The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Friday launched a Fraud and Corruption Prevention Policy that aims at driving the institution into a fraud and corrupt free entity.
The launching ceremony took place at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe under the theme “Zero Tolerance on Fraud and Corruption in Energy Regulation.”
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining Aggrey Masi presided over the launch and said the policy is so empowering to the effective operations of MERA in curbing fraud and corruption in the energy sector.
“MERA is at the heart of government’s efforts in ending energy challenges in the country. As such, it is extremely important for the authority to carry out its duties with integrity and transparency.
“This policy will ensure that all areas needing critical attention as far as fighting fraud and corruption is concerned are effectively looked at,” he said.
Among other things, the policy mandates MERA and its stakeholders to prevent, detect, report and investigate fraud and corrupt activities at all levels of its operations.
Board chair for MERA Reverend Dr. Joseph Bvumbwe called for proper coordination among relevant stakeholders in the implementation of the policy.
“The successes of this policy depend on the involvement of all players. MERA is ready to take a lead and join forces with all people of goodwill in fighting corruption in this country,” Bvumbwe said.
He added that the authority is committed to ensure that the policy yields the desired results.
Said Bvumbwe: “Our commitment starts from at the level of board of directors. We have so many initiatives already in place to make sure MERA is a corrupt free organization and that people are aware of the consequences once they engage in corrupt practices.”
Other provisions in the policy include a free tipoff anonymous component whereby people are encouraged to report suspicious activities via the number 847 for Airtel, TNM and Access subscribers, and 8000 0847 for those on MTL.
Development of the policy was done in partnership with the country’s graft busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).