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Judge dares Anti- Corruption Bureau staff on integrity

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Martha Chizuma

High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale has challenged Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) staff members to discharge their duties with highest integrity.

Kachale was speaking in Lilongwe on Monday during an Ethics and Integrity Training for ACB officers based in the Central region.

According to Kachale, ACB is crucial in the fight against corruption in the country, hence the need for its staff to be ethical and discharge their duties with integrity.

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He said if ACB staff members are unethical and do not act based on standards and values, Malawi does not stand a chance to win the fight against corruption.

Kachale observed that ACB has the responsibility to discipline those members of staff that are not adhering to standards and values, saying charity begins at home, especially for an institution that takes other people to account.

ACB Director General Martha Chizuma said anti-corruption and integrity cannot be separated from each other.

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“They are simply different sides of the same coin. Without integrity in the Bureau our credibility and legitimacy are affected. When our credibility and integrity is affected, public confidence in the Bureau is eroded and that has negative impact on the anti-corruption fight.

“Our job involves pointing out other people’s corrupt acts. We cannot do that with conviction if we are corrupt ourselves. That is why we set aside this ACB ethics and integrity day today to reflect on all these issues,” Chizuma said.

The training attracted over 100 ACB staff members.

Recently, some ACB officials were named among the list of beneficiaries in the British businessman Zuneth Sattar case.

Asked what the bureau has done with the staff members involved, Chizuma said the matter is still under investigations.

The ACB training comes just two days after a Global Ethics Day commemoration in Blantyre where officials, including Chizuma herself and Ombudsman Grace Malera, said disregard to ethics that govern different professions is among the main drivers of corruption and maladministration in both government and private sectors.

Participants to the conference said if regard to ethics was paramount among duty bearers and Malawians at large, corruption and maladministration would have reduced in the country.

“Where organizations are indulging in unethical conduct, it leads to a lot of maladministration. It is only when people start adhering to the ethics of their professions that we will see maladministration reducing,” Malera said at the conference.

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