Newly elected councillors have been urged to fight against corruption in district councils as one way of curbing the looting of public funds at national level.
The plea was made on Tuesday by Principal Secretary for Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development Kester Kaphaizi during the official opening of a councillors’ orientation workshop at Mponela in Dowa.
Kaphaizi said corruption dents the country’s relationship with the international community, hence the need for councillors to spearhead the fight against the vice.
‘’Government is in the middle of dealing with a massive corruption scandal, dubbed Cashgate, which has tarnished its relations with the international community.
‘’In the same manner, councils have similar [corruption] incidences which destroy trust between them and citizens,” said Kaphaizi.
He, therefore, asked councillors to help stamp out corruption from the government system through what he called “oversight function”.
Similar workshops are running in four other places, Mzuzu, Salima, Zomba and Blantyre.
The Mponela workshop involved councillors from Kasungu, Ntchisi and Dowa.