Communities in Sub-Traditional Authority (ST/A) Chisovya in Rumphi have asked the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to intensify corruption awareness campaigns in the district.
Speaking on Tuesday when the ACB engaged communities at Ng’onga, village head Makulandi said corruption affects the poor most.
“The poor are the most affected because they do not have resources to offer to get the services they want. Therefore, the ACB should enhance public awareness on the evils of corruption and how people can report the vice to authorities,” he said.
Makulandi also urged his subjects to desist from corruption, saying the vice retards development.
On his part, village head Chimwazanyama said the messages were important for people in rural areas who know little about how the vice compromises development.
Earlier in the day, the ACB engaged students from Ng’onga Community Day Secondary School.
The school’s head teacher John Kanyenda Banda said it was important for children to learn about corruption for them to become good citizens when they grow up.
“Learning about corruption at a young age will help to instill a culture of integrity among them,” he said.
One of the students, Immaculate Pelekamoyo, said she was now well informed about corruption and how it affects development.
“I will spread the message against corruption,” she said.
ACB senior civic education officer Boniface Ng’oma said he was satisfied with interest shown by the audience to learn about corruption.