ACB,NAM sign landmark MoU to combat corruption in netball

By Chisomo Phiri

The graft bursting body Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Netball Association of Malawi (NAM) on Wednesday May 22, 2024 entered into a partnership to fight against corruption in netball and other sectors.

In an interview with journalists, ACB Director General (DG) Martha Chizuma said among others the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two institutions is aimed at raising awareness of corruption practices and also rooting out elements of corruption within the netball community.

“Through this partnership we are  fighting corruption through netball and in netball. ACB has a mandate to spearhead anti-corruption efforts in the country and through this MoU we are doing just that.

“Through this MoU we will train officials and also do investigations and prosecute if any elements of corruption are detected in netball,” she said.

NAM president Abigail Sharif  described the MoU as a significant milestone in demonstrating commitment towards the fight against corruption.

“This is a historical moment. We are commiting ourselves to highest values of accountability and transparency. Corruption dilutes public trust and requires collective action.

“By working with ACB, we will have a bigger reach because netball is a community sport,” said Sharif.

ACB is a government department headed by the Director General assisted by the Deputy Director General who are both appointed by the President but whose appointment is subject to ratification by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament.

Other officers of the Bureau are appointed by the Director General following normal procurement procedures.

It commenced its full operations on February 9,1998.