The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has urged media practitioners to help the organization in the fight against corruption in the country.
Speaking during a media workshop involving journalists from Salima, Nkhotakota and Ntcheu districts on Tuesday, ACB Principal Public Relations Officer, Egritta Ndala said most people are not fully aware of the dangers of corruption.
“We need to make people fully understand their role and how ACB operates to relieve the institution from high public expectations which results into outcry when some corruption cases and investigations end up contrary to what the masses expect.” She said.
Ndala observed that the media is the biggest tool that should be utilized to assist in raising awareness so that the majority understand how ACB operates.
She said proper reporting of corruption cases with facts and objectivity will help in deterring the public from indulging in corrupt practices.
On National Anti-Corruption Strategy 2 (NACS 2), Ndala said there has been some improvement in terms of outcome of the strategy’s operation as compared to the previous one, adding she hoped the media will assist in bringing a much better outcome.
One of the participants to the workshop, District Information Officer (DIO) for Salima, Fostina Mkandawire expressed pleasure with the direction the ACB has taken by involving the media observing journalists can play a big role in the fight against corruption.
She urged the media to put into practice every information about fighting corruption acquired during the workshop.
NACS 2 serves as the blueprint for Malawi’s aspirations for corrupt free society and takes holistic approach that involves all sectors of the country to fight against corruption as it strengthens the rule of law.
The strategy further seeks to end corruption in public institutions at the point of service delivery and empower citizens and other public service users to identify, resist and denounce corruption.