President Professor Arthur Peter has warned Cabinet Ministers to desist from corruption, saying his administration will deal with fire any Minister if found.
Mutharika sounded the warning on Thursday during the swearing-in ceremony of new Minister of Information Jappie Mhango, Minister of Health Dr. Peter Kumpalume and Deputy Minister of Defence Malison Ndau at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe.
Speaking after the swearing-in ceremony, Mutharika said Corruption is a menace in society and deprives the Government of the limited resources for development programmes.
“Desist from corrupt activities otherwise the long arm of the law will catch up with anyone involved in the malpractice. Any Member of the Cabinet who will be involved corruption activities will be prosecuted, and if found guilty, dismissed and jailed. Please lead by example in the fight against corruption,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika urged the new Ministers to lead by example.
“By taking the Oath of Office and Oath of allegiance, you have vowed to take full care of the interests of the people of Malawi. You are, therefore, expected to keep the Oaths and walk the talk. You have also accepted the huge responsibilities that lie ahead of you.
“As Members of the Cabinet, therefore, you must work as a team to ensure efficient and effective implementation of Government policies and programmes.
Let me warn you against complacency because any complacency would be disastrous to the economy,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika also urged the Ministers to work as a team to ensure efficient and effective implementation of Government policies and programmes.