Elections Chief Kachale bemoans ethical decadence, lack of patriotism as fuelling corruption in Malawi

By Prince Justice Banda,Mana

Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Chairperson, Justice Dr. Chifundo Kachale has attributed loss in ethical values and deterioration of patriotism among Malawians, especially in public work places, as the genesis of higher corruption levels in the country.

Kachale made the remarks in Lilongwe on Tuesday during the official live interface and panel discussion by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) aimed at restoring patriotism and professionalism in the work places across Malawi.

He admitted that the country is in a dilapidated state of economy for people’s own cause through unspeakable levels of corruption particularly in public work places.

Kachale with ACB Director Martha Chizuma

He, therefore, urged Malawians to act with good deeds by taking part in fighting corruption in the country as ACB cannot manage it effectively without an external support.

Kachale emphasised on the need for massive civic education campaigns to enhance restoration of the lost moral values and spirit of patriotism among Malawians so that corruption and poor standards of economy can be a song of the past.

Director of Spirituals, Integrity and Counselling under Malawi Police Service, Fr. Steven Likhucha concurred with Kachale on the need for patriotism and restoration of ethical values in working places saying that counselling is one of the powerful weapons to enhance integrity in the work place.

Likhucha took advantage of the event to urge all Malawians to report police officers who may be found engaging themselves in corrupt practices.