National Anti-Corruption (NACA) has threatened an unspecified action if government does not operationalize the Access to Information Act.Chairperson of the grouping Moses Mkandawire said the alliance will meet the responsible minister soon to push for the act’s use, adding something needs to be done if corrupt persons are to be easily identified. Mkandawire said failure to operationalize the law is slowing down the fight against corruption in Malawi.
“The fight against corruption is slowing down in the absence of the law. We will discuss with the minister on the date to operationalize it, failing which we shall have unspecified action,” Mkandawire said.He added operationalizing the law will strengthen accountability policies that will eliminate specially organized corruption.
Mkandawire sentiments comes amidst wide spread of suspicious contracts which are allegedly said to have been awarded to individuals but never existed such as the MK 7.8 Billion ghost contract and the MK135Million Macra Scam.
Commenting on the same, Misa Malawi chairperson Teresa Ndanga said the ATI law will afford people opportunities and knowledge of asking informed questions of different issues.
“This law will help not only journalists but also all Malawians. It will assist people to get all the information they need, be it in councils and all government institutions which will assist in asking informed questions,” said Ndanga.
The anti-corruption alliance notes that corruption in the country is at all levels, citing among others conflict of interest, embezzlement and illegal gratuities as most common forms of corrupt practices used.
National Anti-Corruption Alliance is a movement comprised of four governance institutions namely the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Church and Society, Youth and Society and Malawi Law Society which teamed up together to contribute in the fight against serious and organised corruption