The Director of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Martha Chizuma has revealed that there has always been corruption in the country dating back to decades.
Chizuma was speaking on Tuesday at the end of a two-day National Anti-Corruption Conference at Mount Soche Hotel in Blantyre
Chizuma said that people seem to conclude that there is more corruption in the country now because corruption has been reported more because of President Lazarus Chakwera’s stance of not covering up the corruption cases.
Chizuma said apart from the pollical consciousness of the citizenry which demand accountability on issues and on n how corruption is being dealt with, President Chakwera’s has created an environment which allow the law enforcement agencies to operate without interference.
“One thing that requires clarification though is that much as there seems to be more reporting and more revelation of corruption at the moment the fact is that corruption itself has been this bad for decades in this country,” said Chizuma.
Chizuma said people seem to conclude that there is more corruption in the country because of President Chakwera’s decision of letting Malawians made aware the extent of corruption in the country through the media.
She said apart from the politically conscious citizenry which demand accountability on how corruption is being dealt with in the country, it is President Chakwera’s commitment for creating a conducive environment for all the law enforcing agencies to work free without interference that has exposed the reality of corruption levels.
Said Chizuma: ”The reason the country seem to be more inundated with corruption incidences now can safely be attributed to a very awoke citizenry that is demanding accountability at every turn and corner, most importantly though is an environment that the Tonse-Alliance led government led by Yourself Your Excellency has created not to cover such incidences and feed the country with convenient truth by allowing Malawians to face the ugly reality of the problem and providing an environment which allow different law enforcement agencies to deal with the problems head on.”
The two-day Conference which reflected on the theme “Resetting out Moral Tone” drew together stakeholders from diverse background such as the Judiciary, Private Sector, the media, the academia, the Civil Society, the youth, faith bases organizations and Chiefs.