Mixed views on Malawi governance performance as rated by Mo Ibrahim index

Malawi commentators have differed on the current governance rating in the 2015 Mo Ibrahim Index.

Dzonzi: It's correct refelction

Dzonzi: It’s correct refelction

Kayuni:  Not true picture of the current status

Kayuni: Not true picture of the current status

Malawi is now ranking 17th, jumping by one step from last year’s position 18.

Founder Mo Ibrahim, the Sudan-born telecoms tycoon launched the index in 2006 in a bid to help African countries measure and improve their performance.

It ranks countries according to 93 indicators grouped under four categories: safety and the rule of law, participation and human rights, sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

Launched in London at BMA House, Tavistock Square, this year’s index shows Malawi’s overall governance rating at 64.5 percent and 10 in the continent.

Malawi has a lower score of accountability at 35 percent. The indicators in the accountability category include; accountability, transparency and corruption in the public sector, corruption in government and public officials, diversion of public funds and access to information among others.

While despite an increase in criminal activities, the country has scored 95 percent in national security.

One of the commissioners of the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), Justice Dzonzi described the rating as “fairly good.”

“It reflects in general terms the correct position,” Dzonzi a local radio on Wednesday.

He added: “The general manner in which we are conducting government business, we are doing very well. We are not off the mark.”

But associate professor and head of political and administrative studies at Chancellor College of the University of Malawi , Happy Kayuni, said the Mo Ibrahim ratings “is not reflective of the immediate context in which we are in Malawi .”

Kayuni noted: “Most of the [positive] results happened during the Joyce Banda regime. She took over the time when her predecessor [late Bingu wa Mutharika] had bad image of human rights and governance.”

He said under the current rule of President Peter Mutharika and the DPP, the country is sliding back to bad governance.

“We are seeing a reversal, those who are concerned about human rights must be watchful,” said Kayuni.

On corruption, Kayuni pointed out that the ‘Cashgate’ issue “has not been fully addressed.”

He cited the brutal murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director of corporate services Issa Njauju as one of issues that “raises more questions” than answers.

Speaking in London, Ibrahim said the 2015 Index of African Governance shows that “recent progress in other key areas on the continent has either stalled or reversed, and that some key countries seem to be faltering.”

“This is a warning sign for all of us. Only shared and sustained improvements across all areas of governance will deliver the future that Africans deserve and demand,” he said.

The top three countries in the index remain Mauritius, Cape Verde and Botswana.

The bottom three are Central African Republic, South Sudan, and lastly, Somalia.

South Sudan and the CAR were the biggest fallers, followed by Mali.

The survey also rated Zimbabwe as one of the six countries that made strides in addressing governance issues, despite its leader Robert Mugabe being one of Africa’s longest serving leaders.

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We are doing extremely well given Zero Aid Budget. We are just doing so so so good! We were in a similar situation with Bingu and: We had money but no sugar, fuel, and no medicine that we could buy from the pharmacies etc name it. Joyce did not test the Zero aid in her Leadership though towards the end, she was nose diving with too much borrowing by the government. We could not have reached this far. Today, comparing in the same situation that Peter is in with Zero Aid, I can buy anything that I want. All I… Read more »
Kondwani K
No true picture of the current status. Is it from your bad headed up stair there or its from your research? So you would be happy if Mo Ibrahim Index rated Malawi as the last ten poorest country in terms of what have been rated here. You are very bad. An image of a bad citizen. You are the type of people who could be titined if you were in Afghanistan, Vietinam, Pakistan, Somalia, Nigeria. If John Chilembwe wokes up today and find you doing that, I think he would cry for his blood which was lost in fighting for… Read more »

vuto la anthu a kumpoto ndi loti samafuna kuyamikira anthu a zigawo zina. nthawi ya Joyce Banda anali chetechete ati chifukwa amunawo ndi a kumpoto. munthu akukuyamikirani inu mukuti iyayi tsopano mufuna chani. atnhu akumpoto ngakhale aphunzire chotani ngakhale akhale mkulu wa mumpingo amaganiza mopotoka basi…mixuii

Esmos Ganga

Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk. This is entertainment. Is this how we solve our problems…..sheeeeeeeee !

Happening Boy
The truth of the matter gentle people is that the results mentioned in this report are not for the present situation, it’s about the past period where indeed Malawi tried in the sectors mentioned. Prof Kayuni is referring to present situation thence his argument is misplaced but with his reference to JB’s time is not misplaced for the report in question is mostly based on that period. JB plundered the economy through cash gate which also started during Bingu regime but borrowing Kayuni’s assertions, JB took over the government from doldrums and many areas indeed improved as indicated, like security… Read more »
che msumbo in rsa

Chikulire iwensondendan machendako amimbawonawenso zotianthu chaka chino amwalira chifukwa cha pitala maflops panyiniya amako

Mbowe Mulambia

Who is fooling who? the situation on ground speaks louder if things are OK then stop begging and you will see what will happen in the country.

Joyce Hildah Banda

These are Chanco lecturers. No wonder the University is poorly rated in Africa. At world level, it is even worse. All comments come from Chanco show mediocrity. There is a need to scrutinise the lecturers recruited there. I pity Malawians for the quality of lecturers

Malawi wa Lero

Umbulitu ndiwabwino. Siumalira mlingo wautali kapena wobvuta kuti udziwe zofunikira paumoyo wamunthu. A little more is ok. Kodi chikhalirenicho agogo, makolo, ana kungokhalira kugwira ganyu muma Tea Estate nkumakadya migayiwa yanyemba nde m’modzi watsogola ali tiyeni tizidya masoseji, angamve zaanzawo?


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