The Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations is an independent public body within the Malawi Government established under Section 6(1) of the Public Officers’ (Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests) Act, 2013. The Act was passed by Parliament in November, 2013 and Assented to by the President on 2nd December, 2013, but it came into force on 1st July, 2014.
The Act was enacted to provide the legal and institutional framework for the implementation of the provisions of Section 88A and Section 213 of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi which require the President and Cabinet, Members of Parliament and prescribed public officers to declare their assets, liabilities and business interests upon assuming office. This requirement is meant to be one way of promoting good governance as well as strengthening transparency, accountability and personal integrity of public officers.
Hence, the objective of the Act is to promote public confidence in the public service including in the offices of public and elected officials.
The Directorate is responsible for the overall administration of the Act, including enforcement, regulation and monitoring of public officers’ assets, liabilities and business interests declarations.
The Directorate is headed by the Director who is assisted by the Deputy Director. The first ever Director and Deputy Director of the Directorate were appointed by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament on and with effect from the 15th August, 2014.
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