The National Integrity Platform (NIP) has said Malawi is undergoing a crisis in financial management because of moral decay occasioned by high levels of corruption.
One of NIP board members, Levi Mihowa, said in an interview on Wednesday in Lilongwe that the situation is this bad because of loss of moral values.
Mihowa expressed the sentiments on the sidelines of a signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and NIP.
The NIP is a civil society platform that helps to fight corruption in Malawi and is currently hosted by the Africa Institute of Corporate Citizenship (Aicc) and Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn).
Said Mihowa: “We chose to renew this agreement because we believe that together we can help contribute to finding answers that all Malawians now seek on how to end the deep-rooted corruption.
“We agree with many that have said before that as a country we seem to have lost our moral direction in as far as looting and mismanagement of public funds is concerned.”
This is the second time the two institutions are signing an agreement as they try to fight the corruption which seems to be on the rise.
The first MoU was signed two years ago after observations that corruption was reaching historic proportions and that this generation will be held squarely accountable by the coming generations.
“We chose to renew this agreement because we believe that together we can help contribute to finding answers that all Malawians now seek on how to end the deep- rooted corruption,” he said.
ACB director of corruption prevention Mary Phombeya said it is encouraging that the graft-busting body is not alone in the fight against corruption and the signing of the MoU is very comforting.
“The signing of this MoU could not have come at a better time than this when the nation is awash with news of corruption and fraud,” said Phombeya, adding that the NIP is a powerful tool in the fight against corruption.
NIP was officially registered non-profit making organisation in July 2014 and on September 5 2014, it was recognised as a contact focal point for Malawi by the Transparency International in Berlin, Germany. n