REMARKS BY THE DIRECTOR GENERAL OF THE ANTI-CORRUPTION BUREAU, MR. REYNECK MATEMBA ON THE OFFICIAL OPENING OF THE NATIONAL YOUTH FORUM AT LINDE MOTEL
ON 30TH MAY, 2018
• The Chief Youth Officer for the Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture Mr. Deus Lupenga
• The Director of Public Education and all Directors from the
• Representative from Institute of Internal Auditors
• Delegates from various districts
• Colleagues from the Anti-Corruption Bureau
• Members of the Media present
• Ladies and Gentlemen
Allow me to start by welcoming you all to this first National Anti-Corruption Youth Forum. It is a great privilege and honour for me this morning to stand here and be part of the making of history in the Anti-Corruption Bureau. This is the first time the Bureau has organized a National Youth Forum with Integrating the Youth in The fight against Corruption as its theme.
Our distinguished delegates, ladies gentlemen,
The theme is not a mere coincidence. It is a well thought idea which augurs well with the times we are living in. It is in agreement with what Kurt Cobain said “The duty of youth is to challenge Corruption”. The Bureau has in the past been engaging members of the public through different activities such as public rallies, public forums, attending International Trade Fairs and workshops for people of different professions and backgrounds. Through all this, we saw a gap in that although the youths would attend these activities, the message was not specifically targeted at them. That is why for the past three years we decided to start implementing programmes which specifically target the youth. These programmes target both in-school and out of school youths.
We in the Bureau believe the youth are our hope for a corruption free society. These programmes are aimed at inculcating a culture of integrity in them with the hope that when they grow up and take various leadership positions, they will be able to lead with integrity because they have been youth of integrity from a tender age.
The effects of corruption are no secret in our society. Education standards are compromised. Quality health services are difficult to access in public hospitals and infrastructure development is of poor standards. All this is due to corruption. We therefore call upon you to stand up and play your rightful role against corruption. You are the future of our nation. Do not sit back and watch corruption and fraud deplete the public resources which are supposed to build this nation. Take up your role in dealing with corruption in our forests. These natural resources are a source of your livelihood tomorrow. Do not let them disappear while you watch.
This forum should power you up to start youth initiatives which can help to bring solutions to some of the many challenges the country is facing. Do not be idle and look down upon yourselves thinking that you have nothing to offer the country. You are a very important resource which this country has in large numbers but unfortunately, is not fully utilized.
This Forum is not the only initiative the Bureau has planned to undertake to engage the youth in the fight. We have been conducting sports bonanzas in some of the districts such as Mchinji and Rumphi apart from the Integrity Presentations that we are conducting in schools. All this is done to ensure that we do not leave any youths behind in our quest to mold youths of integrity who are able to actively take part in the fight against corruption. We will continue engaging the youths in various activities to ensure that we build a nation of integrity. A corruption free Malawi is possible. It just needs all of us to make a bold decision and unite against corruption.
I have seen the topics to be discussed these two days are very interesting and insightful. I urge you all to actively participate in all of them so that you get the most out of them. It is only when you have understood that you can share what you have learnt from here and have an impact in your areas and districts. Let me conclude by quoting Frank Serpico who said; ”The fight for justice against corruption is never easy. It never has been and will never be. It exacts a toll on our self, our families, our friends, and especially our children. In the end, I believe, as in my case, the price we pay is well worth holding on to our dignity”
I wish you fruitful deliberations.
Thank you for your attention.
May God bless you all and bless Malawi.