A new report released by World Justice Project (WJP), has ranked Malawi one of the top countries when it comes to observance and upholding of the rule of law.
The global report that ranks countries’ adherence to the rule of law, puts Malawi in position five while Botswana is named the top performer in the Sub-Saharan African region.
This is a humiliating contrast to what some Civil Society Organisations in the country told UN meeting recently that Malawi’s rule of Law is being injured.
The WJP report, issued in Washington, counts 18 African countries among those it measures, and uses eight yardsticks to assess how the rule of law is experienced.
Zimbabwe headed by Robert Mugabe, is ranked the worst performer in Africa and the 3rd last in the whole world with Venezuela being the worst ranked in the whole world.
The Index measures how the rule of law is experienced in everyday life for 102 countries worldwide, with scores and rankings across eight categories.
These categories include; government powers, absence of corruption, open government, fundamental rights, order and security, regulatory enforcement, civil justice, and criminal justice.
The Index relies on over 100,000 household and 2,400 expert surveys to measure how the rule of law is experienced in practical, everyday situations by ordinary people around the world. Performance is assessed using 47 indicators across eight categories, each of which is scored and ranked globally and against regional and income peers.
“Effective rule of law helps reduce corruption, alleviate poverty, improve public health and education, and protect people from injustices and dangers large and small,” said William H. Neukom, WJP Founder and CEO. “Wherever we come from, the rule of law can always be strengthened.”
The WJP Rule of Law Index is the most comprehensive index of its kind and the only to rely solely on primary data.
Countries measured in the Sub-Saharan Africa region are Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone.
Others are; South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Another notable feature of the WJP index is that several countries that foreign investors have been eyeing with high hopes nonetheless perform poorly in terms of the law. Kenya comes 12th, Ethiopia 14th and Nigeria 16th.