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DPP ready to fight corruption

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Lilongwe, Malawi: President Professor Peter Mutharika says his government is capable of transforming the civil service particularly in curbing

Mutharika was speaking when he was presiding over the official opening of the 45th Session of

Parliament and Provisional Budget Meeting where he also delivered a statement on where Malawi stands as a nation.

In explaining his plans for the future, Mutharika said one of the major issues his office will work on is dealing with corruption

among civil servants.“Mr. Speaker, Sir, corruption is evil as it deprives the people of Malawi, particularly the poor, of their legitimate right to economic prosperity by diverting resources meant for

socio ­economic development into the pockets of a few greedy individuals.

President of Malawi Peter Muntharika

President of Malawi Peter Muntharika

It also scares away potential investors. My Administration will, therefore, maintain zero tolerance to

corruption, fraud, theft and any other economic crime. There will be no sacred cows! Indeed, there will be no untouchables!”

He said in fighting corruption, his administration will prosecute all public officers and private sector individuals involved in the

mismanagement of public resources “we will also enhance the capacity of governance institutions including the Auditor

General’s Office, the Anti- Corruption Bureau, the Financial Intelligence Unit and the Public Accounts Committee”

“Mr. Speaker, Sir, the recent revelations of the Cash gate Scandal in which unscrupulous individuals stole huge sums of

money from Government coffers brought to light serious laxity in the adherence to laid down rules and regulations. To this

end, the DPP ­led Government will put in place rigid measures aimed at preventing a repeat of this.”

Members of Parliament on Monday put Malawi Congress Party’s Richard Msowoya as Speaker, Independent member Esther

Mcheka Chilenje as Deputy Speaker and United Democratic Front’s Clement Chiwaya as Second Deputy Speaker.

Malawi Congress Party President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is Leader

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