Malawi in corruption crisis as analysts hits at bankruptcy of leadership 

As Malawi starts New Year, there has been condemnation of the President Peter Mutharika administration over the nation’s moral decay occasioned by high levels of corruption, according to published interviews.

Trapence: Corruption has put Malawi in a crisis needing serious reforms to deal with the problem

Malawian legal commentator based at South Africa’s University of Cape Town, Professor Danwood Chirwa, said Malawian corruption is “so deeply embedded that it requires an entirely new ethical leadership that will prioritise probity and integrity, competence and equal opportunity.”

Unfortunately,  Chirwa notes that “there is no prospect of such leadership at the moment.”

He says corruption accounts for persistent situation of underdevelopment, poor infrastructure, economic stagnation, poor service delivery and deepening poverty.

Commentators have also accused the Mutharika administration’s  reluctance to conclude the K577 billion alleged Cashgate which was reduced to K236 billion because it  wants to shield suspects in the corridors of power.

CCAP Livingstonia Synod Church and Society executive director Moses Mkandawire said the  fight against corruption under Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration  is “mere rhetoric.”

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo has also observed that  the cases of abuse of funds are escalating.

“Unfortunately, there is a blind eye from leadership on issues of corruption; it was observed that the president kept on defending the Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development George Chaponda, when there was clear evidence of abuse of office and corruption which had happened within the ministry,” he said.

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) executive director Gift Trapence said there is lack of leadership commitment to fight against corruption, adding, what is failing the fight against corruption is lack of political will, especially by the President.

He said: “If we have impunity and arrogance coming from the highest office desisting to fight corruption, nothing in this country will move. If we are to stamp out corruption, we need real commitment from the President to walk the talk by not shielding people close to him.

“What has killed this country is that corruption is entrenched within party political systems, as such, whenever a political party comes into power, they think it is their ‘turn to eat’.  As a result, there is a lot of political interference in most of the parastatal institutions from so-called ruling party loyalists who become more powerful than the President himself.”

Trapence emphasised the need to revisit provisions that deal with the appointment and confirmation of heads of parastatals, including having an independent appointing body for the director of the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that has no political affiliations so that corruption can be contained.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) president John Suzi-Banda said Malawi is losing the fight against corruption, adding, “there is bankruptcy of leadership in the fight against corruption, the efforts are half-hearted and lukewarm.

“The institutions that are mandated to fight corruption have systematically been weakened and the officers charged with these functions are highly compromised. I think every well-meaning Malawian knows this. Those that can dispute this either don’t know what’s happening in their own country or are benefiting from these criminal activities,” he said.

Chancellor College-based political and social analyst Ernest Thindwa said Malawians  expected government to decisively deal with corruption, “but to the disappointment of many, those close to the ruling clique are being spared from prosecution.”

But President  Mutharika said he is aware that his government is accused of being the most corrupt in Malawi’s history and that it is selective in dealing with Cashgate cases.

Mutharika challenged the public to submit  names of ministers or anybody in my government involved in corruption,  and he  will make sure that he deal with those people.


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So audit every one of them even if not now but any newly elected govt in 2019 from the president down must declare their assets. Then any extra assets gained have to be declared and how they were obtained – if not legitimate put them straight in jail and charge them accordingly.
That will remove systemic corruption very quickly – from president to police and all in between.

It is the nature and character of us Malawians to get something for free based on no work or effort. It is in our DNA to get fake doctorates, fake contracts, fake allowances from fake seminars, fake romances with other peoples spouses, fake worship and respect of political leaders to get jobs, fake lawsuits to get fake legal settlements, fame sychophancy, fake sentiments, fake driving licences, fake designer suits and clothes, fame music, fake prophets like Bushiri. fake fake, fake. The definition of us Malawians is simply fakeness. There is nothing really authentic about Malawi except for the Lake. Everything… Read more »

You are on point.


Gwemula, you are spot on. In fact, these CSOs or NGOs are the most corrupt organisations in Malawi. Their leaders are very rich and yet claim to be helping poor people. Any reasnable person will know that CSO leaders are there to enrich themselves. There is no difference between politicians and an activists.


Ngani yake ndiyomweyomweyo zaka zonsezi corruption!! Andu awa sazatekanso baba!! sono inu mukutinu ma activists kaya enanu akuti ndi ma political analysts bwanji mukungouwa muli apo wuwuwu! pangani chipanitu chanu kuti muzachose corruption yi mMalawi yuno tu anthu akuba nonse mxiii!


Gwemula ndiwe chule wenweni


Lack of Statemanship is the core value for failure to curb corruption once fall all as they are all busy dipping thier dirty fingers into the National purse shame on them all

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