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Michael Usi asks artists to use culture to fight corruption

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As stakeholders congregated at Sunbird Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre yesterday during the Anti-Corruption conference, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife Michael Usi has asked creatives in the country to take up a leading role to use culture to fight corruption.

Usi made the call during the Miss Culture Malawi 2022 beauty pageant held at Amaryllis Hotel in Blantyre on Saturday.

“As artists, we need to take a lead role in fighting corruption. We are there to entertain but we are key in the fight against corruption and we hold the keys especially in using culture to change everything,” the minister, who is a renowned comedian and actor, said.

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Usi said culture is vital because “it talks of the way we live, do things and it includes the way we fight corruption”.

“We should not tolerate corruption. When we talk about corruption we also need to look at culture. This time corruption is eating into the very DNA of our culture, corruption has become part of Malawi’s culture and so, it must be rejected,” he said.

He then called upon the newly crowned Miss Culture Malawi, Memory Sanjira to market Malawi and speak out on the evils of corruption.

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With the Miss Culture Malawi running under the theme Collective Culture in Conquering Cancer, Usi said it was important for the organisers to highlight cancer awareness but urged them to also add corruption fight to their menu.

Recently Anti-Corruption Bureau Director (ACB) Martha Chizuma also said creatives have a huge role to play in the fight against corruption saying as crowd pullers, they can utilise their space to bring awareness to the people.

She said they have a public education unit at ACB that indicated was open to work with creatives.

Chizuma patronised a play titled Bwabwalala in Lilongwe which was staged by Waz Arts Theatre. The play which tackles issues including corruption and was written by Suzgo Chitete, goes to Grand Palace Hotel in Mzuzu this coming Sunday.

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