Malawi falls on corruption index


The latest results on Corruption Perception Index by Transparency International (TI) have shown that out of 176 countries that were assessed, Malawi has slumped from position 120 in 2015 to 112 in 2016 with its score sticking at 31 points out of 100.

The results were disseminated by the National Integrity Platform (NIP) in Lilongwe yesterday. NIP has its secretariat at the African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC).

Out of the 176 countries that were assessed, the least perceived to be corrupt are Denmark and New Zealand with a score of 90 out of 100 points while Botswana continues to take the lead in Africa with a ranking of 35 and a score of 60 points.


According to TI, the 2016 results show that despite the score for Malawi only marginally shifting from 37 to 31 since 2012, the country’s rating in the past four years has followed a consistent downward trend, reflecting the perception of the general public that corruption has worsened.

TI, which boasts of being a global coalition against corruption, further stated that several countries such as Ivory Coast, Togo, Mali and Honduras, which were rated worse than Malawi in the past, have now improved in perception in the four years.

In an interview after the results had been announced, NIP Technical Adviser, Karen Del Biondo, said NIP feels that the grand corruption cases like Cashgate must be appropriately tackled so that the perception improves.


“We at NIP feel that for corruption cases, especially the grand corruption cases that we have seen over the past years such as Cashgate and now we have the Maizegate for which we still have to wait for the results of the inquiry, there should be mechanisms of dealing with them,” said Biondo.

NIP board member, Levi Mihowa, who is a retired civil servant and an anti-corruption activist, said there is so much greed among many people, a thing which continues worsening corruption.

“What is also interesting and, of course, very unfortunate, is that it would seem that some people who are found to have engaged in corruption are protected by the people that are capable of making decisions.

“Until we start to seriously punish those involved in corruption, we will not win the fight against corruption in the country. We have to set an example by punishing those involved in corrupt practices,” said Mihowa.

Reacting to the results by TI, Minister of Information, Nicholas Dausi, said government takes the assessment with a positive mind because it helps in rectifying problems that might have been identified.

Said Dausi: “We appreciate the rating by TI. We haven’t carefully read the whole report but as government, we are doing our best to end corruption and the rating offers us an opportunity to work extra hard.

“These are collective efforts and we appreciate the advice from different stakeholders. The ratings are lessons for us so that we can improve and ensure corruption is news of the past. It is an important indicator.”

Meanwhile, NIP has warned that while perceptions are not necessarily the truth, they nevertheless form the basis for decision-making among, traders, investors and the development community.

The institution–which is being supported by the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID)—says Malawi can do better to polish its image by, among other things, allowing free access to information

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