The Anti-Corruption Bureau, ACB, is strongly convinced that Malawi can eradicate the vice if stakeholders are committed in the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy.
Also known as NACS, the strategy came into effect in 2009. NACS according to ACB is a tool of involving stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
The ACB is of the opinion that the successful implementation of NACS will contribute to the achievement of good governance as stipulated in Malawi Government Development Goals.
This it says will result into sustainable economic growth and reduction of poverty in one of the world’s most corrupt and poorest nations.
ACB’s Corruption Prevention Officer says the Government Malawi developed the strategy with an objectives of promoting integrity, transparency, accountability and improving service delivery in all sectors.
The strategy also promotes the involvement of the public in fighting corruption.
Ezilon Kasoka points out that the ACB has 120 officers countrywide, who he says are overwhelmed.
These officers are incapable of doing their work effectively.
In a desperate move, the ACB established Institutional Integrity Committees at local government level.
He says the committees are taking a leading role in fostering integrity by public officers in district institutions.
While the bureau’s secretariat in Lilongwe, he adds, is spearheading implementation because of its technical knowledge in corruption.
The officer says the committees are mandated to build institutional capacity in the prevention of corruption and decentralisation of responsibility.
Apart from providing technical support in the functioning of committees, he adds, the ACBwill make follow ups, monitor the implementation of activities this aside receiving and analysing quarterly reports.
Kasoka is very certain that the public will closely work with the Institutional Integrity Committees in strengthening corruption prevention and promoting integrity in the public sector.