Malawi government has been told to put its house in order and gets serious on rooting out corruption at all levels after Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Tuesday that he is dismayed by reports of corruption in the construction industry and threatened to name and shame the culprits denting the sector’s image.
Chilima: Warns he would name and shame corrupt contractors
The vice president’s comments comes hot on theals of so many corrupt activities which are being conducted with impunity concerning taxpayer funded projects. But there is inaction by authorities due to inept Anti Corruption Bureau.
In its editorial comment titled ‘Walk the talk on corruption’, The Nation newspaper on Wednesday noted that there are numerous projects on which government has spent huge sums of money but there is little to show by way of deliverables.
It said the deep-rooted culture of malfeasance in the construction sector is exemplified by the many players from this sector in the ongoing Cashgate cases.
“As the Vice President rightly pointed out yesterday, corruption is not only tainting the image of the sector but also taking to ransom Malawians who are supposed to benefit from the projects. It is also a great disservice to the future generation,” reads the editorial comment in the paper.
It said VP Chilima’s threats to name and shame the culprits is not new or enough.
“What has been lacking all along is the resolve to crack the whip without looking at who is involved in the unethical conduct,” said the paper.
Chilima, who was appointed by President Peter Mutharika to be champion for the Construction Sector Transparency (CoST) initiative, has been urged to work with the National Construction Industry Council (NCIC) and the Ministry of Transport and Public Wirks to not only name and shame the corrupt gangsters in the sector but also ensure they face the law.
In his speech, Chilima called for action against those found on the wrong side of the law in the construction industry.
“I know there is indiscipline, corruption, bribery and a deep seated culture of allowances that is choking operations in the industry…There have been media revelations that projects which do not have provision for allowances suffer a lot because officials shun such projects,” said Chilima.
He continued: “This is uncalled for and morally wrong, to say the least. This has to stop. You are holding your country to a ransom at the expense of personal needs. Come to think about delayed projects”
Chilima wondered is such tendencies did not mwan delaying nd punishing future generations for sins they have not committed.
“Come to think about delayed projects like the Cancer Centre project, Phalombe Hospital, and Chikwawa Teachers Colleges,” said Chilima. “Aren’t we delaying our own development and punishing the future generation for the sins they haven’t committed?
“Think about the abandoned or delayed health centers, class room blocks. What and where is our conscious when we steal funds or frustrate projects that are purely meant to uplift the life of the poor citizen in the village or indeed across the country?”
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