Some social and governance commentators have urged the administration of President Lazarus Chakwera to swiftly investigate and prosecute all officials who might have been involved in mismanagement of public funds in the immediate-past administration.
The commentators have dismissed claims by some sectors including former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) officials who are accusing the new government of witch-hunting.
Executive Director of the Center for Social Accountability and Transparency, Willy Kambwandira, said it is important that all corruption cases relating to former government officials are dealt with decisively to act as a warning to others who might want to engage in similar acts in the future.
“It is sad that some people are hiding under the veil of political persecution. We expect the new government to take decisive and tough steps to fight corruption. There should be no selective justice. Those that feasted on public funds should face the law,” Kambwandira said.
He also acknowledged the idea that Malawi needs to move on from the political turmoil that prevailed after the May 2019 elections.
However, Kambwandira said Malawi should not pursue peace and stability at the expense of the fight against corruption.
“It is our expectation that the new government will recover the stolen money and property to ensure that people who are currently holding positions in the government should be deterred from indulging in corruption. Corruption is evil,” he said.
Moses Mkandawire who is Executive Director of Church and Society Programme, a governance arm of Church of Central Africa Presbyterian Livingstonia Synod, has also urged the new administration to fully empower the Anti- Corruption Bureau to that it thoroughly investigates and prosecute everyone involved in corruption.
“We hope that the new government will adopt a proposal to have a separate court that will prosecute all corruption-related. Corruption fight should be prioritised. We don’t expect people to think that they are being targeted. If they are clean, they should not be afraid,” he said.
Recently, the DPP leadership led by Secretary General Grezelder Jeffrey and Publicity Secretary Nicholas Dausi alleged at a press conference that the party has information that the new administration wants to arrest some DPP leaders on tramped-up charges.
The party appealed to the international community to intervene and stop the arrests.
However, Mkandawire believes that people who committed various crimes should be prosecuted in spite of their political and social status.