US declares Chizuma as an Anti-Corruption Champion

Martha Chizuma, Malawi's Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General

Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma has been named as an Anti-Corruption champion, one of only 12 honorees globally, by the United States of America Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The announcement was made on 8th December during the launch of the Summit for Democracy which brought together senior officials from Malawi Government and Heads of Mission from other participating countries.

This is contained in a press statement from the Embassy in which US Chargé d’Affaires Neitzke hailed the great progress Malawi has achieved in its corruption drive.

He indicated that Chizuma’s recognition follows her courageous efforts against the vice.

Blinken: Recognized Chizuma's efforts in the corruption drive

“The United States recognizes the great progress the Government of Malawi has made in the fight against corruption.

"DG Chizuma’s award is recognition of not only her great courage in standing up against corruption in her professional capacity, but of the institutions and structures in Malawi that make investigation, prosecution, and conviction of those guilty of corruption possible.” read the statement

It further noted that corruption erodes public trust in government and democratic institutions, deepens poverty and inequity and stifles opportunity and growth and virtually affects people in every aspect of their daily lives.

President Joe Biden designated the fight against corruption as America’s core national security interest and combating corruption is a central theme of the Summit for Democracy.

The Summit which pooled together over 100 participants accorded chance to participating countries to learn from one another on what works best in the corruption fight, shortfalls and how to work together in addressing them.