n Malawi Law Journal - Good governance or government reform? Transforming political accountability in Malawi

Volume 5, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1996-7675



Although 'democratic constitutions' contain comprehensive catalogues of human rights and fundamental principles, the implementation of such constitutional principles and rights remains a challenge in many African countries, including Malawi. In most cases, the governors do not consider the interests and wishes of the governed; parliament does not focus on the merits or demerits of the proposed law but rather on the intentions of the ruling elite. Yet, the government in a constitutional democracy is premised on the sustained trust of the governed. This article argues that law reformers have an important role in ensuring responsive governance and participatory democracy by aligning law and policy to the Constitution and through strategic advocacy to canvass the wishes and interests of the people.

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