LILONGWE ( VOA) – The leader of Malawi said this month that hisadministration is working to end corruption by ensuringaccountability and preventing financial crimes.
President Arthur Peter Mutharika said he will not accept corruption. He also said he wants to reestablish aculture where people take responsibility for theiractions.
Donor support provides money for nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s budget. But much of that financial support has been withdrawn.
Government officials wereaccused of stealing millions of dollars in public money. Malawi economistssay the country suffers from high inflation and the falling value of its money.
President Mutharika spoke with VOA. He said Malawi’s main foreignexchange earner, tobacco, is also facing problems. He says his governmentis taking steps to strengthen the economy and the country.
The president has restricted local and international travel for all government officials. He said themeasure will save the government about $20 million.
Malawians are experiencing electrical outages and tap water shortages,which some say could hurt Mutharika’s re-election campaign. Thepresident said his administration is looking at different ways to produce moreenergy.
The publication African Review reported that Mr. Mutharika was among thetop 10 African presidents with high pay compared to the average earnings intheir countries.
But he has denied that his pay is hurting Malawi’s economy. He says parliament raised the wages of lawmakers, which also raised his salary.
The President added that he, the vice-president and other Cabinet officials will not take the money until the economy improves