The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has asked Ntcheu District Council officials to step up efforts in the fight against corruption.
Speaking during a meeting with the council’s heads of departments on National Anti-Corruption Strategy II (NACS II), ACB corruption prevention officer Memory Kadongola said corruption remains one of the challenges in local councils.
She said there was need for heads of departments to work hard to win the battle against corruption.
“We are targeting councils because they fall under one of the pillars in the NACS II as council officials serve the public,” said Kadongola.
She, therefore, asked the heads of departments to pass the message to officers and other staff members.
In her remarks, Ntcheu district director of education, youth and sports Lucia Chidalengwa, who represented the district commissioner, said fighting corruption was the stakeholders’ responsibility.
She said corruption was one of the factors that derail development.
“I urge officers to fight the vice,” said Chidalengwa.
Institutional Integrity Committee acting chairperson Allan Katola said the training was an eye-opener.
“Senior officers now know the corruption strategy and their role in the fight against the vice,” he said.
Nacs II Strategy, launched in 2019,is a blue print that will guide various interventions in the fight against corruption in the country.
Recently, the bureau also engaged Mwanza and Chitipa councils on the strategy.