Malawi improves ranking on global corruption index

Malawi has improved its ranking in Corruption Perception Index (CPI) computed by the global anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI).

Mutharika: Corruption not greater now than it was before the Cashgate

The country has moved  from 122  last year to 120  according to the report released by the Berlin-based watchdog, National Integrity Platform (NIP).

The improvement comes as  Malawi tries to recover from the systemic looting of state coffers under former People’s Party (PP) administration. The $50m Cashgate scandal in 2013-14, when a third of the government’s budget was stolen, led international donors who funded nearly half of Malawi’s budget to withdraw funding, leaving the economy foundering.

President Peter Mutharika, who is seeking fresh mandate in the May 21 presidential race, has always argued that corruption is not greater now than it was before the Cashgate revelations.

“We are doing more development than at any time in the country’s history. If there was so much corruption there would be no money to do what we are doing,” Mutharika is on record to have said.

The latest corruption perception index worldwide  also saw the United States dropping four notches out of the top 20 countries in the world.

Botswana remains Africa’s most transparent country with a ranking of 34, followed by Namibia, Mauritius and Senegal.

Malawi  goes to polls in May 21 in what Mutharika calls “watershed”. The country has held competitive elections since 1993, when the repressive one-party regime of Hastings Kamuzu Banda, who ruled for three decades after independence, ended.

But analysts say the country is still mired in a cycle of personality-driven patronage politics that feeds graft.

The economy has been stabilised since the Cashgate scandal, with inflation tamed to below double digits and central bank reserves rebuilt. However, gross domestic product growth, estimated at 4 per cent last year, is regarded by the IMF as too slow to raise most of the population out of poverty.

But Mutharika administration says it is pursuing ambitious plans to industrialise Malawi beyond subsistence agriculture and a reliance on tobacco exports.

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
3 years ago

120 and 122.Whats the difference?? Rubbish

mulokhowalomwe@gmail.com
3 years ago

Aba ndalama za salima -Lilongwe water project any time from now khato will start removing zakatundu zawo

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
3 years ago

Kodi iwe ukumalimbikila nkhani iyi, umboni wako uli pati? Waiwala kuti project imene ija inachedetsedwa komanso kuyimikidwa ndi adzipani dzotsutsa komanso dzitsiru zanu achina mtambo? Ndiponso usiye kugwiritsa ntchito dzina limenelo chifukwa mulhakho wa alhomwe sitilemba momwe walemberamo.

Francis Kaisi
3 years ago

The guy has spoken the truth. Khato is a very reputable engineering company. Even here in SA is ranked the top black owned which has a capacity to delivery. Right now they are renovating M1 Johannesburg Motorway. Yet ku Malawi Khato is being taken from pillar to post. Akanakhala ma business amwenye bwenzi atayamba kale kugwila mtchito chifukwa cha katangale. Useless Lomwe government.

kavibangwa
kavibangwa
3 years ago

all these intellectuals and men of influence being happy with two steps from 122 to 120 really?

Roll out ATI now
Roll out ATI now
3 years ago

I feel sorry that some Malawian writers do not know the difference between fraud and corruption. Cashgate was not based on corruption, it was pure defrauding the government. So, why do writers refer Cashgate as corruption? Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that in Cashgate there were no elements of corruption. The main issue under Cashgate was fraud.

Leon
Leon
3 years ago

The improvement to ranking of Malawi to global corruption is due to poor performance on corruption cases by other countries not that Malawi itself is doing better in recovering corruption cases

Mbanji
3 years ago

We need mindset change. Too few educated brains.

Kumzy
Kumzy
3 years ago

Only God knows

Sato
Sato
3 years ago

I thought would say Malawi is now in 100 bracket. This is improvement Mutharika style but mediocrity at its best.

No to albino killing!
No to albino killing!
3 years ago

Koma Mr Ibu nzeru alibiretu. Ukalamba sungapikisane nawo. Maliseche wakula nthawi yamuthera. Zoona iye akuona kuti corruption m’Malawi muno yachepa?

Poverty die die
3 years ago

Guys from 122 to 120 mukuti malawi yapanga improve. Chomwe chachitika pamenepo ndi choti pali maiko awili amene aba kwambiri kuposa mmene akubela a blue wa. Then angowapanga overtake. Tawayikeni pa mpando mu may muno muzaona mmene angazabere.

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