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‘Transparency, accountability key to corruption eradication’

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NAPHIYO— People should be empowered

As stakeholders continue to raise awareness on the demerits of corruption, ahead of World Anti- Corruption Day, the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust and Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) have underscored the need for transparency and accountability in national development.

The emphasis was made during a live program on Times Television (TTV), Times Radio and Times 360 Malawi, which Nice organised to sensitise people to the dangers of corruption.

Speaking in the program, Southern Region Nice Coordinator Christopher Naphiyo said the trust promotes democracy and good governance, which have transparency and accountability as a component.

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He said the public needed to understand that they could hold duty-bearers accountable.

“This will prompt duty-bearers to be transparent to end corruption and bring about development.

“People should be empowered to practice what they hear from Nice because we advocate good governance,” Naphiyo said.

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Agreeing with Naphiyo on sensitising people, Principal Education Officer at ACB Patrick Thole said, in the past, activities used to be held in one day but they have settled for a month to reach a wider audience with messages.

“People should be aware that corruption [comes in many forms]. For example, sometimes unqualified people can be hired, because of corruption, to handle a certain development project—which means they cannot perform satisfactorily,” he said.

One of the callers who identified himself as Bible M’manja from Mzimba said, apart from citizens holding duty-bearers accountable, duty-bearers also needed to embrace change because they were most of the times the genesis of corruption.

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