Mutharika Speaks Tough On Corruption, Says 30 % Of Donor Money Wasted By Corrupt Govt, CSO Officials
President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika has retaliated his tough stance on corruption warning the country can not develop when 30 per cent of donor money is wasted through corruption and fraud practices in government departments and civil society organizations.
Mutharika made the remarks Monday when he addressed thousands of people at Ntcheu Boma during a whistle-stop rally on his way from Blantyre to Lilongwe.
He said corruption and fraud continue to affect the country’s development efforts.
“Thirty per cent of donor money goes into the drain through corruption and fraud practices by both government and civil society organizations and we cannot develop with such undesirable practices,” he said.
Commenting on food insecurity which he said has affected almost the whole country, the State President, retaliated that government is doing everything possible to ensure that no one dies of hunger.
He said government is currently buying maize from Mozambique, Mexico and Brazil among other countries to ensure that the staple grain is available to everyone throughout the year.
Mutharika then advised Malawians to generate hard working spirit which he said is catalyst to all development initiatives the government is currently implementing.
“Malawians are well known for hard working spirit across the world, however it is now becoming surprising that Malawians have lost that spirit, we need to bring it back if we have to develop,” he said.
The State President also told the gathering that government will continue establishing rural growth centres with the goal of bringing development to rural areas.
On Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme Mutharika assured the people that government will continue with the initiative until iron sheet roofed houses outnumber grass thatched houses in the country.