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    The past three years are the most successful in the battle against corruption for the 25 years the Anti Corruption Bureau has been in existence, says the bureau’s director general Martha Chizuma.

    Speaking on Thursday during the Anti Corruption Symposium 2023 Chizuma attributed the success to tangible political will from President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera. Since assuming office, Chakwera has been in the forefront leading the fight against corruption through a number of interventions from administrative and legal perspectives.

    “It is during your presidency that space has been provided for Malawians to genuinely face and confront the depth and ugliness of this vice of corruption in this country,” she said.

    She added that it is also Chakwera’s our that has not shied away from bringing Malawians together many times over just like it has happened with the symposium in Lilongwe.

    Chizuma said such gatherings facilitate honest and open discussions about the vice of corruption.

    Chizuma: ACB has achieved more in three of the past 25 years

    She also said Chakwera’s leadership has had to make some uncomfortable decisions just so that the anti corruption fight is advanced.

    “Our confidence further comes from the fact that 25 years later the mandate of the Bureau remains intact. If anything the reviews and amendments that have taken place have only been to strengthen the Anti-Corruption fight the latest one being the removal of the requirement for consent from the DPP to prosecute anti-corruption cases,” said Chizuma.

    She added: “Over and above there have been some other developments in the legal and policy frameworks like the Financial Crimes Act which has revolutionalised asset recovery efforts, Beneficial ownership regulations to help control procurement corruption, the process of coming up with whistle blower legislation and the life style audits manual, the development of anti corruption source book for primary schools in Malawi just to mention a few.”

    Also speaking during a panel discussion at the same event, European Union Ambassador to Malawi Rune Skinnebach gave Chakwera kudos for staying the course to end corruption at all levels of society. He went on to link these efforts by the President as the reason behind goodwill from the international community.

    EU Ambassador Skinnebach: Chakwera’s government is doing more to end corruption

    Malawi recently received a boost from the International Monetary Fund via an approval of a new Extended Credit Facility worth $174 million. In the follow up to the approval, many Western governments and institutions have came in with hundreds of millions of dollars to help the economy.

    Skinnebach strongly hinted that the EU will resume direct budgetary support to Malawi following the IMF’s gesture.

    The two-day Anti Corruption symposium- Malawi 2023 was held under the theme “Rethinking Anti-Corruption Approaches for Malawi 2063”.


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