Acting director for Mpemba Staff Development Institute (SDI), Owen Mutega, has said the country does not need a workforce that is only skilled and knowledgeable, but also dedicated and committed.
Mutega said this in Blantyre yesterday during the signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between SDI and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for the former to incorporate courses on corruption in its curriculum.
“It is very unfortunate that the public service, which is expected to bring out tangible results, is perceived negatively due to its unethical conduct as evidenced by declining quality of service delivery,” he said.
Mutega said the partnership between the two institutions will continuously raise awareness on corruption with the aim of preventing, detecting and reporting corrupt practices.
ACB director general Rezine Mzikamanda said corruption is an ill that requires joint efforts to fight it.
He said ACB has partnered with SDI because all sectors—public, private, civil society and the media—send their officers to the institute for training.
“We have been in a working relationship with SDI for the past 10 years through various courses it has been offering to its clientele but the relationship was not systematic hence we decided to come up with the memorandum of understanding which is valid for six years and subject to renewal,” said Mzikamanda.
According to ACB, the 2013 corruption perception index ranked Malawi at 91 down from 88 in 2012 while the score remained at 37 out of 100.