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Minister challenges DRTSS on corruption

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Corruption, shortage of staff and inadequate funds are affecting operations of the Directorate of Road Traffic and Safety Services.

This was revealed Wednesday when Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works Nancy Mdooko visited the directorate’s Southern Region offices in Blantyre.

Speaking during the visit, the directorate’s Regional Manager for the South Christopher Kuyera said real and perceived corruption, shortage of staff and inadequate funds are affecting operations of the directorate in the region.

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But Kuyera said as a directorate, they are stamping out corruption in their system by among other things getting rid of middlemen.

”The way the system is operating now, there is no room for middlemen unless they are tolerated by the officers themselves. We have made it clear that we are not tolerating any form of corruption. Once anyone is caught it will be all for themselves,” he said.

Kuyera added that out of the 52 required technical staff, the office only has 22, a thing which proves difficult for the directorate to optimally offer its services.

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Mdooko toured the DRTSS Southern Regional offices in Blantyre after visiting a number of the directorate’s other establishments in the North and Centre.

She said she would then report her observations to her boss, Sidik Mia, to see how best they can help the directorate improve its services.

“Everyone knows that the Tonse Alliance government has a zero-tolerance approach on corruption. Those who are corrupt must stop immediately because they will not be spared,” she said.

Mdooko also visited Vehicle Inspection sites in Mangochi, Karonga and Chikwawa districts.

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