Malawians trust religious leaders, army – Afrobarometer survey

A survey by continental pollster Afrobarometer says Malawians place more trust in faith leaders and the Malawi Defence Force (MDF).

Malawi Defence Force officers

Malawi Defence Force officers

The poll, released recently, indicates that 8 out of 10 nationals look up to the two groups, and not other groups such as politicians, traditional leaders, and others.

The 97% of Malawians belong to one faith or another, with about 84% being Christian, 13% Muslim.

A God-fearing nation, Malawi has never been to war, but places a lot of trust in the military, which has been rated one of the best in Africa and beyond.

Afrobarometer is an independent research project that measures the social, political and economic atmosphere in Africa.

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23 thoughts on “Malawians trust religious leaders, army – Afrobarometer survey”

  1. samuel kwakwase says:

    AWA Samanama am happy that our faith leaders can be trusted if you have problems with zanu izo. To follow God does not mean that you are poor and the opposite is true read psalms 1:3. What is needed is just to agree with the report and work on the other areas . Si aja ananena kuti DDP ilamulanso aja awa? Lero mukulamula ndi inu? bravo faith leaders bravo the army!!!!!!!


  3. Amuna ngunda ngunda- aku malowa . says:

    KIKIKIKI komamwati a JANJAWEED, ALIPO 13 PERCENT, SIKULINA NDINAPITA KUMPIKISANO WA MA KWAYA KOMA ZINALIKUMENEKO ANVEKERE CHE ISSA dawagroup ayimbe panabwera azimayi okha okha , kenako anvekere pabwere MALLIYAMU ndi KHADIJA dawa, panangobwera azibambo okha okha, nanga abale che issa kukhala azimayi , khadija kukhala abambo kikikikiki.

  4. Patrick Majoni says:

    Eeee.koma ifedi ndi anthu omvetsa chisoni.Zomwezi mpaka zafika kumpikisano wa mipingo?That’s why we remain undeveloped.Zauzimu kulibe majority.Its about one’s rightiousness.We shoulden’t waste our time creating percentage,what for.Musanamize anthu za 65% ife tili kumalawi konkuno.Paja mipingo ya pa Malawi siisiyana ndi zipani za ndale eti?

  5. Concerned Parent says:

    Nursary ya boko halam mpaka 13 percent?mavuto kwambiriri

  6. muzu says:

    the trust in religious leaders is down to brain washing and the fact that the majority are born in religion. most pipo are religious and not spiritual. Also not that poor people are mostly religious. The majority of Malawians are poor. Malawi is the poorest settlement in the universe. MDF is one of the few institutions which does not openly engage in corruption. Much because it is not involved in day to day transactions with the citizenry. Only a few individuals dealing with procurement and stuff alike which takes place behind doors in form of cashgate. Not very surprised with conclusions of this research. Poor people, women and those that feel vulnerable are religious. They find solace and hope that things will be better in the next life. Have you ever wondered why we have preachers in local buses and not in luxury coaches and planes? Why? In local buses the majority of passengers are poor locals and are likely to believe and appreciate preachers than in coaches and planes. Ndangodutsamo

  7. Even if u say muslims r 13% islam wl kp on growing…….so opposite z true muslims r 84 n enawo 13% mukambayo musamanamize anthu apa iyyyyyaa

  8. Nyakulama says:

    inde mpaka brotherhood nayonso iripompo

  9. That’s why many Cashgate suspects are also faith leaders.

  10. Achimidzimidzi says:

    This may be true because I also trust my Christian leaders and the Army. MDF are rarely involved in scandals as police officers do.

    I have no problem with percentages or numbers of Christians and moslems. Every one will give his/her own account of life on the final day. So it’s a personal choice and commitment.

    See you there!!

  11. mboba says:

    Mbachi eeee you say chieves are collupt eeeee don’t make me laugh with your spelling

  12. Patriot says:

    Just 13%. Koma tikafuna kusokosa ngati tilipo tambiri.
    You are just 13%. Nkhumba kuno kwa Tambala tapha ndipo tagulitsa agalu inu.
    Eeeee zoona andale sitimawakhulupilira ata pang’ono pomwe makamaka akakhala a nepotism. A polisi ndiye ich, ndi mbava zokhazokha zikusowetsa mtendere mdziko muno.

  13. mzimwale says:

    Mwati a Boko Haram ISIS and AlShabab akufika mpaka 13%?

  14. chechisyano says:

    mmene mudayambira kuti asilamu alipo 13% kodi sakuberekana

  15. Ana amuna a mphongo says:

    Big up Afribarometer. Aleast we have something that is very true. Men of God this a call to walk the talk. Pull up your socks.

  16. The Patriot says:

    Very true, timakunyadilani ma Soldier athu! Keep it up! I wish I was your president, nonse bwenzi mukulandila bonus at the end of each year, ntheradi!!! Kupanda Army, April 2012 would have been a disaster in Malawi!!!

  17. ANALYST says:

    Yeah, this should be true. Atleast I trust my Church leaders at the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (Bishops Thomas Msusa, Martin Mtumbuka, Tarsizio Ziyaye, Montfort Stima, Emmanuel Kanyama, Peter Musikuwa)

  18. che bint says:

    research body that i respect

  19. James Issah says:

    Are you sure for wat u r saying? Do you believe that Muslims are making 13% of Malawian Population That’s a big lie as much us I know.

  20. NYAKWAWA says:

    Mutu wako iwe adakunamiza ndani kuti ife asilamu tilipo 13% muno m’Malawi?

    Pakali pano ife asilamu tili 65% muno m’Malawi.

    Muchonga tikangofika pa 75% in decision making positions!

  21. wanda says:

    On faith leaders, does it include the self- acclaimed prophets and pastors of fellowships? I doubt that. So many nasty stories about them. The army should also put its house in order – armed robbery and cash gating, eeiish!

  22. MBACHI says:


  23. Kaybeez says:

    At least our conscience is ok and admirable!!!

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