Renowned anti-corruption campaigner and pan-Africanist Patrick Lumumba has urged Malawians to rally behind President Lazarus Chakwera in his political will to fight corruption which has been rampant in the civil service.
Addressing the press after meeting the President at Mtunthama State Lodge in Lilongwe yesterday, Lumumba said he noted with satisfaction how serious Chakwera is in fighting corruption, adding the manner he has handled the investigative audit on K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds inspires confidence.
He said by directing that all those involved in the embezzlement of the funds should be dealt with in accordance with the law, Chakwera has sent a strong message of commitment to fight corruption in the country.
Said Lumumba: “The fight against corruption is not an easy one. It is not for the faint-hearted. I can tell you that even as President Chakwera is making these moves, there is no shortage of individuals who will fight back. Corruption fights back. Corruption accuses. It is a dragon that is not going to be easy to slay.
“So, while political will is important, it is not enough to root out corruption. Therefore, it is incumbent upon Malawians to rally behind the President because those engaged in corruption will not go down without a fight.”
A motivational speaker who has been to many countries preaching the pan-Africanism gospel, Lumumba also served as Kenya’s Anti- Corruption Commission director.
He expressed his intention to have an audience with Chakwera after the President delivered a highly-acclaimed eulogy for fallen Tanzanian President John Pombe Magufuli.
In 2017, Lumumba visited Malawi to attend the National Anti-Corruption Conference in Lilongwe which was graced by former president Peter Mutharika.