By Chimwemwe Mangazi:
The latest results on Corruption Perception Index (CPI) by the Transparency International (TI) has shown that Malawi has moved two places up to 120 out of 183 countries form position 122 in 2018.
Despite the movement, Malawi remains in the most corrupt countries zone, having scored 32 out of 100, where zero is most corrupt and 100 is clean.
The index ranks countries by their perceived levels of public sector corruption based on expert assessments, business people and opinion surveys.
Malawi shares position 120 with Mali, Liberia and Ukraine.
During the launch of the findings by the Integrity Platform in Lilongwe, stakeholders agreed on the need for coordinated efforts in the fight against corruption if Malawi was to register significant improvement in fighting corruption.
National Coordinator of the Integrity platform, Jeff Kabondo, added that if Malawi was to improve on the ratings on the index it would be easy for the country to be more competitive and attractive in wooing investments that would in turn help grow the economy.
“It may mean that there is a slight improvement in the way our public sector is perceived on corruption, but in order to have a clear picture of an improvement we need to look a number of years because in the past three years our score has been static at 31 and now we are at 32.
“We need to look at the performance of our democratic institutions, talk about how expedient the judiciary is in prosecuting corrupt officials, how is the ACB doing in preventing and prosecuting corruption cases and many others because this is the reason investors are not coming to Malawi,” Kabondo said.
Public Relations Manager of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Egrita Ndala, said that despite an improvement in the score, there is need for all stakeholders to hold hands for the perception to improve significantly.
“We commend Malawians for this achievement because together we are changing the perception. Perception is not necessarily what is on the ground but what people think so as various stakeholders start embracing the fight against corruption be it parliament, the private sector, the public sector, the Civil Society, the Media and all others we will create a better Malawi,” Ndala said.
Denmark and New Zealand top the Index with 88 and 87 points, respectively while Somalia, South Sudan and Syria are at the bottom of the index, with 10, 13 and 13 points, respectively.