Speaking at Providence Industrial Mission (PIM) in Chiradzulu during the memorial service of worship for Reverend John Chilembwe, President Mutharika said corruption is evil and there is a need for collective effort in ending this malpractice.
“We should not politicise corruption. Let us draw lessons from the life of John Chilembwe for us to transform this country. He is a symbol of patriotism, integrity and hard work,” Mutharika said.
Mutharika emphasised that Chilembwe was a man of high integrity; he would not have tolerated corruption and we should emulate this example of our fallen hero.
The President said the country is slowly taming the evil as his government has strengthened the Anti-Corruption Bureau, National Audit and all graft busting institutions by allocating them adequate resources.
He noted that there is corruption in the private sector, in the judiciary, the media and faith communities and that no single person could fight corruption alone.
Mutharika, therefore, said corruption was not growing in the country, but what was growing was the perception of corruption perpetrated by the media through malicious fabrication of stories.
“It is sad that some media houses have decided to publish negative stories about the government and the country in general. The development is counterproductive because it will scare away investors,” he warned.
The Malawian leader, therefore, urged the media to be responsible in carrying out their duties of informing the nation by providing right information to the public so that the nation can be developed, adding that a lot has been reported on corruption which had no basis.
Mutharika said a number of development activities have been taking place in the country and the media was not focusing on that; instead they were busy reporting things that will only tarnish the image of the country.
The President said Malawi has done well in tourism by being ranked highly as one of the preferred destinations but no local newspaper or any media house has talked about that.
“According to Forbes Magazine Cosmopolitan Travel Guide, Malawi is among the 18 top countries to be most visited in 2018. Worldwide, Malawi is rated number 3 and in Africa number 1 as a country to visit in 2018,” he said.
Mutharika said the numerous achievements his government continues to register have not been given due attention by the media, saying he would not relent in his drive to transform the country despite facing resistance and ‘negative publicity.’
“In fact, my government will continue to fulfil some of the visions John Chilembwe had like constructing roads and empowering the youth with vocational skills for them to be self-reliant and employ others,” he said.