New Malawi Report Points To Progress But More Still to Accomplish

September 11, 2012

With Joyce Banda assuming the presidency of Malawi, the country has reverted to its old flag — a rising sun — rather than the full sun which former President Bingu wa Mutharika insisted upon. It isn’t a demotion for Malawi: wa Mutharika’s full sun was always grandiose folly. Although the traditional flag of independence, the rising sun seems particularly evocative of Joyce Banda’s presidency: heralding promise and a brighter future. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute’s (IBAHRI) new report on Malawi titled Rule of Law in Malawi: The Road to Recovery recognises this promise and the reforms that have already been made under President Banda’s administration. But the challenges to rule of law in Malawi are deep and manifold and require systematic reform that won’t happen overnight. In detailing those obstacles and issuing recommendations as to how they might be addressed, the report provides critical reading and comes at a particularly auspicious time.

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