The Director of Public Officers’ Declarations is pleased to inform members of the general public that under section 17 of the Public Officers (Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests) Act 2013, declarations made under the Act are treated as public information and may be accessible to members of the public upon application to the Director.
The general public should also note that public access to declarations is a legally sanctioned and internationally recognized practice which is widely accepted as a reasonable, necessary and justifiable public interest derogation of private interests in modern democratic governance. This practice, apart from enhancing the effectiveness of an asset declaration scheme, is also aimed at enlisting citizen, media and civil society participation in the oversight and scrutiny of Government and its officials. In turn this promotes transparency and accountability and fosters public confidence in the integrity of the Public Service as envisaged by Section 13 (o) of the Constitution.
Section 5 of the Public Officers (Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests) Act, 2013, requires all the listed public officers in the First Schedule of the said Act to submit declarations to the Director of Public Officers' Declarations. To this effect, you will recall that pursuant to Section 25 of the Act, on 1st October, 2014, I gave Notice to all the Listed Public Officers requiring each one of them to submit a duly completed and signed Initial Declaration Form not later than 31st December, 2014.
SUBMISSION OF INITIAL DECLARATIONS BY LISTED PUBLIC OFFICERS
Pursuant to Section 25 of the Public Officers (Declaration of Assets, Liabilities and Business Interests) Act, 2013, the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations hereby gives Notice to all Public Officers listed in the First Schedule of the said Act that each Listed Public Officer is required to submit a duly completed and signed Initial Declaration Form directly to the Director not later than 31st December, 2014. The declarations shall be in the form set out in the Second Schedule as read with Section 14 (2) of the Act.
All Listed Public Officers and the general public are further informed that in the interim period, the Office of the Director of Public Officers’ Declarations is located within the Episcopal Conference of Malawi Catholic Secretariat Office Complex, Area 11, Off Chimutu Road, City Centre, Lilongwe. It is at this Office where all the completed declaration forms shall be deposited with the Director, until the Director advises otherwise.
Every Listed Public Officer is further advised that upon submission of the Initial Declaration Form, he or she shall retain a copy of certified and signed declaration for his or her records.