ACB issues stern warning against swindle of Malawi Aids funds

Anti Corruption Bureau(ACB) Deputy Director General, Reyneck Matemba, on Thursday sent strong warning to all implementing partners for HIV and Aids projects that ACB will unleash a whip unsparingly in order to completely root out all forms of corruption and wrongful self-enrichment happening in the sector.

Matemba: ACB deputy director

Matemba: ACB deputy director

Stakeholders pose for a group photo after the MOU signing in ceremony

Stakeholders pose for a group photo after the MOU signing in ceremony

Matemba issued a stern warning on during the signingceremony of the Memorandum of Understanding between  National Aids Commission(NAC) and ACB.

“ACB is aware that the infamous cashgate is still taking place in Malawi. It is happening in various forms but let me warn you that ACB will catch you. You can try to hide but we will still catch you even if you die we will deal with your deseased estate because that’s what the law is saying,” Said Matemba.

Taking his turn NAC board chair Paramount Chief Kyungu, said the MOU will help to strengthen transparency and accountability and instill fiscal discipline at NAC.

“This is a very important ceremony for the Commission as it manifests our total commitment to principles of good governance, and more especially, our commitment in the fight against fraud and corruption in all NAC funded projects,” said Paramount Chief Kyungu.

Kyungu said every year, the Government of Malawi, through the National AIDS Commission, disburses considerable sums of money in the form of grants to organizations for implementation of HIV and AIDS activities.

The chief said, considering the volume of resources that are disbursed to implementing partners, there are unforeseen risks in the process.

“That is the reason why the Commission, in collaboration with the Anti-Corruption Corruption Bureau, instituted measures to ensure that funds disbursed and earmarked for HIV and AIDS activities are safeguarded, in order to serve the intended purpose,” said Kyungu.

Kyungu  urged NAC management and the ACB to ensure that these recommendations are taken seriously during implementation the revised MOU over the next four years.

The MOU  was initially developed and signed in 2008 and when it expired, the two parties considered it appropriate to renew and extend it for another three years.

Despite some challenges experienced during implementation, some of the successes of this MOU are very evident.

Among others, the NAC Corruption and Fraud Prevention Policy  is  a fulfillment of the Memorandum of Understanding, aimed at creating awareness of corruption and fraud related issues amongst all implementers of HIV and AIDS activities, as well as  dealing with cases of fraud and corruption, once reported.

The first lady Gertrude Mutharika was forced to refund money her Beautify Malawi (Beam) trust received from NAC for its official launch.

The Beam trust does not carry out HIV and Aids work, yet it received $10?000 from the Aids commission after Mutharika wrote to it. The body funds organisations that carry out HIV- and Aids-related work, but must first submit a detailed project proposal, which Mutharika did not do.

Malawi Health Equity Network director Martha Kwataine said it was unfair for Mutharika to misuse money meant for Aids care, putting the lives of Malawians at risk to promote her trust.

In February 2014 NAC had to refund $4?million to the Global Fund, which had been misappropriated through ineligible transactions and inadequate supporting documentation.

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13 thoughts on “ACB issues stern warning against swindle of Malawi Aids funds”

  1. Jelbin mk says:

    Did you hear matenba well? He said i quote “even if you are dead we will deal with your deceased estate because that is what the law is saying” end of quote. If I have to take what Matemba has said here then I will conclude that ACB has existed with no purpose, look at how do they turn a blind eye to Bingu’s estate despite the estate raising eye brows they have no interest in it. This is an organization that is too selective when serving the nation they take commands from the president and other top government officials instead of doing their job as an independent body.

  2. Muyambe ndi mayi president ndetiona kuti muli serious.

  3. MBACHI says:

    Matemba start with APMs wife she is a big thief. She should pay back our money. Rubish.

  4. cheif says:

    You are the most corrupt organisation in this land, why runting, an organisation full of people who have delivered nothing since its establishment, Shame

  5. Shock says:

    Uyu ndi amene anayenera kukhala director osati mbuzi ina ija. That mbuzi was put to head this body to cover up dpp mismanagement. uja anayenera kukhala dpp youth cadet director.

  6. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr. Matemba and your ACB, are wasting our tax money. Very selective dogs you are.

  7. Nyau Isthobwa says:

    Useless organization izi za kumatako kwa galu

  8. DPP IN DISGUISE says:

    ACB will NOT do anything about BAEM TRUST because they are both the same DPP, but in different names!

    ALL of them are involved in cashgate!
    ACB is a biased organisation!

  9. vwendenga says:

    deal with BEAM and Mhlako then your warning will have value, musatipusise ai mwachepa inu tamangodyani ma allowancewo osamuluma you toothless organization, infact you are the most corrupt. corrupted by the Government itself

  10. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Haaa, haaa, haaa stern warning. We have always heard stern warnings from ACB. You just waste our time. Mukagwere uko nonse, toothless lion.

  11. Kes says:

    Reyneck Matemba I salute you sir keep the fire burning there at ACB.
    You sir are doing a good job without fear or favour.
    Under this DPP government they is no rest for the wicked.
    Ena ndi aja akukhala mozichosa ulemu mu ka bedsitter flat ngati bachelor ndi amuna awo ku America akuti exile….

  12. Bwande says:

    You start with acting on BEAM then we will believe in what you are barking! Why selecting justice when the whole nation is aware of some misused funds before from NAC and you did nothing? corrupt minded ACB

  13. Joseph says:

    Arg shoot me!! Why don’t you start with BEAM TRUST first. Stern warning my foot!!!

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