By Alfred Mthandizi
Public Relations Society of Malawi (PRSM) has condemned judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula for being linked with allegations of fraud and corruption. Anti-Corruption Bureau officers on Friday arrested Mvula on allegations that he has been soliciting bribes from Methodist Church where he is a member to tilt court outcomes in favor of the plaintiff amounting to over K10 Million.
In a statement issued to the media on Sunday 3 September, 2017, PRSM acting President Lewis Msasa says his organization is shocked with the allegations. “We have learnt with shock and disbelief about the alleged misconduct of one of those in the Public Relations (PR) and Communication management profession, Mlenga Mvula, spokesperson of the Judiciary, who according to the statement from the Anti-Corruption Bureau, is facing a charge of indulging in corrupt practices with public officer, contrary to section 24 (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act.” Read the statement in part.
Msasa says while Mvula is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a competent court of law, PRSM wishes to unequivocally condemn such alleged misconduct and wishes to state that those involved in the PR and Communication Management are supposed to adhere to high standards of conduct and performance and that any deviation from such parameters should not be condoned.
Msasa said PRSM is, therefore, calling upon PR and communication practitioners in the country to desist from any act of misconduct as this could destroy and erode the reputation of the profession. “PRSM believes that the level of public support PR and Communications practitioners seek, as they serve the public good, means they have a special obligation to operate ethically. The society also believes that the value of the reputation of the profession will depend upon the ethical way practitioners conduct themselves.”
Meanwhile, Msasa has revealed that PRSM will soon embark on drafting of a Code of Ethics and Professional Standards for the Practice of PR and Communication Management to ensure that its members adhere to high standards of conduct and performance.
PRSM was registered in December, 2016 in accordance with the provisions of the Trustees Incorporation Act (Cap.5.03) to create a platform for the improvement of PR and Communications practice and at the same time raise the profile of the profession as it is relatively new in the country. Membership is for PR and Communication practitioners from both public and private sectors. PRSM is, therefore, appealing to all those in the PR and Communication management to register with the society.