A report released by Transparency International today shows that Malawi continues to be among countries performing poorly in fighting corruption.
The report, dubbed Global Corruption Barometer, which measures Corrupt Perceptions Index (CPI) in 180 countries, suggests that Malawi’s performance has been on the decline since 2012.
“Since 2012, several countries, including Congo (19), Liberia (28), Madagascar (24) and Malawi (31) have significantly declined on the CPI,” reads the report released today by Transparency International Director Patricia Moreira.
In the report, Malawi is ranked at 123 out of 180 countries.
Last year, Malawi scored 32 on the CPI and moved to 120.
The 2019 ranking effectively means the country has slumped by a single score but worsened by three places in terms of ranking.
For 8 years running, Malawi has been on a downward spiral in terms of corruption.
Chairperson of Transparency International Delia Ferreira Rubio says politics remains a major catalyst for corruption in many countries.
“Governments must urgently address the corrupting role of big money in political party financing and the undue influence it exerts on our political systems,” cautions Rubio.
The report also stressed that: “Money is used to win elections, consolidate power and further personal interests.”
Poor implementation of instruments and legal frameworks to curb corruption is blamed for the continued prevalence of the vice across the globe.
The report comes hot on the heels of a court case on the controversial last year’s elections which has taken a new twist linking the country’s big business to politics.
One of the country’s bankers, Thom Mpinganjira of the FDH bank is currently embroiled in a legal battle with the country’s anti corruption agency, the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB).