Opening Remarks

09Mar

We can not agree more with what the UN Secretary General António Guterres, meant when he said that

Corruption begets more corruption, and fosters a corrosive culture of impunity

When there is impunity against corruption, there is totally no development to talk about. If there appears to be some positive development outcomes that will be something else masquerading as development. It will not be sustainable.

In some countries, we have noticed some individuals enjoying flashy lives in a sea of the poor languishing in poverty.

These individuals use ill-gotten wealth to remain in power and in most cases, they buy votes to get elected and claim legitimacy. Africa bears testimony to the deleterious effects of corruption on development, democracy, and rule of law. It affects you and me. The poor suffer more. Our hospitals are conspicuous by empty drug shelves and untimely deaths.

The leadership in some countries has no interest whatsoever, in developing health and educational infrastructure because they are rushed to European and Asian hospitals when they get sick.Their children go to European schools. They get the richest tenders at home.

Africa has a huge potential to be bread basket of the world, due to an abundance of resources. However, these resources are being pillaged. Whilst concluding let me hasten to warn that if corruption is not curtailed, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will remain a pipe dream.The failure to mainstream anti-corruption in development programming is self-defeating.Organisations such as the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA), which myselfand several friends founded has an important role to play. The 2018 to 2023 strategy is meantto:a)Enhance the capacities of specialised anti-corruption bodies, auditors and audit institutions, judicial institutions, and law enforcement agents, to effectively respond to the challenge of corruption;b)Support national, regional and international efforts towards the formulation, implementation, adherence and coordination of anti-corruption treaties, legislation, policies and action plans; c)Enhance the capacities of communities, media and civil society organisations to effectively contribute to dialogue on strengthening the development and implementation of anti-corruption institutions, legislation and policiesfor eradication of poverty and inequalityd)Contribute to anti-corruption knowledge generation, codification and advocacy for improved efficiency, effectiveness and impact of anti-corruption efforts.e)Improve access to justice to victims of corruption, targeting marginalised communities, especially women, youths, the disabled and those living with HIV and AIDS;f)Strengthen national, regional and international cooperation on criminal, civil and administrative matters relating to corruption in line with regional, continental and international anti-corruption treaties. However, the implementation demands all stakeholders to come togetherin different ways. ACT-SA will use this website to showcase its activities as well as to carry a number of anti-corruptioncampaignsin the region.The ACT-SA Team including the current Chairperson, Mr. David Jamaliand the Director Mr. ObertChinhamo will make effort to ensure that all activities of the organisation are communicated to the wider audience.Let me alsotake this opportunity to introduce members of the Board of Trustees who include: Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, Kucaca Phulu, Elizabeth Mangenje, Adv. Michael Majuru, Teresa Pearl Mugadza, GetrudeChimange. David Chipiri Jamali and ObertChinhamo. This team will surely help to eradicate corruption and stimulate development in Southern Africa. At the same time, the ACT-SA team will not achieve much without financial, in-kind and other support from the global village. We need financial support from different supporters and partners, especially all those who are already in the forefront in fighting against corruption.For more information about anti-corruption activities of ACT-SA please feel free to contact me or the Chairperson and Director of ACT-SA through boardchair@anticorruptiontrust.organd director@anticorruptiontrust.orgARNOLD TSUNGAFOUNDING TRUSTEE/ FOUNDINGCHAIRPERSON OF ACT-SA

Africahas a huge potential to be bread basket of the world, due to an abundance of resources. However, these resources are being pillaged. Whilst concluding let me hasten to warn that if corruption is not curtailed, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will remain a pipe dream.The failure to mainstream anti-corruption in development programming is self-defeating.Organisations such as the Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA), which myselfand several friends founded has an important role to play. The 2018 to 2023 strategy is meantto:a)Enhance the capacities of specialised anti-corruption bodies, auditors and audit institutions, judicial institutions, and law enforcement agents, to effectively respond to the challenge of corruption;b)Support national, regional and international efforts towards the formulation, implementation, adherence and coordination of anti-corruption treaties, legislation, policies and action plans; c)Enhance the capacities of communities, media and civil society organisations to effectively contribute to dialogue on strengthening the development and implementation of anti-corruption institutions, legislation and policiesfor eradication of poverty and inequalityd)Contribute to anti-corruption knowledge generation, codification and advocacy for improved efficiency, effectiveness and impact of anti-corruption efforts.e)Improve access to justice to victims of corruption, targeting marginalised communities, especially women, youths, the disabled and those living with HIV and AIDS;f)Strengthen national, regional and international cooperation on criminal, civil and administrative matters relating to corruption in line with regional, continental and international anti-corruption treaties. However, the implementation demands all stakeholders to come togetherin different ways. ACT-SA will use this website to showcase its activities as well as to carry a number of anti-corruptioncampaignsin the region.The ACT-SA Team including the current Chairperson, Mr. David Jamaliand the Director Mr. ObertChinhamo will make effort to ensure that all activities of the organisation are communicated to the wider audience.Let me alsotake this opportunity to introduce members of the Board of Trustees who include: Alouis Munyaradzi Chaumba, Kucaca Phulu, Elizabeth Mangenje, Adv. Michael Majuru, Teresa Pearl Mugadza, GetrudeChimange. David Chipiri Jamali and ObertChinhamo. This team will surely help to eradicate corruption and stimulate development in Southern Africa. At the same time, the ACT-SA team will not achieve much without financial, in-kind and other support from the global village. We need financial support from different supporters and partners, especially all those who are already in the forefront in fighting against corruption.For more information about anti-corruption activities of ACT-SA please feel free to contact me or the Chairperson and Director of ACT-SA through boardchair@anticorruptiontrust.organd director@anticorruptiontrust.orgARNOLD TSUNGAFOUNDING TRUSTEE/ FOUNDINGCHAIRPERSON OF ACT-SA

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