Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango on Thursday urged engineers in the country to avoid corruption to instil trust.
The minister said this at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi during the Malawi Institution of Engineers (MIE) Annual Conference to share experiences.
In an interview, the minister bemoaned the increased corruption cases committed by different players in the country, saying they are tarnishing the image of the country.
He said: “Everybody in the country is complaining about corruption committed by people who were supposed to be exemplary. This is bad because corruption retards development.”
The minister said engineering, like other sectors, is not spared with corruption; hence, he implored the engineers to endeavour to stick to ethics in order to protect government resources.
In his remarks, MIE president Wilson Chirwa said the conference was important because it would afford the experts a platform to brainstorm challenges the country is facing and discuss with their colleagues to come up with their solution.
“For a long time the country has been grappling with challenges emanating from natural resources and yet it is endowed with rich natural resources which if utilised properly can turn around the social and economic fortunes of the country,” he said.