The K20M Ziphuphu Njee CSR tournament praised

Posted on Jan 30, 2024 at 15:35

Stakeholders involved in the K20 Million Ziphuphu Njee 2023 football and netball tournament for Zomba secondary schools, have praised the Institute of Public Opinion and Research (IPOR) for financing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CRS) anti-graft initiative.


In the tournament, IPOR collaborated with the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the Ministry of Education through the Malawi Secondary Schools Sports Association (MASSSA) and other like-minded partners.


ACB Director General, Ms. Martha Chizuma, who was guest of honour at the final games held at the Zomba Police Mess Ground, praised IPOR for bankrolling the initiative which engaged learners in an outside classroom atmosphere.


She described the tournament as a unique tool in the fight against corruption, that enhanced the dissemination of anti-corruption messages amongst the youth. Ms. Chizuma called for the private sector to emulate IPOR in the replication of the activities in other districts.  


Director of Strategy and Management at IPOR, Professor Blessings Chinsinga, said as an organisation they are proud to have succeeded in the implementation of the tournament in line with the Institute’s CSR objectives.


He said: “Our collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Bureau for the tournament is a testament to our commitment to address the root causes of corruption and invest in our future. Sports, with its excitement and passion, provide a unique platform to engage our youth in this noble cause”.


The South East Education Division Manager, Mr. Mac Auden Msakatiza, commended IPOR for considering to support the anti-corruption knowledge dissemination drive in secondary schools, citing sports as a unifying tool, hence pleaded for the tournament to be held annually.


During the final games, Chirunga Community Day Secondary School (CDSS) won by18 baskets against 9 scored by Balamanja CDSS in netball. In football, Songani CDSS won by 3 goals to 2 against Cobbe CDSS. On third place netball, Malindi Secondary School won by 21 baskets against 20 scored by Luntha CDSS and in football, Malindi Secondary School beat Namitembo CDSS by 3 goals to nil.


First place winners for both football and netball went away with laboratory equipment worth K1.5 million, second place winners received equipment worth K1 Million while third place winners received K500, 000 worth of equipment. There were also individual prizes in various categories.


The key objective was to ensure that the lessons from the anti-corruption messages, will mold the learners into responsible and ethical citizens, thereby contributing positively to the growth and prosperity of Malawi.


The tournament commenced on 4 November 2023 and ended on 20 January 2024. It had 60 participating secondary schools.