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Ethics and governance centre launched

News   Hazviperi Mbizi   September 11, 2019
PIC: The Minister receiving a gift from the UNIMA Council Chair while the Pro Vice Chancellor looks on
The University of Malawi (UNIMA) and its constituent colleges on Monday, September 9, 2019, launched a multi disciplinary Centre of Excellence in Ethics and Governance (CEEG) at the Sunbird Capital Hotel in Lilongwe.

The Honourable Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Mr. Bright Msaka, SC and Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu, graced the official inaugural ceremony.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Minister commended the board of UNIMA, the founder and Acting Director of CEEG Professor Joseph Mfutso -Bengo for this initiative, which he said is imperative since it will help improve issues to do with ethics and governance.

“Ethics and governance are important in every profession which needs to be adhered to avoid bribery and corruption in the country,” he said.

The Minister further encouraged people in all professions to be ethical in their operations in order to contribute to the development of the country.

In his remarks the UNIMA Council chairperson Rev Dr Billy Gama explained that he is happy because this initiative has originated from UNIMA. As an academic institution its aim is to provide guidance and solutions to the public.

“The moral decay has been a song in so many sectors. You may wish to know that His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Muthalika emphasizes on the three cores of honesty, integrity and hard work.” Dr Gama explained.

The Council Chair added that it is the duty of the UNIMA to disseminate this message not only as part of the curriculum but also educating the general public.

The Pro Vice Chancellor of UNIMA Professor Al Mtenje, highlighted that it was the paper written by Professor Joseph Mfutso -Bengo which was persuasive that it influenced the UNIMA to open and launch the CEEG.

Three keynote speakers namely; the British High Commissioner Holly Tett, the Chinese Ambassador Liu Hongyang and the Chief Justice Anastazia Msosa, retired, made various speeches in support of the establishment  of the centre.

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