Why Malawi is one of the most corrupt nations in the world

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According to report by corruption perception index, Malawi is one of the countries that has been engulfed with corruption, now ranked at 120 from position 88 in 2015.

Among the factors that have ranked Malawi as a haven for corrupt officials are untrustworthy and badly functioning public institutions like the police and the ACB.

Even where anti-corruption laws are in the books, in practice they are often skirted or ignored and this cannot be a denied fact.

Though Malawi celebrated the birth of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), the country is yet achieve the objective of having such graft-busting body due to political interference, selective investigations on corruption.

Malawi is one of most corrupt nations in the world. (Image credit: Dawin Meckel)

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.

And the Road Traffic officers are among the worst in the country.

While some countries have been ranked high on the basic of having press freedom and access to information, Malawi has been dancing around on this with party followers clapping hands to their leaders who give them empty promise that they are to assent the bill once elected into power.

It was reported that President Peter Mutharika was to sign the bill in two weeks after parliament approved the bill, but that report is yet to be true, as the bill has not been signed to date.

Public expenditure, stronger standards of integrity for public officials are also challenges that the country is facing as reports reveal that some cabinet ministers have not disclosed the value of their assets to the public.

The interplay of corruption and inequality also feeds populism. When traditional politicians fail to get hold of corruption, people grow cynical.

People are turning to populist leaders as it is the case of Vincent Wandale leader of Peoples Land Organization (PLO), who has vowed that the two neighboring district of Mulanje and Thyolo are a stand-alone nation if the state fails to resolve their issues of land on time.

Wandale has also been citing corruption to be another factor that has driven him to call the two districts’ split from the main mother Malawi arguing that politicians have failed to save citizens from the chains of poverty.

The abuse of high-level power that benefits the few politicians and business captains at the expense of the poor Malawians, has caused serious and widespread harm to individuals and society as there has been a shortage of drugs in our public hospitals and money to be used to buy fuel for ambulances.

Underfunding to most government departments has been the most news item that media practitioners have been presenting in their newsroom with now the reports turning to be traditional.

Corruption hurts all countries and Malawians can give testimony to this, but as a country are we going to allow people being “deprived of their most basic needs and go to bed hungry every night because of corruption, while the powerful and corrupt enjoy lavish lifestyles with impunity.” José Ugaz, Chair of Transparency International says.

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  1. It’s because of badly functioning public institutions like the police and Anti_corruption Laws . Those Public institutions they stop working as thier job jus get salary for mahala!

  2. The most corrupt is Somalia according to report on BBC website. The near perfect or better is Denmark at 91%. It means therefore corruption exists in all countries. Of course MALAWI is among the worst at 31%. True! The major corrupt organisations are police, road traffic, ACB, Audit, MRA, immigration and all the public. It is us who corrupt us. Corruption also exists in newspapers, radio stations and on line media such as Malaw24! They report after being given money by politicians,individuals and public to report negative stories against others in public.

  3. My fell Malawians, this is what we see physically, when you refer it Spiritually, what is is this time?

    We talk of increasing of corruption from a certain rank (88) to (120), what was good about (88)? Why (88) looks ok in your eyes? If we talk frankly, did we complain of corruption when (88) rank was there?

    I have seen numbers from 45 going up, but I didn’t see 00 or 01 or 1. All the numbers are huge but they seem ok for us simply because one has increased from a certain president rank 115 to 120, the difference of 5. What’s different? Corruption is corruption. Desire to see 0 tolerance corruption in our country, there is no good numbers there.

    Let me speak basic on Spiritual life, what we see and experience, God is speaking to the all Malawians to turn from their wicked ways and walk in God’s then God will bless our land. If we think this is just a time, for its own, we deceiving ourselves.

    Let’s consult God so that the Egypt we see today, shall be noo more!! In order for the the Israeli to occupy Canaan, the promised Land by God, they didn’t just enter it because it was promised to them, God prepared them and they Fought the giants of Canaanites and the won.

    It need us to Pray to God, so that Him alone will prepare us, Him alone will raise a leader who shall lead Malawians abundantly. All the giants we see up there eating those grapes, are Canaanites, we need to position ourselves before the Lord, if we stand together, God shall do the rest.

    Why always mourning and weeping? Malawi stand Upppppppp!!! God has heard iur cry, God sees our tears. It’s time to arise, this war is God’s not ours.

  4. Eshiiiiiiii maudindo mangopasana bachibale okha okha tiyeni tioneso nduna ndizomwezija nthawi ya kamuzu , muluz ,bingu olo kusithako

  5. Shame thats why we doing well on economy hahahaha shame on us TIYENI tivote timakatenga munthu wobwela woti alindinyala yandalama kuti azazitse thumbalake

  6. Chamba ngati mwasiya corruption chimanga chili kuti nyani gondwe muzina lako lonyasalo kkkkkkk ukuva iwe peter ndiwe ukusogolela kuba upita pa ndatha ulibe chilichonse kkkkk

  7. These old people from muluzi era think he was a hero and a cool guy so yah they got influenced….

    Now we just need a new revolution to kickout these unreasonable old dudes

  8. Our leader do not love our country. Their gredy it in their blood. Once we choose the party that was corrupt the we end up like these M.C.P was better off

  9. Ukudabwa cha ife timafuna kukhara patsogolo pazinthu mpira sitidziwa ndiye chinyengo chitikanikeso mbola man apa zilibwino chifukwa tili pa top

  10. Onse amamalowa ndale ndi oti adalephela kulemela ndikutchuka pa Iwo okha ndipo ndi alesi.
    Cholinga chawo ndichofuna ulemelelo kuzela mkunamidza anthu kuti awathandize.
    Mukalimbana nawo muvutike ndinu,ayikenu pa mpando monga zakayesala zinenedwa.
    Ngati inu mmalawi osadalila wina kapena zawulele pangani zomwe mukuwona kuti zithandiza inu ndi banja lanu mosadalila boma.

  11. Mulungu akanati aziulura amene akuononga dzikoli mtundu wa Alhomwe ukanakhala patsogolo kenako Atumbuka ndipo kapena kuti Mulungu achikhala amati aziyankha nthawi yomweyo mapempero awanthu mitundu imeneyi ikanaonekera poyera koma pakuti Yehova ndi wanthawi yake ndiye patsiku lakumapeto ndithu enawa tikaonera

  12. Malawi ranked 120 from 88 on list of corrupted Countries cos the Anti-Corruption Bureau has become even more corrupt than ever before. ACB is not madeup of Angels neither will they investigate, arrest & try their Grannies, Dads & Mums, Uncles & Aunts, Brothers & Sisters etc……. I’d suggest that the People start pickingup these guys from their offices, get them lockedup & call for investigations before bail.

    • The problem with ACB ndi nthambi imodzi ya boma and wankulu wake amasankhidwa ndi president. That’s a mistake coz sangasankhe munthu oti adzasemphane zochita. If we want ACB yoti izipanga function we need to change our constitution kuti izikhala yoyima payokha and azisankhana okha mmipando.

  13. Bingu was closing all curruption gates but he just left us mawa omwe then ena anatsegula cash gate taking advantage .AMALAWI TILI SUPER

  14. Take at look

    So this is Dowa. And this is 2017 in Malawi.These women are coming from the hospital. And the woman in the middle is carrying a dead child. The hospital has no ambulance to take the dead body home. And they have no money to hire a car to take the body home. Just wondering how many new cars we have ku state house. 200 expensive cars carrying one person. And these women actually voted for an Mp and president. And above all, there is a functioning ministry of Health in Malawi.
    Now and then I read news about huge donations made by Developed countries to Malawi to improve the lives of people. I wonder where all that money go to the extent that the Malawi gvt can’t afford to buy an ordinary ambulance for a hospital.
    Seriously this is where we are in 2017???????
    If this story was about chaponda or any story about a certain celebrity’s scandal, this post would have been all over on Facebook and watsaap. But because these women are poor nobody cares.
    We Focus on stupid issues no wonder they take advantage us.
    If you shared Chaponda’s post, or Dan Lu’s photo and you ignore this you seriously need to evaluate yourself.
    MALAWI in 2017!!!! For real??

    We need to demand change and that change begins with us.
    Let’s focus on what matters.

    Please share this post and let’s make noise. We need change!

    • Its real unfortunate that its happening in these days where we have alot which we can share,help ,change and improve as a country but becoz inhuman leaders who are busy feeding there big berries. I bont loose hop cox i knw that thse so called leaders they will pay for all these mess bringing to poor malawians,

  15. MOST RICH COUNTRY HAVE VERY LOW CORRUPTION, SOMALIA, SOUTH SUDAN, ERETRIA, MALAWI, AFGHANSTAN AND ALL THOSE POOR COUNTRIES HAVE A HIGH CORRUPTION RATE. ALSO TJE SE POOR COUNTRIES HAVE A VERY HIGH RELIGIOUS RATE, THE CONNECTION BETWEEN MASS RELIGIOUSNESS AND MASS poverty IS THAT THE GENERAL BELIEF IS RATHER THAT HUMAMS CANT CHANGE THEIR DESTINY AND THAT IT WAS WRITTEN THAT THEY STAT POOR AND THAT IF GOD WANTS THEY WILL BE RICH, COMPARE THIS TO THE THE EATHIEST WHO STRONGLY BELIEVE HE HAS TO WORK HAD AND MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES TO GAIN FINANCIAL PROGRESS. A PRAYRR CANT TURN A DONKEY INTO AN AIRCRAFT, GOD WONT perform THAT MIRACLE AS HE GAVE YOU INTELLIGENCE TO SUPPORT YOURSELF. POOR COUNTRY HAVE A HIGH RATR OF externalization OF FOREING EXCHANGE AND TAX EVASION. AS A RESULT GOVERTMENT INSTITUTIONS DONT FUNCTION COZ OF LACK OF FUNDIND TO EQUIP AND TRAIN YHE ALREADY UNSKILLFUL PEOPLE WHO WERE HIRE ON NOPITISM BASIS AND NOT MERIT. IN RICH COUNTRY COMPANIES HIRE THE BEST OF THE CANDIDATES BASED ON MERIT , THIS GROW THE ECONOMY AND IT INCREASES THE REVENUES OF A COMPANU THEREBY INCREASE IN TAX PAUD TO GOVERTMENT THEREFORE INCREASE IN LEVEL OF SERVICES AND FACILITIES OFFERED BY GOVERNENT. THE GREATEST THING THAT MAKE A COUNTRY RICH IS THE AVAILABILITY OF EFFECTIVE EASY ACCESS GOVERNENT INSTUTIONS FOR ALL DELIBERED STRICLTY BY REGULATIIN ,STANDARD AND LAW IE POLICE, JUDICIARY, EDUCATION, HEALTH SERVICES, TAX COLLECTION SYSTEM. ALL RICH COUNTRIES HAVE THESE FUNCTIONAL SYSYEMS IN PLACE WHEREBY ALL POOR COUNTRIES DO NOT HAVE , HOWEVER THE LEADERSHIP IN POOR COUNTRIES IS RICHER THAN YHE AVRAGE Can POPULATION THEREBY THEY ARE FULLY RELACTANT TO INTRODUCE ACCOUNTABILITY. ALL POOR COUNTRY HAS A HIGH EXPERNALISATION OF FUNDS NY ITS GOVERNMENT PERSONAL OR BUSINESS COMMUNITY’S. TO BE A RICH COUNTRY IT POSIBLE WITHOUT THE DISCOVERY OF GOLD OR OIL, DO THINHS that RICH PEOPLE DO AND STOp Doing things that poor countries do.please check GDP of Botswana and compare its corruption levels to its neighbours as ilan example. To achieve things we never have achieved before we need to do things we never have done before, retards.

  16. boma lathu la Dpp silakuba amene zikumuwawa akokolope kunyanja.Mcp ibwere kudzagwira ntchito ndi ife.anthu opanda pabwino boma kugula chimanga ku zambia osathokoza?? tionana 2019 ndi mcp!feteleza kuponi woyeee!!

  17. Prophet ndiye angati, Kamzu anasogolera ziko la malawi bwino bwino, kunali prophet? .
    Mnthu wa Mulungu , kuasata za ndale ziwani mwa iyo choonadi mulibe, .
    Ndale ndi boza ?
    Ndiye mkuti prophet akayambe za ndale ndiye pamenepo pali chilungamo?
    Za Mulungu mpaseni Mulungu.
    Za kaisare mpaseni kaisare.

    Prophet wa boza wonamizana anthu