LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow)—Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera, who is also the leader of opposition in parliament, has taken a swipe at the Peter Mutharika led administration for failing to tackle corruption decisively.
Chakwera’s remarks come following the latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International (TI)
He said said the nation is integrity challenged with the worsening corruption according to the CPI.
“We are integrity challenged. We talk of integrity but what we do, does not match what we say,” said Chakwera in interview with Capital Radio during Daybreak Malawi program.
“The fight against corruption is more less lost even before we start because we have allowed ourselves to lose our moral capital or even sacrifice our moral capital for political survival or political expediency,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said the leaders have talked too much about corruption but no action has been taken to match their words.
Commenting on the matter, outspoken general secretary of CCAP Livingstonia Synod Rev Levi Nyondo observed that the fight against corruption is bent towards victimizing the poor only, leaving the elites enjoying the public funds with no regard.
He concurred with president of Malawi Law Society, Mr John Suzi Banda that “there is bankruptcy of leadership in the fight against corruption.”
Governance and youth rights advocate Mr Charles Kajoloweka said the Mutharika administration has demonstrated to be “not only corrupt but also incompetent in fighting corruption.”
Kajoloweka said: “We are worried that DPP is becoming a party of darkness associated with executive arrogance, intimidation and corruption which they never explain. We, however, do not believe that President Mutharika is willing to sustain this dangerous status quo.”
He said the CSOs shall continue to discharge its patriotic and impartial watchdog role on corruption cases.