Joyce Banda more trustworthy politician – IPOR survey shows

Former president Joyce Banda leads as most trusted political leader, a survey shows.

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Malawi’s Institute of Public Opinion Research (Ipor)  research reveals that Banda – who was mired in a corruption scandal  of unprecedented scale dubbed Cash gate  – that led her to lose the 2014 elections is most trusted leader, albeit with only 32% trust rating.

But after bringing more donor aid into the country, ending the fuel crisis and forex shortage, her presidency suffered a knock when donors withdrew the country’s 40 percent of budgetary support owing to Cashgate that took place under her watch and partly that she inherited.

Governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times that the pollsters are credible and it reflects on true assessments.

“Despite the fact that Joyce Banda has lost popularity with  five percent popular rating by the survey, many Malawians are still able to remember that in terms of fulfilling her promises comparatively  to the current President [Mutharika]  she seem to score highly,” said Munthali.

Banda’s rule was heralded by, donors, including Christine Largarde the IMF managing director, who described her as “extremely uplifting.”

Largarde said Banda is “a woman of courage and determination.”

United Democratic Front (UDF) president, Atupele Muluzi, is the “least trusted “political party leader with only 17% of Malawians saying they trust him, the survey report says.

Munthali said Muluzi has “lacked decisiveness” as his UDF party “lacks direction” ahead of 2019 elections.

Reads the report: “It is also worth noting that more than one in ten Malawians say they know very little of Vice President, Saulos Chilima (UTM), MCP President Lazarus Chakwera and UDF President, Atupele Muluzi to offer an opinion on whether they can trust them or not.

“There is thus slightly more potential for these three leaders to gain more public trust if they can get themselves more known to the public.”

The survey, dated October 2018 was conducted between August and September this year to assess the political environment in Malawi ahead of the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections and give an understanding of the political and economic environment of the country.

Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) supported the survey carried by University of Malawi professors Blessings Chinsinga, Boniface Dulani, Joseph Chunga and Mwayi Masumbu.

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Domasi
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Domasi

Are you talking about the self- serving, self-centered , opportunist , home wrecker, good-for-nothing, Joyce Banda we all know or a different one

Vindere
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Vindere

Trustworthy after she rooted the country and fled into self imposed exile out of fear of prosecution and left Malawians suffering ???? My foot!

Che-Mbaluku
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Che-Mbaluku

Trustworthy???? She sells a Presidential Jet and kept twisting the story about the proceeds. WHERE DID THE MONEY GO???? Malawians applaud mediocrity kaya ndi chani kayaaa!

Kayira
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Kayira

A nation of thieves will identify with a world class thief. Malawi will never, ever, develop. Never. Ever. Ever.

Paramount Chief wa ku Thyolo
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Paramount Chief wa ku Thyolo

Trustworthy on kuperekera nyinalozi tu

Domasi
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Domasi

How can a cashgater ( a thief, wososola, wakuba) be more trustworthy than everyone else ? Have we as a nation stooped that low???

mtete
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mtete

Trustworthy my foot. This Lady? I would agree if they said Most Dull Politician

nkem owoh
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Over my dead body shall this wicked lady rule Malawi again. She subjected many through hardships with her cronies. Joice, my family and I suffered because of your ruthless rule. No ways can God smile at you again. Make a public apology and confess.

DPP Secretary General
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DPP Secretary General

Why should you accept one part of the survey and discredit the other? The credibility of this survey is doubtful. Of course DPP will win in 2019, but it has nothing to do with the nonsense we are getting from Chancellor College Senior Common Room.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

I have never heard this kind of nonsense before. Are you talking about the same JB of Azungu Andiuza fame? Are you talking about the same JB who said she knew who shot Paul Mphwiyo but could not help the court with that knowledge?

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