Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) has advised procurement and supply chain management professionals to “crack the whip” on all those contravening the code of conduct for procurement and supply.
Speaking at this year’s Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supply (Mips) annual dinner and dance in Blantyre on Friday, Icam president Henry Chowawa said corruption is denting many professional bodies in the country and there is need to fight it at all levels.
He said: “There are reports of high levels of corruption and unprofessional conduct. Corruption is denting image of professions; hence, Mips, as all other professional bodies, has an obligation to crack the whip.”
Mips acting president Bernadette Maele agreed with Chowawa on the fight against corruption, saying the recently launched Mips Act has provisions of fighting corruption and appealed to all professional bodies in the country to work together and get rid of corruption.
“Companies and organisations must hire well trained procurement and supply chain management professionals.
“It is punishable by law to use heads of departments or senior officers without professional knowledge to procure goods, works and services,” she said.