They say members of the judiciary “should always act with integrity guided by the principles that govern this noble profession."
ECM members add that the judiciary “must avoid making suspicious and questionable judgements and pronouncements, which are seen neither to be promoting justice nor fighting corruption.”
“Loss of public trust in law enforcement agencies and the Judiciary fuels mob justice, public anger and is a recipe for civil disorder,’ Catholic Bishops in Malawi say.
By treating everyone fairly, ECM members say, "The judiciary will build confidence that it is playing its role in a constructive way."
In the March 6 pastoral letter, the Catholic Church leaders express concern about the looting of public resources in the Southern African country.
“As Catholic Bishops, we, together with all concerned Malawians, are deeply shocked and dismayed by the recent revelations concerning the plunder of public resources by foreign nationals in partnership with corrupt politicians and civil servants,” they say.
The Bishops raise their concern at a time when members of different civil Society groups in Malawi have taken to the streets to express displeasure with graft, including the action Ashok Nair, graft suspect, has taken to drag Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Director General, Martha Chizuma, to court for defamation over a leaked audio clip.
In the January clip, Ms. Chizuma allegedly told a senior government official that a High Court judge granted Nair bail in exchange for a bribe.
In their March 6 statement, the Catholic Bishops in Malawi say the graft revelations "should serve as an opportunity for us as a country to demonstrate concretely that our battle against corruption is not just mere lip service but a genuine and relentless fight to eliminate this cancer in our country."
ECM members further say they are disappointed by “some greedy Malawians (who) are siding with those responsible for the plunder of resources instead of siding with the poor who are victims of corruption."