Friday, April 13, 2012

Corruption fight needs everyone's input, says chief Macha

Corruption fight needs everyone's input, says chief Macha
By Cynthia Phiri in Choma
Fri 13 Apr. 2012, 13:27 CAT

CORRUPTION fight should be everyone's business, says chief Macha of the Tonga of Choma district. Speaking when Choma district commissioner Golden Nyambe paid a courtesy call on him at his palace yesterday, chief Macha said he was humbled by the government's efforts in the fight.

"I am humbled to see government trying to fight corruption but it cannot be fought by government alone; it should be everyone's business," chief Macha said. "Corruption fight is a long journey; it needs a lot of effort because it cannot be won in one day, it needs everyone's input and good systems."

Chief Macha urged the government to put in place deliberate policies and a stronger legal framework in order to win the fight against corruption in the country.

The traditional leader said the law enforcement agencies must be empowered to visit anyone proved to have been corrupt regardless of their status in society.

"Government needs to put up precise systems that will catch up with corrupt elements in the country, because it seems like everyone is corrupt," said chief Macha.

He said systems needed to be put in place in order to manage corruption and that concerted efforts were needed to win the fight.

Chief Macha said that it was depressing to see how huge sums of money were being misappropriated.

He said he was happy with the PF government's stance on corruption and the way it was running the affairs of the nation.

And speaking at his palace, chief Mapanza said his chiefdom was ready to work with the government of the day.

He hoped that the PF government would take its developmental policies to his chiefdom.

"I can assure you that we are ready to bring peace and understanding even as the government addresses our many challenges," said Chief Mapanza.

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