Catholic bishops talk tough on corruption

Catholic bishops in the country have called on President Lazarus Chakwera to ensure the security of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director general, Martha Chizuma, amid on-going investigations of high profile people on corruption allegations.

The bishops’ made the call through a pastoral statement issued on Wednesday titled; “A call for Relentless Fight against Corruption.”

The bishops say President Chakwera should ensure that the Bureau is not being pressurized, intimidated or influenced by threats or any other means in its duties.

“We plead, in the interest of building a more just and transparent Malawi that benefits all its citizens, that any of the investigations or cases which the ACB is dealing with are not in any way obstructed or influenced,” reads the statement.

“Let no suspect, however powerful, wealthy or who their connections are, be shielded or protected provided that he or she is given proper recourse to the legal processes of the courts.”

The seven bishop-members of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM), have also appealed to the Judiciary to ensure that all alleged corruption cases are expedited and that everyone is seen to be treated fairly and similarly before the law.

“Avoid making suspicious judgments and pronouncements which are seen neither to be promoting justice nor fighting against corruption,” reads the statement.

The bishops have also called on the citizenry to stop fleecing politicians by endlessly demanding handouts from them during political rallies, funerals, fundraising activities, religious gatherings and many other occasions.

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