By Nick Kayange, MANA
The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) says cannot solely fight corruption as such it requires support from other entities such as the civil society organisations (CSOs).
ACB’s senior public education officer, Andrew Usi said this Friday when he engaged leaders of various CSOs in Zomba on a day-long workshop to sensitise the CSOs on the National Anti-Corruption Strategy 11.
The interface was to encourage the CSOs to join in the fight against corruption, saying the non-state actors have the capacity to easily mainstream anti-corruption education in their community focus activities.
“Ending corruption in the country is not an easy job, it needs collaboration from various sectors,” he said. “While the ACB and other government agencies are doing their best role to end corruption, the civil society can play a role.”
Vice-chairperson for Zomba CSO Network, Oscar Lihoma assured the ACB of the network’s support, saying the they have a role to play in ensuring that resources meant for Malawians are put to good use.
“We’re glad that this meeting has enlightened us on all forms of corruption and we’ve seen the role we can play as non-state actors because all along we thought fighting corruption was the duty of the ACB,” he said.
Association of People Living with Albinism in Malawi (APAM) district chairperson, William Masapi described the workshop as an eye-opener and promised that the association would join the fight corruption.
“We have some cases of abduction of our fellow person with albinism that are taking long to be concluded due to corruption,” he said.
Masapi said the training empowered the association to follow up unconcluded cases and to demand explanations why the cases are taking too long to finish.
The ACB is holding series of National Anti-Corruption Strategy II awareness meetings with, the media, government officials, CSOs, traditional and faith leaders among others to solicit their support in the fight against corruption.