Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Samuel Tembenu has said there is need for greater collaboration between governments, the media, public and international organisations in a coordinated drive to crack down on corruption across the African continent.
He made the call yesterday when he opened the Seventh Commonwealth Meeting of Heads of Anti-Corruption Agencies in Africa currently underway at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.
The annual conference provides the leaders of anti-corruption agencies in the 18 Commonwealth member countries in Africa with a forum for sharing information on emerging innovations and best practices in the fight against corruption.
“Corruption is a serious problem in Africa. It is a cancer that threatens the development of the continent and it requires united action by all stakeholders in society. Hence, all the anti-corruption agencies under the Commonwealth member countries need to gang up, stay
vigilant and rise above the horizon and condemn corruption in its strongest terms,” Tembenu said in an interview on the sidelines of the conference.
He said at a time when corruption is growing beyond national boundaries while corrupt people are becoming more and more sophisticated, there is need for collective actions through appropriate cooperation and mutual motivation, bearing in mind that the continent is often fighting very powerful giants.
In his remarks, adviser and head of governance and anti-corruption at the Commonwealth Secretariat, Roger Koranteng, said it is high time Commonwealth countries stepped up efforts to eliminate corruption. n