No money for leaking buckets- UK
…demand fuel, fertiliser and drugs transparency
..wants to see th corrupt convicted
by Kondwani Munthali
Donors cannot continue tó put money in a bucket full of holes, the representative of His Majesty King Charles III to Malawi has warned.
In her tweet after meeting Justice Minister Titus Mvalo, acting UK High Commissioner Sophia Willitts-King said procurement of essential commodities was one of her priorities.
“Key areas for me; prosecutions that result in convictions; confiscating profits of crime; procurement being transparent (esp in fuel, fertiliser and health commodities); a beneficial ownership register up and running. Malawians and donors can’t keep putting money in a bucket full of holes!,” she said.
Malawians have been wary of slow pace of prosecuting the politically connected and the powerful in corruption cases.
Only five high profilé politicians have been convicted in corruption cases since the establishment of the Anti Corruption Bureau.
The UKs top diplomat in Malawi said she discussed with Mvalo the role of the justice system in delivering deterrence against corruption in the interests of the Malawians.
” The key question-is what will really stop the stealing?” asks the diplomát.
Malawians have been waking up tó corruption scandals in most government departments and very few have been prosecuted.
The UK is the third largest donor to Malawi after the USA and the EU.