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Malawi Parliament for Rigorous Anti-Corruption Measures

Parliament has pledged to strengthen its internal processes and measures to prevent corruption among its rank and file and advocate for strong anti-corruption policies and laws at national level.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Parliament of Malawi Anti-Corruption Day in Lilongwe, Speaker of the House Catherine Gotani Hara said parliament will not relent, and will not spare anyone in the fight.

Hara said as a legislative arm of government, there is a need for them to tread carefully in treating the ‘cancer of corruption’, saying if not properly treated, it could easily retard their efforts in executing their job as MPs.

"As a legislature, there is a need for us to rededicate ourselves to fighting fraud and corruption. As such, we need to enact laws that promote the fight against corruption," said Gotani Hara.

Machinga Likwenu Member of Parliament Bright Msaka, who is also DPP Vice President in the Eastern Region, says leaders in this country are full of lip service, calling for action in the fight.

"We talk about corruption, and then the moment we have an opportunity, we become corrupt leaders. Leaders should lead by example by not just talking about it but refraining from it. Parliamentarians are leaders, and we have to be pillars in our constituencies," said Msaka.

Meanwhile, Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma has warned members of Parliament involved in corruption that they will not be spared.

"It's a fact that there are some members of parliament that are involved in corruption; there are sometimes perceptions out there that because you are a politician of this party, you will be protected, so I was just trying to dispel that.

“It is uncomfortable to investigate members of parliament, but that will not stop us from doing what we are supposed to do," warned Chizuma.

Members of parliament went out on the streets of Lilongwe on Wednesday morning, clad in golf shirts labeled ‘stop-corruption’ to speak out against corruption in the country as part of activities marking the Parliament of Malawi Anti-Corruption Day.

The idea of the day is to help raise awareness about the ills of corruption and the need for all to join the fight.

It came as the Anti-Corruption Bureau is also celebrating its 25 years of existence. 

The day was being commemorated under the theme Together Towards a Corruption-Free Malawi 2063.

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