The Council for Non-Governmental Organization [CONGOMA], says it is pleased with the accountability stance taken by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera , saying this is an opportunity for good meaning Malawians to rally behind him and fight corruption and theft from the front.
CONGOMA says it is very concerning to learn of the serious alleged plunder of the 6.2 Billion Kwacha meant for Covid -19 fight.
The organization adds it is praying that those involved will be given the right to be heard and be subjected to due process of the law, saying it is important to join efforts in dealing with the pandemic, all stakeholders have a stake in the fight, including citizens.
In a statement dated 22nd February, 2021 signed by its Acting Chairperson, Kossamu Munthali, CONGOMA is appealing to President Dr. Chakwera not to relent on accountability for funds and results in public service and the fight against ‘’entrenched’’ corruption in the society.
CONGOMA is appealing to the Presidential Taskforce on Covid-19 to exercise utmost transparency and accountability in the use of funds not only for Covid-19, but all public resources entrusted to them and to take seriously the welfare and safety of people quarantined in designated places and all care givers in health facilities.
The organization has also asked the Government of Malawi to extend social protection interventions such as relief items or cash transfers to vulnerable groups in both urban and rural communities and the Ministry of Health to continue ensuring that experiences, practices and lessons learnt in the fight against Covid -19 are documented and shared in both public and private media.
……”CONGOMA is concerned with the alleged mismanagement of Covid -19 public resources and we commend President Dr. Chakwera for acknowledging NGOs as one of the strategic stakeholders in the fight against Covid -19 and his commitment to include NGOs in the Taskforce,’’……..reads part of the statement.
CONGOMA is appealing to the water Boards to ensure that water supply is not interrupted, water cuts and rationing should be suspended in order to promote hygienic conditions for all Malawians , calling upon members of the general public to take precautionary measures against Covid -19 and make use of the organization’s Information Management Systems to register their NGOs.
By Vincent Gunde