Govt wants to know if corruption is real

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Government is holding a conference in Lilongwe where officials and experts are examining whether corruption in Malawi is real or imagined.

The conference is being held amid calls for the Democratic Progressive Party government to do more in fighting the vice.

Dubbed the National Anti-Corruption Conference, the meeting which started on Thursday at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe will be officially opened by President Peter Mutharika today.

“The Conference has been jointly organised by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs under the theme: Corruption in Malawi: Reality or Perception.

“[It] brings together stakeholders from across the country to discuss and assess the roles each sector plays in the fight against corruption and determine the direction which the Nation should take going forward,” says a government statement.

The statement adds that the springboard for this dialogue stems from a sense of soul-searching and acknowledgement of the reality of the vice of corruption in all sectors.

President Peter Mutharika recently admitted that corruption in the country is real and Malawians must come together to curb the malpractice.

But critics say Mutharika is not doing enough to fight the vice.

They point out his late firing of George Chaponda as agriculture minister  after accusations that he was involved in corrupt conduct during the procurement of maize from Zambia.

Meanwhile, renowned writer and social commentator Onjezani Kenani has condemned the conference suggesting that it cannot be regarded as an achievement in the war against the vice.

“They have gathered at the Bingu International Conference Centre to talk about corruption over tea and lunch. They have even invited Kenya’s PLO Lumumba to deliver his usual great speeches against corruption. Talking is all there is. After that, they will make reports in glossy covers, pointing to this talkshop as one of the major achievements in the fight against corruption,” he wrote on Facebook.

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  1. There is no gvt worldwide put to an end corruption. Only what hurts is that,the poor nation Malawi is,the leaders utilise the same gvt money for their own benefits.

  2. Kkkkkkkk I thought you want to see how much money is the people who are working in government are stealing from poor people thorough corruption? Is their any government office that is not involved in corruption in this country starting from the police, immigration the best in corruption up to all

  3. Kodi akati boma chiyani?Nkhani yoti Chaponda yemwe anali nduna yazamalimidwe anaba chimanga pamapeto nkukathira moto ku office yake kuti asokoneze umboni nzabodza?Ife tilibe maso kuti mwina sitinamve kapena kuwona?Macashgate tsiku ndi tsiku kumaoffisi aboma lero paloponse kuyambira ku road traffic ku immigration ngakhale nzipatala zaboma kuti uthandizidwe mwamsanga pafunika upise mthumba.Ngati boma lili chitsulo ndakhulululuka koma ngati ndi anthu ndikuti musamalowetse ndale pankhani yoti ngakhale mwana angathe ukuona kapena mwina tidziti kuti akukayikawa kuti kulidi katangale nkutheka mwina alikuchimbudzi a kunyera azindikira akamaliza ndi nkodzo pamtumbo

  4. This openly shows that the current regime has no clue on how to manage issues dealing with corruption.
    I remember it was here read and I quote””Government admits there is a massive corruption in Govt Departments”
    And what’s this conference for??
    Please you Politicians stop playing with our minds. ..you are honorable and some of you are Doctors/Phds and Professors but that conference is useless and nonsense
    You hav already heard what people we are saying on this platform. ..Go visit the IMMIGRATION, ESCOM, ROAD TRAFFIC, ROADBLOCKS, from there you will be the ones to tell us…

  5. what is that “if corruption is real”? misalatu iyi.the money for the conference wouldn’t been used for something else.if they find a solution than it’s okey.

  6. Today I was at court in Lilongwe and overheard a poor family discussing as to where to get the money. I heard them saying Magistrate who is presiding over the case is demanding K600,000 to give bail to a straight forward case of theft by servant at a shop. The state prosecutor is demanding K200,000 for him to bring the issue back to court. The police car driver needs K100,000 to take their relative from Maula Prison to court and some charges I have even forgotten but there were totaling to K1million. The court guys told them point blank that if they don’t comply they should forget about the release on bail of their relative. I only hope that Anti Corruption Bureau officers do not demand as such. If corruption starts with those who are supposed to deliver justice, so how about at Police, Road Traffic, In hospitals, Malawi Revenue Authority? This has to start with willingness of the head of state, look at how he is handling Chaponda issue? Look at how he is handling Salima-Lilongwe Water issue, look at Northern Region Water Board issue, as if that is not enough look at Civil Servants hospital in Capital Hill, look at how vandalism is taking place in Capital Hill: all the solar electricity provided by Japanese government and capital Hill fence burglars bars has been vandalized in the full view of police. Look at vandalized fence of BICC. MALAWI is rotten with corruption all over. Go to our borders especially Dedza and Mchinji: they demand K5,000 for them to stamp in your passport. Every government institution is corrupt and corrupt. It is an insult to Malawians to have the whole 79 year old president to officially open a meeting just to discuss if Malawi is indeed corrupt or not. Mr president please be serious with our very very poor country of Malawi. The best you can do is ask Botswana, Rwanda and Tanzania presidents to teach you how to develop your tiny country and how to deal with corruption. Mr president please be serious and don’t raise our BP with your way of running our country. I CRY FOR MALAWI

  7. a simple trip to ACB could have sufficed but corruption is so entrenched in the minds of most malawians so that corruption has to take place to investigate corruption.allowances for ten days are claimed for a meeting of two days and meals and accommodation for a hundred people are paid for for a meeting attended only by twenty.this is malawi and our official language is corruption.

  8. Gvt stop insulting citizens.u mean corruption issue is jst the imaginatio or illusion?this is abomination and rediculous to citizens pliz why r u trying to blind ford us satana aachite nanu ndithu!!!

  9. Dem people for so many times mmasukulu mukuchitika enrollment that is not basing on merit…..
    Malawi sazathela basi amwene……ythey are all morons..

  10. Hearing the Minister of Justice and the President speaking, i sence that as a country we will never win this cancer “corruption”. These two are very defensive of the current govt being corrupt. Now one wonders why holding the anti- corruption conference if this govt is not corrupt! And why bring in those blue clad handclappers as if it was a political rally? Dpp is far away from mindset change.

  11. They think that we Malawians are still sleeping. All they hav to knw is that we got our eyez open, we are the victims and we are the one to cast those votes in 2019! Dnt u feel xori with people that are dying because of lack of medication in the hospitalz? Why dnt u spend those allowances on buying medicines? Mukudyelatu, your final destination is hell!!!!

    • 2019 yachani man ife tikugonabe muĺi nonkha maso.ok sine wa DPP koma zomanyoza president mmmm muķuganiza kut iye azichita matha ndi zimenezo aaaaa ķomà athu ena chabwino ngat ali president pano povotaso mma office muzakhal zina lake ngat president wathawi imeneyo nde ngat mukut ndiwa corruption nde angaĺuze sono corruption izakhala ili kut ?hahaha koma guys tiźiganiza tiziķambilana zàmzeru koma kuñena zosathandiza ngat izi

  12. Stupid silly question. Who ever ask this question my go to Chaponda and ask him. Citizens have lost faith in police, judicial, ministers, now its MRA being used to fight DPP battle. If they doubt about that then its normal to them because they were born corrupt

  13. This is laughable…one of them should go today to immigration department…traffic…or just go to any branch that deals with financial compensation like for “road accidents”..or go to…Admarc depots..police…Justice system services….They don’t need a special conference to corruptly spend more money to discuss corruption.

  14. Does this really need some kind of examination? Those paper works will only waste more money as they’ll need allowances when they are doing their conference.The only best way of finding answers to their examination as you’ve put it is by doing investigative juanalism in the suspected ministries/departments.

  15. This is very backward thinking. With all the scandals surfacing everyday why should government still be doubting whether corruption is real or not???
    CORRUPTION IS VERY REAL IN ALMOST ALL AFRICAN COUNTRIES THAT I HAVE VISITED AND THESE ARE: ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE, MALAWI, TANZANIA, SOUTH AFRICA and CONGO DR.
    The only countries I visited and never noticed corruption was in NAMIBIA and BOTSWANA. In Namibia I was almost locked up when I tried to bribe a customs officer to give me preferential advantage when clearing my vehicle at Katima Mulilo border post. Then in Botswana I was caught over-speeding in Kasane and again the traffic officers were clearly strict and could not entertain any stories.
    JUST FORM A COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY COMPRISING MEMBERS FROM ALL POLITICAL PARTIES AND LET THEM UNEARTH THE MASSIVE CORRUPTION SCANDALS RIGHT UNDER OUR NOSES.

    • THE ONLY PROBLEM IS THAT WE WILL AGAIN FORM A COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY IN A CORRUPT MANNER BY PICKING CANDIDATES WHO WILL BE BRIBED TO HIDE OR NOT REVEAL THE SCANDALS BY THOSE HOLDING HIGHER OFFICES IN GOVERNMENT.