Terrible! Malawi corruption situation getting worse

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Malawi is hastily embracing corruption as it has skyrocketed on a corruption index from position 88 to 120 in the world in the year 2016, latest statistics by the Transparency International (TI) have shown.

The TI index known as Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI)  indicates Malawi is one of the nations that is in serious cases of corruption.

TI works together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.

In 2014, Malawi was ranked on position 110 of 175 countries assessed while in 2013 it was on position 88 out of a total 177 countries.

Malawi is one of the nations to be lowly ranked.

These are nations plagued by untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and judiciary. Even where anti-corruption laws are on the books, in practice they’re often skirted or ignored. People frequently face situations of bribery and extortion, rely on basic services that have been undermined by the misappropriation of funds, and confront official indifference when seeking redress from authorities that are on the take.

Politicians asked to spearhead fight against corruption.

This comes in the wake of trending issues of corruption at Admarc in which money  (MK26 Billion)  meant for in procuring maize from Zambia was reportedly embezzled.

The biggest financial scandal which hit Malawi which is popularly known as cashgate saw K24 billion being lost.

Other incidents involved the Malawi’s embassy in Ethiopia. It was reported in May last year that up to K293 Million was stolen at the Embassy.

According to a summary on the TI’s website, ‘’ Over two-thirds of the 176 countries and territories in this year’s index fall below the midpoint of our scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean). The global average score is a paltry 43, indicating endemic corruption in a country’s public sector. Top-scoring countries (yellow in the map below) are far outnumbered by orange and red countries where citizens face the tangible impact of corruption on a daily basis.’’

ITI says the ‘’results highlight the connection between corruption and inequality, which feed off each other to create a vicious circle between corruption, unequal distribution of power in society, and unequal distribution of wealth.’’

Cape Verde and São Tomé and Príncipe are the most improved African countries in the 2016 index. Both countries held democratic presidential elections in 2016. It is no surprise that the independent electoral observer teams labelled the Cape Verde elections for 2016 as “exemplary”. This election that saw Jorge Carlos Fonseca re-elected, was held in a framework of a continuously improving integrity system, as observed by various African governance reviews.

In São Tomé and Príncipe elections held in July 2016 led to a smooth change of government, which is increasingly a challenge in the African region.

ITI has since asked African leaders to work towards ending corruption when they take office.

‘’They must implement their commitments to the principles of governance, democracy and human rights. This includes strengthening the institutions that hold their governments accountable, as well as the electoral systems that allow citizens to either re-elect them or freely choose an alternative.’’ Reads a depict from ITI website.

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  1. Maybe iam missing something here because if we were on position 88 in the past and in 2016 we skyrocketed to 120 it means we are improving, it could have been worse if we moved from position 120 to 88.

  2. Dziko, Munthu Amamveka ndizintchito zake ife akuluakulu a boma la Malawi tasakha kuba basi amphawi mumvetsaso nanu mulimbikile muzakhale muboma kkkk mukhaula.

  3. 4 example at ehehlen cbo in mzimba corruption yakhala ngat breackfast ma NGO kupeleka ufa wa phala ku ana a under 5 koma lonse komit kugulisa ndalama zilimmatumba mwao kodi malawi akupita kuti?

  4. 4 example at ehehlen cbo in mzimba corruption yakhala ngat breackfast ma NGO kupeleka ufa wa phala ku ana a under 5 koma lonse komit kugulisa ndalama zilimmatumba mwao kodi malawi akupita kuti?

  5. sindikumvetsa zinthunzi guys,how does the stastics go,from position 88 to 120.should we say that the promblem is worsening,or getting better?? somebody help me please .coz if they say that Malawi is on position 1 among the poorest countries in the world,if it changes to position 10,that’s an improvement

  6. Thus why,,,instead of being prosper, our economy is decreasing. Shamefully,,,,,we see some prospering while others,,,, NOT. Mmmmmm, when will Jesus Christ come?

  7. Corruption will not end because the most perpetrators of corruption are shielded, this makes many people to join the nasty system. Those that only mismanage hundreds and thousands of kwachas are arrasted leaving those who steal millions and billions of kwachas, SHAME.

  8. When u hear rumors of xenophobia here in jonz and imagin of ur home country, the poorest in the world with high rate of corruption n embezzlement of government funds,,,…. Lord stop this xeno

  9. Osauka dzenje lambewa palibe chawo, panopa palibe boma liti lizathandize kuchepesa izi, only jesus, maka awa a pitalawa ndiye azichosa pa worst kufika pa holible

  10. hahahhahhahhah that’s the nation called malawi mwina tingoisintha ikhale malawilano sidzava sidzasintha zimachokera pakhomo kukafika ku xul kuyendera kwa president then the legslature kukhathera national team nicknamed the flaming dust