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Lazarus Chakwera says corruption retards development

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KAWALE—Declare war on corruption

President Lazarus Chakwera has said his administration will continue to stand firm against corruption, faulting the vice for retarding national socio-economic development efforts.

The President said this yesterday in Lilongwe during the farewell ceremony of Reverend Winston Kawale, who has served Nkhoma Synod for 40 years.

“People should learn to take care of one another if the country is to move forward. The country is losing a lot of lives not only through Covid. There is a lot of work to do in dealing with corruption in the country. On this one, we must work together and report the vice always,” Chakwera said.

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In his sermon, Kawale said a multi-sectoral approach was key to addressing problems that come about due to corruption.

“Problems facing the country are mostly emanating from corruption. The country has poor roads, few school blocks for learners, just to mention a few.

“Let us, as a nation, declare war on corruption. We say our country is a God-fearing nation but I say no. The country is not a God-fearing nation, evidenced by the mischief happening around,” Kawale said.

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Hundreds of people attended the retirement ceremony, which was marked by prayers, singing, gift-sharing and speeches.

Kawale held myriad positions in Nkhoma Synod, including that of general secretary from 2001 to 2007.

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