TI says Malawi Police among the Most Corrupt in Southern Africa

Mutharika's zero tolerance on corruption is not working

A Transparency International (TI) report says Malawi police have been found to be the second most corrupt institution among six countries surveyed in southern Africa.

The research was conducted between 2010 and 2011 and interviewed more than 6,000 people in six southern African countries – Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, the DRC,  Zimbabwe and Zambia – to get views on corruption levels  and what their governments’ efforts to fight corruption.

“In all Southern African countries surveyed, bribes were reportedly most often paid to the police…reported bribery levels to the police are consistently high across all countries, ranging from 64 per cent in the DRC to 38 per cent in Zambia,” states the report, Malawi stands second on Police bribes at 57 percent.

Out of the 1,000 Malawians sampled, 67.9 percent think Police are corrupt, 49.4 percent say political parties are corrupt while 36.5 percent said they thought Malawi’s education system was corrupt.

The country with frequent bribes among the six surveyed was found to be Mozambique at 68 percent, followed by the DRC at 62 percent, Malawi at 58 percent, South Africa 56 percent, Zimbabwe at 52 percent and Zambia at 42 percent.

Registry and permits which includes licenses, fees and permits among others are second at 44 percent, followed by Customs duty at 41 percent, Judiciary at 39 percent, utilities such as water, electricity
and telephones at 36 percent and Education systems at 26 percent.

“In Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia, more than a half the reported bribes paid were to speed up processes, and about one in five were paid to avoid problems with the authorities,” the report said.