Cancel demo, Beam ‘well-wishers’ appeal: Malawi CSOs says nope!

Leader of a group of businesspersons who raised K5 million for First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust to refund the grant to National Aids Commission (NAC), Bannet Chinsinga has urged the civil society organisations (CSOs) to cancel demonstrations planned for January 13, 2015 fearing the events could turn violent.

HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba (L) receiving K5 million from Chinsinga as pro-government activist Billy Mayaya looks on

HRCC chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba (L) receiving K5 million from Chinsinga as pro-government activist Billy Mayaya looks on

The CSOs have scheduled the peaceful protests to be held in the country’s cities to demand Mutharika’s Trust refund a K5 million it collected from NAC despite being a charity that primarily deals with environmental matters, not HIV and Aids affairs.

The First Lady has put her foot down that the money will not be refunded. And NAC board chairperson Kumbweza Banda said there is a process it follows when it wants money returned or refunded, saying that has not been the case with Beam.

Chinsinga told Nyasa Times in an interview on Christmas eve that 10 business person contributed K500, 000 each to raise K5 million so that Beam and refund the money to NAC to avert the planned demonstrations.

A 35 year old Chinsinga who owns chain of businesses said memories are still fresh of July 20, 2011 national demonstrations where thieves and looters took advantage of the situation and broke banks, retail shops, and destroyed a lot of businesses.

He said organizers should carefully review their position.

“We appeal to the organisers to cancel the demonstrations because businesses do fall apart and it will affect the country’s stability,” said Chinsinga.

The Beam well-wishers condemned the CSO’s for the planned demonstrations, saying they are harbouring “ill motives” and pointed at failure for similar outrage during Cashgate where about K23 billion was stolen under the Joyce Banda administration, according to an audit report by British firm Baker Tilly.

However,  Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo, one of the CSOs pushing Beam to refund the money, said the process was a charade .

“The status quo remains the same. The demonstrations will go ahead. That money needs to be returned to NAC,” said Mtambo.

Beam Trust deputy board chairperson Collins Magalasi position remains that the money can never be returned.

Centre for the Development of People (CEDEP) executive Director Gift Trapence said the CSOs are calling for demonstrations following the numerous challenges that the country is going through.

“We have a NACGATE yes that is just a sub item, look we do not have a working judicial systems in this country this is the second month, we have water shortages, blackout on daily basis, economic challenges Malawians are going through, health systems are in problems,” he said.

On cashgate, Trapence said Malawians demonstrated by removing Joyce Banda through the ballot.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC), chairperson Robert Mkwezalamba said they are keeping the K5 million and they will formally write NAC and Treasury on refunding it.

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57 thoughts on “Cancel demo, Beam ‘well-wishers’ appeal: Malawi CSOs says nope!”

  1. mona says:

    Demo is on madzi akusiyasiya moonjeza and mlakho abweze ndalama za nac after that apm must resign

  2. baba says:

    NGATI MULI ACHISONI NDI MALAWI, WHY NOT RAISE MONEY TO SORT OUT ISSUES IN HOSPITALS, SCHOOLS ETC. WHY RAISE MONEY FOR BEAM WHO ARE ALREADY RICH. CORRUPTION AT ITS BEST. YOU KNOW WHEN U BUY GENERATOR FOR THE HOSPITAL THATS GENUINE WELL WISHING. WHEN U DO IT FOR BEAM THE BIG PEOPLE WILL DO SOMETHIN G IN RETURN. KATANGALE BASI.

    CAN MPS PLEASE DISCUSS THIS WELLWISHING BUSINESS AND MAKE IT ILLEGAL. TATOPA NDI MA CHAKUTICHAKUTI GATE.

  3. jame says:

    Atumbuka demo yanu singatheke, believe u me. We had a common cause in the Bingu era, not this hatred based so called Demo. U will believe me! U can not amass the support you are dreaming about- no way! Malawians are more awake this time!

    1. Mbwinda says:

      Umbuli ndi umenewo! Politicians sow a seed of tribalistic anarchy sothat they can easily control and manipulate u. Development of Malawi will need all Malawians inspite of their demographics.

  4. Keen Observer says:

    The problem of seeking solutions from human beings. There is no one who will bring solutions to our problems other than The Lord. People will be people greed & selfishness. No matter who we can put in government the fact remains the same, these are politicians they will be politicians

  5. fathi slshehaab says:

    well demos or not…but ..nismsnagement &stealing aid money not plausible…oneway to send msg is demos…amebe amapha anthu ndi a boma noe cso….bodza!

  6. NYAKWAWA says:

    Tell BEAM Trust to refund the money be4 January 13th apo ayi Mass Demos more fire!

    Stability ya dziko custodian ndi President NOT Csos.

    Abwanawo auze amayi kuti alandire thandizo akabweze ku NAC

  7. New Govt says:

    Demo for male president is better than the against a woman? Iwe Ntambo zija unkapanga mu great hall kumalimbikisa ma Demo ukadali nazobe? Ufuse undule zozuza a malawi and pano he is a born again iwe wangomaliza ku chanco in 2008 and mageyi eeee ma elections ayi koma living standards how can we economically enjoy a cashgated nation? Paja unkapanga BAH sunaphuzire logic kodi? Trapence uchenjere mulili wako wasala pang’ono ask undule! Sikuwopseza koma be guided by your consciousness!

  8. chipatso says:

    Well! Well!! Kwaaachâ! Malawi oyeeeeeee! Atumbuka nonse muyimike manja tizikuziwani bwino.

  9. Munthu odzikonda mtumbuka says:

    Ife ndiye timadana ndi DPP ndipo demo tikapanga nanga tinamepo apa!

  10. he umbuli apa aaaa!demostrations doesnt mean destroying properties.change that mindset kungoloweza chilichose.poti 2011 anaphwanya katundu ndekuti pano azaphwanyaso nde chani..if you dont have ideas nthawi yino njolima…let those who hv this country at heart demostrate..adausi ndi NIB amapanga za HIV/AIDS basi anthu asayankhule.apresident anu amene kugawila atolankhani ndalama za AIDS kuba kunasala k8million ili kuti…aDPP mwayambilaso nkhanza zanu mukuti anthu asamayankhule ngati mwina inu ndi mafumu.awuzen amayi anuwo azikasesa munsewu amayambisilanji bungwe kavunyani wachabechabe alibe kalikose.

  11. Tiwonge ndiwe galu ya munthu aku mpoto zikutikhuza pati zimenezo udani wopusa basi

  12. angoni says:

    Is it so hard to repay the money. Nawo a NAC what process is it that they take.

  13. Moni says:

    I never thought this could cross my mind, but with these so many happenings in my country coz of one sector of our land, I believe it would be better if these people were seceded from Malawi and given their Nyika country. The more I envision about it, the more I foresee Malawi prospering without these Northerners. These people never wishes our country well, they always create chaos in our motherland since time immemorial. I am so fed up with these selfish people, if not gaysim, then it’s demos or strikes. They can’t work for the better of the country but always conniving on Malawi’s destruction. Please Malawi, let’s part ways with these people if we want Malawi to develop.

  14. Israel2013 says:

    TIWONGE & AZOMBWE mukunena zowona akulu akulu ama CSOs ndi aTumbukakadi: Gift Trapence, Robert Mkwezalamba, Martha Kwataine and Timothy Mtambo. Koma anthu ena so tribalistic.

  15. DPP’s Lutepo is Barnet Chinsinga. Watch out.

  16. chakwanuleka says:

    This Robert Nkwezakamba is a stupid idiot. What business has he got to do with stolen funds. Wisdom would have told him to handover the money to BEAM for the institution to refund the money to NAC. Now this is complicating simple issues. Stupid idiot

  17. matiki says:

    Ofunika kuwamenya kwambiri achina sembeleka ndi anzake

  18. Gide says:

    What they want is blood to refill wa pa20 july watha. Opusa ndiamene azapange nao

  19. LEGALWISE says:

    I attended one of the meetings and they are saying they are being sponsored by Joyce Banda because she wants APM to die so that she is saved from cashgate prosecution. Just allow these lunatics to go to the streets like what you did with the federal proponent. Resistance will give them more vigour.

  20. Vyoto says:

    Tumbukas tumbukas Tumbukas never stop to amuse people. They are in an JB illusion, being funded by her the way she did when Bingu was alive. This time Malawians are better knowledgeable. Just concentrate on gay issues but do not let people die coz of selfish motives of your satanic jezebel. This time you have got it wrong. Nobody will follow you blindly as people did on May 20 when you paid sacrifice to your master with innocent blood. This time you will see the apathy that will be there. By the way, haven’t you learnt something from Undule Mwakasungura who later on repented? He was lucky that he repented, may be some of you won’t have that opportunity!

  21. Tiwonge says:

    Ine zikundicititsa manyazi abale anga akumpoto tanyanya kuzikonda. Tinamva kuti mbuyomu bungwe lakuntcheu pamwambo wawoi komanso ku rumphi anapasidwa ndalama ndi NAC. Lero bungwe la pfuko la president wathu mukuti abweze eshiiii abale amzanga tanyanya kuzikonda, msankho.
    Pano a BEAM abweza mukuti mademo alipobe, mwaonetsatu kuti pali comwe mukufuna sizokhazi ai
    Komatu akukutumaniyo akupwetekesani atumbuka amzanga. Ziwani kuti boma ndi boma basi musaphese anthu osalakwa aphee.

  22. Azombwe says:

    Atumbuka agundika kutokota. Agalu inu mulibe manyazi? Nthawi ya abiti mtila munali ziii, lero phokoso lokhalokha anthu ozikonda inu.
    Musatinyasepo ndi mademo anuwo apa. Ndipo opita kumeneko ndiopanda ntchito ameneyo wosafunila dziko lake mafuno abwino.

    1. Michael Gama says:

      Iwe azombwe ndiwe galu wopusa kwambiri kaya ndiwe mchawa mchewa mlomwe you are a mis representation,nkhalamba yako persident wopanda manoyo ngati anakugulira banzi nonse ndinu anyani opusa .leave the tumbuka alone.the problems malawi is facing now is not for one tribe nor created by tumbukas but mlomwe ndi mchawa so think before you write your nonsense

  23. Chesikelo says:

    Simwathandiza olemera kale pamenepo. mukuti anthu 10 apeleka 5 million sichoncho koma ndinakakhala kut ndine kapolo wakuphalombe opanda dzina ndadwala ndikufuna thandizo mumati tilibe ndalama. pliz ndalama zimenezo munakathandiza nawo osowa bwenzi dziko litatukuka ndithu. chenjerani kaya mukufuna muzipeza ma contract m,boma mosavuta aaa mulungu akuwona ndithu. kangachepe komwe mulinako thandizani osowa.

  24. Nkhombokombo says:

    It is rather unfortunate that NAC took away the money from NAC earlier, they could have just appealed to their so called Wellwishers for help. Regretably the money has come so fast as a challenge. We note this from the reaction of BEAM officials, they are not remorciful. Shame on you!

  25. Chamba eti anthu inu ndinu opusa mumaoneka ngati mudapita kusukulu koma ndinu mbuli.Mukudziwa demo sichibwa katundu wawanthu amaonongeka komaso ena kuluza miyiyo yao palibe chimene amapezapo.Pamene inu mutenga ndalama zomwe lakupatsani bungwelo muika mthumba Mwanu pamene ena akulila m’bale wawo. Zopusa ngati mwasowa chochita lisiyeni lokha dziko la MALAWI

  26. Cimenti says:

    Well done you you business men, both those who came in the open and those who were anonmous. You have served the country from a potentially volatile situation. Let this be a closed chapter and the country move on.

  27. padoko says:

    CSOs, kindly tell us what demonstrations will yield. Is just because you want to impress your donors for more funding to your organisations. You are just a bunch of selfish western puppets. You are just bent on enriching yourself. Offer constructive criticism to the govt and leave us alone from dirty demos

  28. Kalanga says:

    Well wishers having devilic minds! How do u accuse the organizers of demo? Are u justified with your payment of money. Possibly read James 4v6-7.

    Actually u wl be able to understand ur conscious!

    Mwians r suffering, we went through cashgate and we blve this gvt would do us favor.

    Hence pple are nt prepared to hear of other gates. Thats why this gvt z cautioned! The earlier the better!

    Otherwise let us try demo to make things rt for this gvt!

  29. Ralph Chienda says:

    There is no voice of reason and logic in what is being advanced by the CSO’s, we all know that the Genesis of the strikes is the cashgate b3cause of the eroded value of the kwacha , which government is trying to address, we all saw in the past two years how these CSO’s were being silenced through hefty packages from the positions rewarded to them by the previous regime. I personally did not see any positive outcome from the famous July 20 demonstrations apart from loss of life and property and its a gone conclusion that the impending one is no different. My advice is that please Martha Kwataine, , Sembeleka, Trapence and Mtambo spare the peace of this great nation, because you are just wolves in a sheep skin, we know your political sides. It is my sincere hope that Malawians will get tired of your sinister motives and put you on the firing line one day.

  30. ROBERT TIYENI NAZO, KOMA MWAUZE ZOONA ZENI-ZENI ====BWANJI AKUFUNA KUONONGA MALAWI

  31. Leo says:

    Don’t fool us. This is a political influence. You have been given government money to pretend its from well wishers. Stupid

  32. Bwampini wa Muthanyura says:

    Ha ha ha ha another word added to the Malawi English Dictionary: Nacgate.

  33. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Shut your stinking mouths and selfish minda up!

  34. Kenkkk says:

    It is not only beam that needs refunding the money, Mlakho must also refund the aids money.

    Violence on the demo will only come from dpp thugs. We know you through and through!!

    The demo is about the shameful and embarrassing failure of the dpp govt to demonstrste good governance to the nation. Only about seven months into govt and you are giving us scandals after scandals!!

    Just as you feared the vote recount, now you are fearing the demos and you will try to cause as much chaos as possible and try to blame others.

    Any malawian blood shed on the demos will be dpp responsibility and you will eventually pay for the consequences now or in the future or when time catches up with you dpp people.

  35. Barrister McLoyd says:

    Every reasonable CSO leader need no further research to know that the current economic problems are inherited from PP regime. The issue of NAC funds has been resolved. We do not have many successful businesses in this country as such we need to desist from creating a negative environment that can become conducive for thieves and anarchy. My appeal is that CSOs should cancel all demonstrations and help our nation by formulating win win strategies that can foster economic success. The current economic challenges call for united effort not just that of President alone. We should all feel concerned that our country has remained poor despite fostering many economic strategies. Change should come from all of us not by issuing threats, causing stress and sabotaging the already hardworking leadership of DPP. Let us support the current reforms of Public Service and make more recommendations to bail out our country from poverty and grass thatched houses.

  36. felix says:

    demo for wat.who hs benefited frm demo.u source fund in z name of demo ukhuluku mbava inu.wat is 5m imene mmabera ndalama zama donors inu ma cso.malawi has so many issues that need pipo of goodwill to do somthing nt mademo.why cant u seat down with he.well done chinsinga bt do z same to other deserving pipo.zitsuru zama cso zilibe ntchito mbava zachabechabe

  37. DvD says:

    kodi iwe Trapance nthawi ya joice banda munali kuti?

    Timamabungwe tanuto ine ntchito yake sindimaiona ku malawi kuno.

    Kodi umagwira ntchito yanji? Nanga umagwira ma boma ati ndi ati?

  38. one day is one day says:

    Inu musatinyasepo apa ndi ma Gay organazations

    Nthawi ya Joice Banda munali chete, lero chifukwa akulamula ndi Mutharika mwayamba zoti musokoneze.

    Pangani mmene mungapangire koma ziwani kuti zolinga zanu tikuziziwa.

  39. chimtumbuka says:

    Atumbuka awa ntchito zawo kudzikonda

    1. Davie Gama says:

      Kuyankhula ndi konyerela kumeneku.

  40. chimtumbuka says:

    Mtambo is a tumbuka he is bitter with Peters presidency no wonder. You will fail by fire. Chaka change 2015 ukumana nazo uona. Atumbuka at work

  41. munthu wabwino says:

    The well-wishers are wishing Malawi well. Nobody wants a recurrence of July 20. Truth is the blood of those who died on July 20 are on the hands of CSOs and their masters.

  42. Tuyuni says:

    This is a big propaganda that wel wishers have organised K5m, but the truth is that they have decided to return back the money in the name of wel wishers, so that they must not be disgraced nor risk proscution, thus why they deliberately denying to pay back the money. At the end it wil assume as wel wishers have paid on their own wish. Palibe amene wasonkha ndalama apa ,ndi zomwe zija, akukanapo mwadala.

  43. ujeni says:

    Demonstrations are held world over, i know it is a new thing in Malawi, more especially being very sleepy we expect some people against demos. Demos have brought change, brought down brutal dictators, ended aparthied, civil rights in America by Martin Luther King, nothing strange to deminstrate. Let those who are suffering demonstrate and hand in their petition

  44. zoona says:

    Instead of being well wishers,u are bad wishers to the people of Malawi.For how long are you going to refund the stolen money?If that is the case do the same with cashgate&92 billion.You do this not in good faith but rather to advance your personal needs.The people you are backing are thieves&may be you are also thieves for birds of the same features flock together.

    1. chimtumbuka says:

      Choka Iwe fwifwifwi chani apa wapangapo chani kudziko lako ulesi basi

  45. When we read in the Book of 2 Timothy
    chap 3 vs 17, We hear that, So that the man of God, may be Complete , thoroughly equipped for every good work. In this verse, the word “Complete” means that, we as Christians, we should be , or , Obey the Gospel. Becouse , Our Heavenly Father, Need true worshippers. Peace to You all, I love you all, stay Blessed. Amen

  46. Fathara says:

    ISABWEZEDWE APANGE ZIMENE AKUFUNA KUPANGAZO. AMABUNGWEWA ALI NDI ZIFUKWA ZOSATHELA, TAWONANI ZIFUKWA ZIMENE AKUZINENAZI?? KUSONYEZA KUTI ZIVUTE ZITANI IWOWO ALI NDI ZIFUKWA ZOFUNA KUGWESA BOMA, KOMA SIZITHEKA YESU MULUNGU WATHU ANAZUKA MMANDA NDIWAMOYO SIMUPHULA CHINA CHILICHOSE MUNDI KHULUPILILA. ACHINA TRAPESE NDI AZINZANU AMENE MUKUPANGA ZIMENEZI, MULUNGU AKUKANTHANI CHUFUKWA CHOFUNA KUSUSANA NDI MA PLAN AKE AMENE ANAPANGA. ONANI MUKUWAWUZA A MALAWI KUTI AMUNA AZINYENGANA AMUNA OKHAOKHA ZIMENEZI NDI ZABWINO?? KODI NDYE KUTI ZIKO LINO MUKULIFUNILA ZABWINO?? AYI SIMUKULIFUNILA ZABWINO, INU MUKUGWILISIDWA NTCHITO NDI SATANA, KOMA MUZIWE KUTI IFE A MALAWI TIKULIPEPHELELA ZIKO LATHU USIKU NDI USANA NDIPO POSACHEDWAPA MUCHITA MANYAZI.

  47. Mwihavani says:

    Even in our houses we have problems. As parents, we work together with our sons and daughters to sort out such problems without indoor fights. Demonstrations will take us nowhere. Innocent people are always affected in such brainless acts. Please if you want to make your names, do something good for us to remember you forever. Leave Malawi in peace. The doors to state house are open for discussions. Professor Peter Mutharika is on the driver’s sit whether we like it or not. He is the right person to sit down with and discuss such pertaining issues, other than mobilising innocent people to help you achieve your uncalled for motives. Leave Malawi Alone, please!

  48. Kenturiyo says:

    Chinsinga looks as you have been brought in into the whole game to play games with Malawians. It is apparent that you and your colleagues who are busy defending the immoral act by Beam have more sinister acts to do and that is to engage in acts of violence during the demonstrations.

    1. GUTUTU says:

      Watchout chinsinga eyes on you as 13th approaches. You can fool some people sometime, but you cannot fool all the people all the time!!

      1. Mirella K says:

        Gututu, u r very right… this Chinsinga is a pawn thatbis being used. Chinsunga is a very stupid guy in town who thinks can fool Malawians around

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