AD2: Malawians support a strong Parliament despite disappointment with representatives


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Chunga, Joseph J.

Malawians value Parliament’s legislative and oversight role but are highly critical of the performance of parliamentarians, according to the latest Afrobarometer survey.
Most citizens disapprove of how their Members of Parliament (MPs) have been doing their work and believe that their MPs do not listen to them. A significant proportion of MPs are perceived to be corrupt, and public trust in the National Assembly as an institution has waned. Malawians assert that it is the responsibility of voters to make sure that elected officials, including their MPs, do the work they are elected for, although they are divided as to whether elections enable them to fire non-performers. The findings clearly show that Malawians strongly support the institution of Parliament in the country’s political set-up but are calling on their MPs to serve them better.