Malawi scores highly on human rights, national security in Mo Ibrahim Index

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While Malawi has slipped to position 18 out of 54 African countries on Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance, it has achieved highly in some categories such as participation and human rights, as well as in national security.

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Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG)‚ a monitor of overall governance performance in African countries, report shows  that Malawi has achieved its highest score in national security with 95.0% while it has scored 64.2 percent in participation and human rights.

Malawi achieved its highest category score in 2013 when it was ranked 16th out of 52 nations and its worse performance was in 2009 when it was on position 23 out of 53 nations ranked.

The Seychelles‚ Namibia and Tunisia occupied the top tier positions in terms of overall performance while South Africa remains in the top ten most deteriorated countries over the past decade along with Libya‚ Madagascar‚ Mali and the Central African Republic.

Mo Ibrahim, the chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, said he was pleased with the overall governance in Africa which he noted is improving.

“However, the slowing and, in some cases, even reversing trends in a large number of countries, and in some key dimensions of governance, means that we must be vigilant.

“Without vigilance and sustained efforts, the progress of recent years could be in danger of vanishing,” Ibrahim said.

Commenting on the outcome, Minister of Information and Communications Technology Nicholas Dausi told a local newspaper on Tuesday that said as Government, there were trying hard to follow best practices and owing to that, various institutions, including those under the United Nations, have commended them.

He said: “in our view, I think we are trying our best….unless the Mo Ibrahim Foundation points out specific issues we are ready to correct.”

Mohammed "Mo" Ibrahim is a Sudanese-British billionaire businessman. He worked for several telecommunications companies, before founding Celtel, which when sold had over 24 million mobile phone subscribers in 14 African countries.

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