NACS review crucial to fighting corruption

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has described the upcoming review of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) as a pivotal process for strengthening and reinforcing citizens’ participation in the fight against corruption in the country.

ACB Director General, Reyneck Matemba disclosed this Tuesday during a press briefing in Lilongwe a head of the 2008 NACS Review process.

He said the 2008 NACS was designed to address critical elements of corruption by encouraging all sectors to adhere to the principles of accountability, transparency and effective service delivery.

Matemba pointed out that NACS pillars helps to support good governance in the country and eradicate corruption, through anti-corruption reforms and promotion of a culture intolerant to corrupt practices.

The Director General explained that the review of the NACS is an opportunity to further empower and encourage Malawians to demand accountability from public officers and any person.

“Most importantly, the NACS serves the interests of all Malawians. There is a common misconception that the Bureau “owns” the NACS but the truth and reality is that we are merely facilitators. The greatest impacts of corruption are felt by all people in the country especially the poor who depend on public services for their welfare,” Matemba pointed out.

He viewed that the most powerful position to impact the fight against corrupt practices is by engaging in positive activism against corrupt practices, Malawian citizens are positioned to play a critical role in the overall fight against corruption in their country.

Matemba noted that an effective NACS requires periodic reviews and the 2008 NACS had a prescribed lifespan of five years, making the current review an overdue opportunity to update this critical document.

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