Dulani sticks to survey findings: ‘Mutharika has his work cut out’

After being attacked at a rally by President Peter Mutharika and his frontline DPP troops for carrying a “bogus” survey, Dr Boniface Dulani   said the Institute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor) report can be used by government as early warning signs other than being in denial.

Dulani: Survey shows there has also been lack of leadership on critical issues

Dulani: Survey shows there has also been lack of leadership on critical issues

Dulani in the survey findings titled titled “Democratic Governance and People’s assessments of President Peter Mutharika’sone year in office”, it is clear that the President and his DPP government have convinced themselves that they are doing a good job.

However, Dulani said “when public opinion does not match government’s own positive-assessment, it means that what they are doing is not resonating with the wider public. They, therefore, need to do a better job persuading the public about the viability of their agenda or change course before it is too late.”

In an interview published by The Nation, Dulani said the survey findings are showing that a year into his presidency, Peter Mutharika still has his work cut out in persuading Malawians that he is the right captain of the proverbial ship.

“Majorities in the three districts remain unconvinced about his leadership performance and many more say they do not trust him, including a majority in his own home district. This does not imply a trade-off between good governance and public trust. Good governance should feed into increased public trust for leaders. Trust, in other words, has to be earned through leaders’ commitment to good governance.

“Mutharika is seen by a majority in the three districts as not inspiring hope for the future, that he is not performing to their satisfaction a year into his presidency, should be cause for concern for the DPP government,” said Dulani.

He continued: “ A good leader should reflect on this and seek to change course. To do otherwise is to reduce good governance to something that is abstract and far removed from the people.”

The University of Malawi political science don, pointed out that while the survey results show a largely negative picture from the people’s view, it also acknowledge that there are a number of initiatives that if sustained, bode well for the country’s future.

“Take for example the president’s pledge to limit the size of cabinet to 20, the on-going public sector reforms, government’s willingness to allow civil society organisations to exercise their right to demonstrate, to mention, but a few examples.

“Indeed, in the survey itself, we noticed a rather interesting dilemma for people of Rumphi. While a majority said they are unhappy with Mutharika’s one year in office, a majority was also willing to place their trust in him-possibly because of his promise to construct the Livingstonia-Njakwa road. We interpret this to mean Malawians are open to changing their negative perceptions of the president and his government.”

The polls’ conclusion says “it might be too early to pass judgment on the Mutharika presidency”.

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The survey is meant to fool Malawian opposition and give a springboard to DPP. It is a strategy to give APM more ground to easily convince people as he defends himself. It is therefore very unwise for opposition to jubilate on such a sharp knife that in the end hurts the owner. Take your time to check what the previous surveys did to opposition!!!!!!

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Angenda for change
stupid findings indeed..Did u see the Heroes welcome for mutharika at his home????. The fact that some stupid politicians hv put some poor journalists on their payroll to decampaign mutharica dont think his supporters who voted for him inthe just ended elections hv vanished..This time do ur research not at adrinking joint bt with sober and neutral focus…..Be informed that llomwe belt loves Peter and novone can move them supporting dpp its their dairy breakfast.Ofcourse the stupid and basrless survey was meant to kickback at peter for xxooling u fools at chanco to know ur duties.Having aphd mreans alot otherthan… Read more »
Concerned Citizen

A Dulani, you have made that reaerch. Now what do you suggest for our country Malawi? We want constructive criticism.
Can you make other researches on: 1. Whether malawians would like to continue with Socialism or not? 2. Whether the cry for federation has a just cause or not. How can you advise the govt to solve the problems?

Zanga Phe Basi

Dulani akati dpp iwina mumati koma ameneyu the sane dulani says u r not peeforming as expected mukuti u e biased!

it is not dulani who biased here but u ppo who r bigheaded and egocenteric! I thot u wud take dulani’s findings as early warnibg signs and bench mark for your performance measurement indicators.

B objective when taking takings things.


iwe angoni a paphata ndiwe chitsiru mulomwe. apm mbuzi yakoyo ingafanane ndi Bwana Chakwera?

ken shaba

We should look at Malawi as a banana Republic.no difference between the educated and iuneducated leaders.Malawians can not act when things are going wrong because even in homes there is segregation.


Wakutsina khutu ndi mnasi,kungoti zimapweteka

Joe Mpezeni

We don’t even need an afrobarometer whatever kind of survey.Mutharika is a total failure for Malawi.Saulos and Mbendera gave us a raw deal.

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