Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) has commended President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for his commitment to reactivate Malawi’s membership to Open Government Partnership (OGP) by the end of this year.
OGP is a multilateral initiative that aims to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance.
Malawi joined the OGP in 2013 and has since submitted only one National NAP running from 2016 to 2018. The country has not submitted any other NAP since then and no country assessment report.
OGP enables using international tools and standards of prevention of corruption from taking place rather than waiting for punishment and prosecution after the damage has already been done.
CHRR Executive Director Michael Kaiyatsa, in a statement issued on Tuesday morning, said the civil society welcomes Chakwera’s directive to the Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Collen Zamba, to initiate the process of reactivating Malawi’s membership to the OGP.
“The need to reactivate Malawi’s commitment is more compelling when you consider that much of the plunder against our nation involves international transactions and the externalization of our resources. CHRR urges President Chakwera to walk the talk on his commitment by making sure that an action plan is developed with public consultation within the 5 months’ period, and that the government commits to independent reporting on its progress going forward,” said Kaiyatsa in the statement.