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Addressing moral decadence: Towards an effective compliance and ethics program

Published in: Africa Journal of Management
Volume 5, issue 1, 2019 , pages: 98–111
DOI: 10.1080/23322373.2019.1565063
Author(s): Saulos Klaus ChilimaOffice of the Vice President, Malawi, Bruce Lamont


In the last two-and-a-half decades, the political landscape in Malawi has undergone a remarkable metamorphosis which has been characterized by institutional and legislative instruments that tilt towards enhancing democracy and the enjoyment of human rights. In Malawi’s case, the establishment of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), the Office of Ombudsman, and reform of the Malawi Police Force to the Malawi Police Service, to mention just a few, as well as the reintroduction of the Bill of Rights in the Republican Constitution, attest to this metamorphosis. For a society that lived under oppressive conditions for a long time (from pre-independence to the independence single-party era), the euphoria with democracy has proven to be difficult to tame and the rights-enhancing institutions and laws, while meant for good, have to some extent provided loopholes and a breeding ground for moral decadence.

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