Malawi govt rejects Afrobarometer survey on governance front:  ‘Poverty levels extreme ‘

Malawi government has rejected the latest Afrobarometer survey results  that highlight  performance on the governance front  which says nine out of every 10 Malawians or 88 percent believe the country is headed in the wrong direction in terms of handling of major policy issues such as consumer price stability and job.

Dausi: The gap between the poor and the rich is narrowing at the moment

Afrobarometer is a pan-African , non-partisan research research organisation that conducts public attitude surveys across the continent on issues of democracy, governance and the economy – the sort regularly quoted by policy buffs, NGOs and academics with an interest in understanding what people think and how to make things a little better.

But Malawi government spokesman  who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi argues that it is obvious that the survey was conducted to tarnish the reputation of  President Peter Mutharika administration.

In the Mid-Term Review Survey of the performance of President Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) released, Malawians also say government is not doing enough to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor.

In its key findings, Afrobaromete said: “Almost nine in 10 Malawians [88 percent] say the country is going in the wrong direction. This view is shared by large majorities in both urban and rural areas as well as across all major political parties.”

The survey also found that “more than half of Malawians” think the government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” on 13 of the 16 policy issues the survey asked about.

Reads a summary of the findings: “A majority of respondents rate government performance positively on promoting women’s rights and opportunities [57 percent] and maintaining roads and bridges [51 percent]. The lowest scores are on keeping prices stable [9 percent fairly/very well], narrowing gaps between rich and poor [13 percent], and providing reliable electricity [13 percent].”

But Dausi said the DPP-led government is trying its best to steer the country in the right direction and that the gap between the poor and the rich is “ narrowing at the moment”.

Dausi said ,the needs of the youth “are being addressed” and that government  is ensuring that Malawians have “enough to eat.”

Said Dausi as quoted in the press: “Government has put in place incentives to make sure that the gap between the rich and the poor is closed and that youths are trained in technical and vocational skills to enable them fend for themselves and their families.”

However, according to the findings, slim majorities see government as doing well in promoting rights and opportunities for women and maintaining roads and bridges.

The Afrobarometer survey has come hot on the heels of several other negative assessments such as United Nations Commission on Trade and Development (Unctad) data which  indicates that 71 percent of Malawians are living in extreme poverty despite increased public spending on health and education, which are Malawi’s priority areas.

In May, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa’ African Social Development Index (ASDI) report revealed that Malawi and the rest of Africa are getting poor than two decades ago fuelled by inequality.

In April, the Public Affairs Committee, a quasi-religious body and governance watchdog, also rated  poorly the Mutharika administration as it indicated the country was experiencing mediocrity as poverty levels have been deeply entrenched among ordinary citizens.

In the survey, the Afrobarometer team, led by the Centre for Social Research at Chancellor College, a constituent college of the University of Malawi (Unima), interviewed 1 200 adult Malawians in both urban and rural settings belonging to the four major political parties represented in Parliament, namely DPP, Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and United Democratoc Front (UDF) in December last year and January this year.

On the overall direction of the country according to political party affiliation, the survey shows that 92 percent of MCP followers, 89 percent of PP supporters, 82 percent of UDF sympathisers and 82 percent of DPP supporters see the country going in the wrong direction.

Other policy issues where government has been rated as performing negatively include managing the economy, creating jobs, ensuring everyone has enough to eat, fighting corruption, improving living standards of the poor, addressing needs of the youth and reducing crime.


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Real patriot
Real patriot
3 years ago

What can u expect from dunderheads like Dausi?He earns a living by concoting lies to defend the failed party.For your information this guy used to be a gatekeeper during kamuzu times.The robes are too big for this job.Zamukulira. Politics favours mbutuma most of the time because smart people do not like to be pushed by some failed visionless politicians.

Mudzamva liti
Mudzamva liti
3 years ago

Iwe be humane, tanthauzo la mau oti “Overall” umalidziwa? I think you don’t because if you do, you wouldn’t be asking for “gulu la anthu omwe mumawafunsa ……”. Stupid. Dausi, kuopa Mulungu ndiye chiyambi cha nzeru. Ngati iwe ndi anzako amene muli m’bomanu simuopa Mulungu, mudzapitilira kukhala opanda nzeru zoyendetsera boma lanu loipali. Zoona unganene kuti “the gap between the poor and the rich is narrowing.”? Abale ako onse kwanu ku Mwanza ukuwaganizira? Umatamba kapena? Pemene munthu ubvomereza kudzudzulidwa ndipamene umatha kukonzo zolakwa zako. Apa zikuonekeratu kuti this dpp government will never change and the only change will have to… Read more »

Rift Valley
Rift Valley
3 years ago

Dausi will never respond positively to anything to do with DPP’s poor performance when others would view negative survey results as a wake up call, an opportunity to correct things. Dausi’s main preoccupation is to please APM

Well, ignore wise advice at your own peril. It’s not only Afro barometer. Others have highlighted similar shortfalls.

Alinafe Phiri
Alinafe Phiri
3 years ago

Dausi akulakhula ngati mphwake was Satana amene amakondwera anthu akamavutika,moti momwe a Malawi akuvutikira angamanene kuti gap ikuchepa pakati pa osauka ndi olemera.Ufiti chiyani,Kodi saopa Mulungu akamalakhula mwachibwana moseweretsa miyoyo ya anthu.Pali aziphuzitsi amene adamaliza course yawo koma akungokhala,muzipatala mankhwala mulibe,Chanco ikukanuka kutsekula mpaka pano.
Tiyeni tizibvomereza kulephera kwathu ndikumulora Mulungu atipatse nzeru.
3 years ago

Yes the gap between the poor Dausi and the Rich is Narrowing. Not malawians!

3 years ago




be humane
be humane
3 years ago

nine out of ten is 90% not 88 percent. simple mathematics you mean mtolankhani iwe wa Nyasatimes masamu ngati awa ndi ovuta? Anthu mumapanga ma survey inu mudzitiuzanso gulu la anthu omwe mumawafunsa chifukwa pali gulu lina olo mulifunse answer timayidziwa kale. For example asking the opposition (power hungry parties) and the so called CSOs (money hungry organizations) about governemnt performance will rate it almost zero. Ask University of Malawi students will rate the government almost zero because of its failure to run the Tertiary education system. Then ask the malata and cement subsidy beneficiaries will give this government 95%.… Read more »

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