Vice-President Everton Chimulirenji has advised newly appointed ministers and deputy ministers to avoid engaging in corruption, stressing that corruption is evil and retards development.
He issued the warning yesterday in Mangochi when he opened a two-day orientation workshop for ministers and deputy ministers.
Chimulirenji said the current administration detests corruption because it is evil.
“Corruption is a serious enemy of development. It slackens development. As a country, we can’t prosper if we engage in the evil act.
“Therefore, as government top officials, we need to be exemplary by ensuring that we stay away from it,” he said.
The Veep also urged the ministers to support President Peter Mutharika.
“Let’s support the President to achieve his dream of prospering the country. He chose us because he has trust in us. Therefore, let’s prove to him that we are the right candidates and capable of the task,” he said.
In his remarks, Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara said it was important for the new cohort to undergo the workshop because they need to be familiar with relevant documents and policies to improve their performance.
“It will sharpen the ministers’ skills to diligently discharge their duties,” he remarked.
One of the participants, Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa said the world is dynamic; hence, the workshop will help them learn new things which will be vital to their duties.