By John Ikani
Malawians have lost faith in President Lazarus Chakwera promise to fight corruption with many noting that fraudulent conducts have overwhelmed the government of the day.
These were the results of Afrobarometer survey released on Thursday. Afrobarometer is a pan-African research institution whose Malawi team is led by the Centre for Social Research, a department of the University of Malawi.
President Lazarus Chakwera promised zero tolerance for corruption when he first took office in 2020, but Afrobarometer’s findings suggest that up to two-thirds of Malawians believe his government is performing “fairly badly” or “very badly” in fighting corruption – and that over the past year corruption has, in fact, increased.
The research findings released in the capital, Lilongwe, have not come as a surprise.
In the past few months several groups have staged demonstrations across the country protesting against what they perceive as the government’s failure to deal with corruption.
The influential Catholic Church also issued a damning statement in which they said the country’s leadership was “weak and indecisive” and not doing enough to fight corruption.