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VICE PRESIDENT DR SAULOS KLAUS CHILIMA HOLDS A PUBLIC LECTURE AT CHANCELLOR COLLEGE, UNIVERSITY OF MALAWI

 

Vice-President Dr Saulos Klaus Chilima on Tuesday 27 February 2018 delivered a public lecture at Chancellor College in Zomba where he inspired people of all walks of life including hundreds of students who had filled the magnificent Great Hall to capacity.

Chancellor College’s department of Philosophy organized the public lecture under the theme “Addressing moral decadence: towards an effective compliance and ethics programme”.

Among notable senior leadership of the University of Malawi that welcomed the Vice President were the University of Malawi Deputy Registrar Mr Ashani Gawa, Chancellor College’s Principal Professor Richard Tambulasi and Chancellor College’s Registrar Mrs. Mary Wasili.

The Vice President, an alumnus of Chancellor College, University of Malawi himself, made a central point from the public lecture theme that “There is no other way of doing wrong things right”, where he consistently called upon the citizenry to remain ethical in whatever they do as way of creating a corrupt free society.

Dr. Chilima went academic in defining leading terms in understanding ethics. Among them were; moral decadence, compliance, and ethics.

He defined moral decadence in society, including corruption, as behavior that shows a love of self-indulgence, pleasure and money, or the process of decline or decay in society’s ethical and moral traditions.

Furthermore, Dr. Chilima explained that ethics are moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity while compliance is defined as the act of obeying rule, order or request.

The Vice President warned that moral decadence retards development in the process leaving serious negative consequences in the society.

“Moral decadence and unethical behaviour have serious social and economic effects on individuals and organisations leading to serious scandals in society, Chilama cautioned.

He lamented the general decline in ethical standards in the country.

” A person without ethics is like a wild beast loosed on this society”, he said.

The Vice President cited a list of unethical behavious locally and globally that have led to financial scandals, impacted society negatively and cost companies and organizations huge sums of money and a reputational risk.

” We need a set of values to govern our ethical behaviour and we need to liberate ourselves from unethical behaviour,” he emphasized.

Nonetheless, Chilima recommended that universities such as Chancellor College should devise programs that help produce ethical graduates who should be agents of meaningful and tangible change in society.

The Master of Philosophy at Chancellor College was introduced in 2017 after the approval of the University of Malawi Senate with the current first intake of 21 students. The programme is consistent with what other leading universities are offering in Southern African Development Community (SDAC) and world-wide.

Prior to becoming Vice President, Chilima served in a number of positions in the private sector the last one being that he was the first Malawian to head Airtel Malawi.

Dr. Chilima is an alumnus of Chancellor College having studied Bachelor of Social Sciences (Computer Science and Economics) from 1990-1994 and also Masters Of Arts Degree (Economics) from 2003-2005 at the college.