every country’s development,” said Tett.

On the same day, Mutharika also received letters of credence from new Japanese Ambassador to Malawi, Kae Yanagisawa, who said her country will continue assisting Malawi in different areas of development including education, health, transport and food security.

The Japanese envoy also disclosed that her country would concentrate on human resource development for Malawians “because every development becomes possible with workers who are skilled in different areas”.

Tett has succeeded former High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin, while Yanagisawa has succeeded Shuichiro Nishioka. The tours of duty for the two envoys came to their respective ends last year.

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