Malawi has made progress in the battle against corruption and bribery, according to recent assessments, scoring 35 out of 100, 5 points up from previous results.
On the 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), Malawi is ranked 110th out of 180 nations, with Denmark, New Zealand, and Finland topping the list.
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) for 2021 shows that a majority of countries have not stalled in their efforts to combat corruption.
With an average score of 33 out of 100, Sub-Saharan Africa shows no significant improvement from previous years. The gains made by top scorers like Malawi are overshadowed by the region’s poor performance overall.
The success of TMalawi can be credited to current President Lazarus Chakwera’s dedication and attempts to combat the vice in a non-selective manner.
After two years in office, the president has sacked three senior cabinet officials who are accused of being involved in shady dealings.
Lands Minister Kezzie Msukwa, who is accused of profiting from land deals involving a UK-based Malawian businessman, Labour Minister Ken Kandodo, who is accused of diverting COVID-19 funds, and Energy Minister Newton Kambala, who is accused of meddling in the awarding of fuel import deals, are among the three cabinet ministers.
The CPI results over the past decade demonstrate that top-scoring countries have little to show for their efforts to protect the integrity of their own public sectors. For some, the 2021 CPI has even captured regression.
Australia, scoring 73 and Canada 74, have declined significantly, having lost 12 and 10 points since 2012, respectively.
The United States 67 has dropped a statistically significant 9 points since 2015.