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‘Fight corruption at community level’

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By Imam Wali:

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has urged stakeholders to mobilise people against corruption from the grassroots to the top level.

ACB Deputy Director Eliah Bodole said taking the fight against corruption to the grassroots will help the country fight it from all angles.

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He made the sentiments on Monday in Dedza District during the inauguration of Africa Anti-Corruption Day, which falls on July 11, this year being commemorated under the theme ‘Mindset Change Key to Improved Public Service Delivery’.

“The fight against corruption should spread across the whole Malawi. We feel that we should give a chance to the rural masses, town councils and all others so that we can really address the problem of corruption,” Bodole said.

He said the bureau has been facing challenges, among them lack of resources.

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The bureau’s budget has been pegged at K5 billion, which he described as insufficient.

Dedza District Commissioner Emmanuel Bambe said the district is doing everything possible to address the problem of corruption, citing the involvement of traditional leaders in sensitisation campaigns.

“Dedza District is making sure that there is no corruption during the procurement of services and products,” he said.

The commemoration started with a panel discussion on Friday.

The African Union launched Africa Anti-Corruption Day in 2003.

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