The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has urged journalists from the Central Region to join the fight against corruption to make the country corrupt-free.
Speaking in Salima on Wednesday when she addressed journalists from Nkhotakota, Ntcheu and Salima districts during a workshop on corruption, ACB principal public relations officer Egritta Ndala said most people are not aware of damages that corruption causes to the country.
“We need to make people fully understand our roles and how ACB operates to relieve the institution from high public expectations which result in outcry if some corruption cases and investigations end up contrary to what the masses expect,” she said.
Ndala said the media is the biggest tool that should be utilised to assist in raising awareness so that many people understand how ACB operates.
She added that proper reporting of corruption cases with facts and objectivity will help deter people from indulging in corrupt practices.
On National Anti-Corruption Strategy II (NACS 2), Ndala said there has been some improvement in terms of the strategy’s outcome compared to the previous one.
Salima district information officer Fostina Mkandawire expressed satisfaction with the direction the ACB has taken considering that the media is one of the big players in the fight against corruption.
She urged fellow journalists to write stories that expose corruption and inform people about the evils of corruption.
“Corruption derails development and mostly, affects poor people. As journalists, our duty is to serve people by relaying corruption messages from ACB and making them aware of how they can report the vice,” said Mkandawire.
NACS II serves as the blueprint for Malawi’s aspirations for a corrupt-free society and takes a holistic approach that involves all sectors to fight against corruption as it strengthens the rule of law.