The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has taken to task local councils on financial prudence following reports of funds loot.
The ACB started to investigate councils on financial misuse and plunder following President Pater Mutharika’s concerns over corrupt practices by ward councilors, when awarding road contracts.
ACB’s Director General, Reyneck Matemba said his institution is spending huge sums of money on corruption investigations which could be used for other developmental activities in the country.
“We will continue investigating councils across the country to ensure that people exercise financial prudence because councils are now managing huge sums of money which requires in-depth tracking so that people do not take advantage to abuse funds,” Matemba explained.
Currently the graft busting body is also partnering with organisations to educate the public so that they help in empowering Malawians by making them aware of what is happening around them and what they should expect from their councils.
President Mutharika noted that the corruption in awarding road contracts in councils, is leading to roads of substandard quality being constructed. Concerns have also been raised on the mismanagement of funds by local councils, especially those meant for the District Development, and Local Development Fund.
In other districts where the investigations have been concluded, it has been discovered that massive corruption is taking place and officials are being prosecuted.