They add that the Head of State has been slow in dealing with graft "despite having the necessary legal powers, authority and information."
Similar to previous regimes, the Catholic Bishops say, President Lazarus Chakwera-led government has continued with "the politics of appeasement and patronage."
The patronage and appeasements are "particularly true" in the appointments of Chief Executive Officers to various parastatals, the Catholic Church leaders say, and add, "It is our view that resolving these issues immediately requires forthright executive political leadership that would intervene in ways that would promote integrity, uprightness and the rule of law."
"We believe that a President who campaigned on a platform of anti-corruption, and promised to deal with the vice, will not keep any of his ministers and aides when there is sufficient information about their involvement in corruption," ECM members say.
They add that the country's leadership needs to "intervene and provide the necessary executive political leadership."
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To save the Southern African nation from corruption which "causes untold suffering for the vast majority of ordinary Malawians who face crushing poverty on a daily basis," the Catholic Bishop call on all people of God in the country to unite in the fight against the vice.
"Let us all say No to corruption," they say, adding, "Let no agent of corruption, however powerful, wealthy or who their connections are, be shielded or protected, provided that he or she is given proper recourse to the legal processes of the courts."
ECM members also express their support for those who have risked their lives by standing against graft saying "they are shining examples of St. Paul's exhortation: ‘Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.’”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.