Callista bemoans lack of donors for her charity as Beautify Malawi takes control

Former First Lady Callista Mutharika said her chariry, which she formed soon after marrying the former head of state, late Bingu wa Mutharika, is still active but bemoaned lack of donors and publicity as the major set back.

Callista Mutharika:  Former First Lady

Callista Mutharika: Former First Lady

Callista formed Callista Mutharika Safe Motherhood Initiative with pomp at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe soon after she became First Lady.

“My Foundation is still kicking but it does not get the publicity that it used to get because am no longer First Lady;” she said.

She said donors have also run away simply probably because Bingu wa Mutharika is dead and no longer in power.

“In Malawi it is politics. They help to get favours from the president,” said the former First Lady

. It is not known whether her predecessor Patricia Shanil Dzimbiri’s charity –Freedom Foundation – is still active.

Callista said she has not been able to meet the current First Lady Gertrude Mutharika, her sister in marriage who is running Beautify Malawi charity.

She said she would not interfere with her job.

Bad ties with JB

In a recent television interview, Callista said her relationship with the former head of state Joyce Banda was strained when the were at Hunger Project where Callista was chief executive officer and Banda was member of board of trustees.

“Bad blood yes, there was bad blood but let bygones be bygones;” she said.

She said Banda felt sidelined in crucial meetings like when the Hunger Project vice president came and she was not invited for dinner.

“She even wrote the vice president over the issue and he responded that he was too busy to meet her but she could not take that. So the problems started way back before I became First Lady,” she said.

On a lighter note, Callista said she proposed to 8ingu to maker her official hostess instead of becoming first lady said that time she was not ready to take another matrimonial vow. Her first husband died.

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50 thoughts on “Callista bemoans lack of donors for her charity as Beautify Malawi takes control”

  1. willybetha says:

    Anamwa tea azamwaso workhard apezeka stupid European wina akuthandizani molowa manja.

  2. nyasaeditor says:

    pliz pliz inu aku nyasatimes, do you ever check your articles for errors and such like stuff… there is no article you write without misspelt words, omitted and/or missplaced words…is it your style bytheway?…this is an online publication which is read widely…be good

  3. Mgulu says:

    I just like JB foundation. It was there before and it is still here. Learn from this foundation.

  4. Allan Banda says:

    let it go!!!

  5. madalitso says:

    everything in Malawi goes with politics no wander

  6. bomdia says:

    draw tangible plans they will help you. osati ma tea party

  7. Achakulungwa says:

    Ndalama zomwe unkatibela kuzela ku Safemotherhood ntchito yomwe JB ankagwira ulele, mwamuna wako nkumulanda ndikukupatsa iweyo nkumatapa ma million zija munatafuna zonse? Iwetu wagwanayo basi. Ngati ukufuna dollar bwera ndikutikite round imodzi ndikupatse yokwanila miyezi iwiri ypkha poti nanenso zandivuta. How much is your budget?

  8. botomani says:

    Your husband stole from us and you want to continue from where he stopped. Mwauponda Mayi just find another husband.

  9. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    Which donors? The very same donors you were castigating together with your late (husband) Bingu that they can go to hell? Ohooooooooooooo,kalanga ineeeeeee!!! Akuluakulu sadaname kuti a well is seen deep after it has dried up (chitsime chimaoneka chakuya chikaphwera) eti?. Ndiwedi okongola koma kutumbwa kwako unkapanga padzana paja ndikomwe kukukupweteketsa.Why can’t you plead with Mulli who used to bankroll whenever you had a launch, dinner or any fundraising activities,where is he now?

  10. mbava zopanda pake says:

    Why are you advertising this woman? What is the hidden agenda here?Campaign , chani? And the issues written about za zii!

  11. Wakwithu says:

    Koma china amayiwa anabadwa. Akazi a ku mwela ndi wokongola. Koma a kwathu kukaya mayo !!!mayo!!!

  12. QueenB says:

    My problem is the writer of the article. I wonder if he has an editor. Spell check is easy for computer users but it doesn’t look like for this online newspaper.

  13. Khwagwala says:

    This lady was illegally getting paid over MK1M monthly by Bingu’s DPP government to run her charity organisation. Yes I still remember. Her organisation is tainted and no sane person would support it more over fund it. Enjoy the inheritance money and let us be.

  14. Alex Likoswe says:

    No money to steal. Why found when you cannot sustain. Myopic

  15. Rich CJ says:

    Now thus when you are making the point clear. It means that you form these so called charitable organisation mainly to rootout the money from the public funds. Yes, hinding behind the poor to enrich yourself. ” Days are numbered, weighted and
    divission”. Had it been that your has viable ajendas with visible outcome, many poeple out there could have in and strength your org. I hope you of age madam, can you open your eyes and see, what can you see? Or let me help you Ma-am, there is Joyce Banda foundation, Home
    Of Hope in Mchinji formed by Rev. Chipeta. They keep on going come rain/sun they are there for poeple ineed. Now pls Ma-am, can leave MALAWIANS alone, we want to try forgeting the mess you and you dectator husband put us in. Where are all the bags of Us dollars that were coming out of Kamuzu palace after the death of your so called husband? If you were genuin, you could keep quite and use the money u pitched for your charity.

  16. Mukharapwio says:

    U grudge bearing woman,who told u to start it in the first place.even more where did u expect the funding to come from.Richard Banda former first gent. did not start a charity to do with sports although he is a reputable sportsman,he knew his limits that is just fucking Joyce.u the Mutharikas like partying so much and u also like snatching well established programmes from ministries,put ur name on them and threaten ur way to get funds frm parastatals,amwenye,mota engel,ministries so when out of power u are good riddance and they can’t fund u coz u can’t threaten them.if u have courage start threatening them now.

  17. yunusu says:

    Tangokayima pa stereo madona ambirimbiri

  18. chilipaine says:

    Yemweyu anene kuti “I did not heistate to say yes, and then she she says “I wanted him to make me official hostess”…koma kuli Suta Chimombo ko…akungogudubuka m’manda mwachemo ndithu. Kodi amene tinali pa Poly tikumbukira kuti anali Kalista yemwe ananyenga Suta…atatha kufufutana ndi Chikaonda.

  19. Mlauzi says:

    Patricia Shannil Muluzi is now leading a very prayerful life and volunteering on Radio Maria. She does not seem to have hangovers of State House

  20. Nabiyeni says:

    Zauchitsiru Malawian politics nde kuti chani mmesa iwe unali mommo. Zako izo foundation mdzina lobera anthu ndalama. Ukhaula we are better off without your foundation pita udzikalima uko. You can not meet your sister in marriage due to the differences you have with her. Ife zitikhudze zimenezo? Iwe unkafuna Pitala akwatire one of your friends, Rose Luphale or Juliana Guga instead of Gertrude. She is quite aware of what you were doing and now you expect her akusekelele. Kagwere uko galu.

  21. If all these charity organisation are for good cause, why cant they just consolidate all the organisations and have same donors funding one organisation? If every first lady comes with her own organisation, how many are they gona be in 40 years time? I feel like these organisation are formed to enrich themselves. Madam Callista has inherited a lot of riches from Bingu. If she is a noble person why cant she use her money to fund the organisation. Charity begins at home Madam.A Samaritan will always be a Samaritan it does not matter how much she or he has.

  22. MLOMWE says:

    oooooooo i get it now. so u r the one unamudanisa JB ndi Bingu eeeti

  23. Sembamembe says:

    What happened to all the money you got through your bogus charity during your husband’s reign. Which sane donor can finance you when you can’t even account a single coin you raised through tea parties.

  24. Chilombo says:

    Why is Callista in the news everyday?Why not Shanil or Mama Kadzamira?What are you tryina tell us?Wapanga chani iyeyu?Ali nditchito yanji?

  25. KAMBWE says:

    Ingolowani chokolo ndi Pitala yo mai muona NGO yanuyo idzukanso

  26. mogasa club member says:

    another is another, this lady is cute. mwina ndisiya kufuna juliana

  27. DR.CASHGATE says:

    Zimatero timabungwe toyambitsa ndi ndalama zakuba mukamakhala ku State House , Mai Callista munafika poyiwala kuti ili ndi dziko munkaona ngati mudzakhala muulemelero mpaka muyaya lero mwaziona game yakumbenukirani and donors cannot donate in an organization that is infested with Cashgaters .

  28. Unenesko Nguwemi says:

    No need for foundations from state house.They are useless.Why do they die when first ladies are out of state house.

  29. Hkmdidi says:

    This sounds familiar! All organisations initiated by big women at the state house end like that. They are formed on morale hence get funding from political donors who support the current occupant at the state house… not former first ladies!

    On relationship with JB, I think Calista is to blame. She perpetuated the infighting between JB and Bingu! She had the a chance to advise his husband not to be harsh on a fellow woman, but instead she was in the forefront castigating her at her rallies that JB is a mandasi seller. She forgot that she was first lady and not a politician!

    I love God, he took away Bingu and Calista was stranded! I could see she wanted to just get swallowed into the ground when the same JB became president and they sat next to each other during the funeral period!

  30. KARU UNITED says:

    Bola Mai Getu omwewa, tawazolowera. Awatu saamvetsa kuti nthawi yawo inapita. Ma dona, a chiyani, inuyo ndiye ma donawo. Kungoti muli ndi mwayi kuti kuno ku Malawi anthu ake ambiri ndi opusa/ogona mumangoti mukati ndalama kuno athamanga nazo. Panopa ena tayamba kumuda Pitala, chifukwa, chotibweretseranso anthu okola ngati inu ndi uyu akuti Jappie yu.

  31. sain it like it is says:

    if your charities were started based on hard work rather than stolen tax payers money and forced political donations then it would survive but since it wasn’t started on good faith ..hard work…and good faith..it will die as a lie it is

  32. William mzunga says:

    The problem with first ladies is that when u r in government u don’t continue ur outgoing first lady’s project instead every first lady has her own project because of politics selfishness at the end all the projects by first ladies are useless

  33. Dr Kwapata, LUANAR says:

    Amayi awa ndiwokond chocolate with two hanging bores. Mmmmm pant politics basi

  34. Moyenda says:

    Mmmmmh?! Suddenly in the limelight.
    Yesterday talking about Bingu romance. Today about this. Tomorrow that.
    Someone has an agenda, and this is part of the strategy.

  35. Patriot says:

    Ma donors wo angonweretsa ndalama muli sitting phwi kunyumba kwanu?
    JB is running up and down to find donors for JB foundation, inu mukungoti fwi fwi fwi.
    Go hunt for donors malo motitopetsa apa. Paja we didn’t like you much, munaononga Bingu ndi inu.
    Ethel was a great woman.

  36. Sapitwa says:

    Madam Callista,use your network to get the funding. You are better placed now to find and cement those sources of funding. You and APM are related; he is your brother inlaw. It should be easier for you and only you can make your relationship with family no.1 work provided what you do is not a duplicate to what your sister in marriage is doing. She should be your best friend in this relationship for them to assist you.

  37. lackison says:

    So u can keep grudges for years against each other and claim to be Christians

  38. Tengupenya says:

    In another piece nyasatimes reported that The interviewee ddnt hesitate to accept marriage proposal and, in this piece it is being said that she also proposed an alternative arrangement ? Shaaa!

  39. The Analyst says:

    . . . More often than not, God does not bless enterprises whose intentions are largely different from what the eye of the common man sees.
    . . . Many gullible Malawians believe that the Safe Motherhood Initiative was a noble cause meant for some poor women or whoever, but some of us know that the initiative was established largely to enrich yourself n your husband through donations from the politically connected donors and well-wishers.
    . . . Now that you have done almost everything on earth, getting married, re-married, re-re-married, amassed wealth e.t.c; don’t you think its time to put your house in order? And do some soul-searching? And come closer to the Almighty? ‘How?’, you ask? Listen . . .

    “. . . Good teacher, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ . . . Jesus answered, . . .’sell everything you have and give the money to the poor and you will have treasures in heaven. Then follow me'” – Luke 18:21-24.

    “This scripture has come true today” – Luke 4:21

    Sell the ill-gotten Ndata and give all the ill-gotten riches and money to the poor through your charity and then REPENT. In your repentance, don’t even ask for or accept any donation form anybody till you use the last tambala on this cause. And when your eyelids forever hug each other; and to heaven or wherever, you go, for God to meet; and so happen to be asked about the ill-gotten wealth, you will have something to say: “I SHARED THE MONEY WITH THE POOR.” Am sure God will lend you, not the whole ear, but His earlobe. Do this while you live. Otherwise, am sorry!!

  40. Umphawi says:

    Zimafuna kutakata, ndalama zingobwela iwe uli phwii. The donors want to see you working had. All the people that gave you money for your foundation coz they wanted to win favors from “Daniel Phiri” what’s in it for them now? …….. Why would they give you money now?

  41. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    The lack of donors is the clear testimony that all the so called foundations by sitting presidents and spouse are bankrolled using tax payers money. No wonder after leaving office everything falters. Cruel thieves!

  42. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Politicians are super stupid. Callista, you were once a politician and you had an economic marriage with Bingu, so if you were smart and respected that Malawians are clever enough to know how politicians connive with well wishers, you could not have embarrassed yourself by saying the obvious. You are not the first, first lady remember that. And you are not Ethel the original and only wife of Bingu. Mwayiwala mmene munkatinyozera ife tikawadzudzula a economic husband anu aja? Zopusa ife ayi. You are the only first lady amayankhira nkhani za president. Thosebefore never did, even a Getu amangoti ndondondo nda munawo koma sayankhira zomwe timamunena Peter.

  43. For All to see says:

    Your Trust is not transparent Madam !, at one time you promised to publicise your accounts, but this has never happened. People are willing contribute to a worthy cause but Not to what they perceive as somebody ‘s life style.

  44. Issa says:

    ndani ali ndi number ya amamawa?

  45. Pitala says:

    You will never walk alone.

  46. zambezi says:

    Donors? Really? What about Bingus inheritance? What about Ndata Trust? I cant figure out this woman. Charity is about giving. If u r rich u dont need donors- just ise your own money. The mind boggles!

  47. young says:

    for the whole of this week, you guys have been publishing directionless stories about this woman? what’s the deal kodi? i wonder

  48. Gertrude says:

    what happened to al the mllions you were being paid for f…king Bingu

  49. Mpumulo wa bata wayandikila says:

    Zouluka zonse zizatela, A Calista adatela ngati bodza, kuno mkunja kudayanja lichelo.

  50. Kunjenje says:

    This is where the hatred between and among women is laid bare. First its Joyce and Callista..then Callista is rarely seen with Getrude. I understand the strained relationship with Joyce, but why Getrude? It would have been nice to see the two work together for the good of women in the country. I see the same passion for women in Callista that I see in JB, which unfortunately Getrude is yet to show. At the end of the day, its women’s causes that suffer. There is no champion right now peddling basic women’s rights. Seodi has been pulled to public sector reforms and the rest are somewhere in the oblivion. As a result, the political leadership is getting away with murder. Women’ s issues are slowly sliding down the national agenda. Appointment of women into top positions is happening sporadically and unimpressively. Fortunately, educated women like it that way (pull her down) and socI also dont really care if all remained behind. My biggest worry is women in rural areas. You need to be supported Callista. Unfortunately, what can we do when the second citizen is not there yo champion your cause? What can we do when she hasnt made an effort to work with you?

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