One of most respected American research groups Gallup has ranked Malawi former president Joyce Banda among worst leaders in sub-Saharan Africa.
The research group says it based in poll on face-to-face interviews with 1,000 adults older than 15 years of age in 26 countries.
President Banda has ranked 17 out of 26 leaders, received an approval rating of 51%.
Banda edged Zambia’s Michael Sata who is ranked 18th (49%), Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe ranked 21st (44%), Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf ranked 24th (42%) and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma was ranked 25th with 41% approval.
Democratic Republic of Congo leader Joseph Kabila sat at the bottom of the log table with 24%.
The best leader on the Gallup poll was Mali’s President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, who received an 86% approval rating, seconded by Botswana’s President Ian Khama with 81% while Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta came in at third with 78%.
The survey says across all sub-Saharan African countries surveyed in 2013, residents who said they are living comfortably or are getting by on their present income were far more likely than those who said they are less well-off to approve of their presidents’ job performance.
“This suggests that better-off residents may be benefiting, either directly or indirectly, from a certain economic climate nurtured by the leader and his or her policies,” says the survey.
The Gallup poll results were published just as African leaders were preparing to attend the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington.
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