Controversy over Beautify Malawi milk donation: Disi irks ‘donor’ Aslam

Malawian businessman of Asian origin, Aslam Razzaq of Hafsa investment has protested that the a  tonne of condensed milk donation which First Lady Gertrude Mutharika received from Disi General Dealers were actually donated by him and not Disi.

Aslam: I made the donation

Aslam: I made the donation

The First Lady received the donation on Sunday at Kamuzu Palace from Torius Double, owner of the Disi Company.

But Razzaq told Nyasa Times that it was his donation, accusing Disi of “stealing the credit”.

“I made the donation to Beautify Malawi so that the milk can be distributed to young children living in camps in flood affected areas across the country,” Razzaq told Nyasa Times.

“If you ask Disi, they will have no papers to prove it’s their milk. I am yet to make more donations and that it should be properly credited,” he added.

State House press officer Chikondi Juma said indeed “DD General Dealers in collaboration with Hafsa [investments] made that donation.”

But Aslam said the condensed milk was “purely donated by Hafsa Investment only and not DD general dealers.”

Madam Mutharika check the items

Madam Mutharika check the items

“I  had donated 85 cartons of condensed milk and each carton consists of 48 tins. The weight of each tin is 390g which makes it 1.6 tonnes in total. Where did  the rest of the donation went,” he said.

The First Lady hailed the companies for responding to President Peter Mutharika’s call that every citizen must contribute something to assist fellow citizens hit by the disaster.

She said her Beautify Malawi trust was “grateful” that the companies had h so much confidence in them to donate the items to the people affected by floods.

Meanwhile, Lilongwe city central parliamentarian has also commended Hafsa for donating condensed milk to him to distribute in his constituency.

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69 thoughts on “Controversy over Beautify Malawi milk donation: Disi irks ‘donor’ Aslam”

  1. James Phiri says:

    This is crazy. Condensed milk isn’t good food for those affected by floods. BEAM is not a relief agency capable of distributing aid to the flood victims. You want credit for your donation because the donation is about political favour not humanitarian assistance.

  2. So you want to tell Malawian ppl that Disi company hijacked the donation and directed it to First Lady(Beam) not for flood related purposes isnt it?? Bcz the missing of some cartoons has raised eyebrows to many Malawians that they wanted to use it not donate to flood victims.If so then i tell them (Beam) that this was not what was intended.

  3. So you want to tell Malawian ppl that Disi company hijacked the donation and directed it to First Lady(Beam) not for flood related purposes isnt it???

  4. I always vomit when i read something like BEAM i dont know its meaning & origin even its main purpose.Iam now concluding in this way that BEAM was formed only to engage in corrupt activities in this country not to beautify as they say.You see some of the cartoons are missing,they are not even ashamed of themselves.How can you take the milk which was meant to be given to hungry displaced children????? I dont know what prompted Mr Islam to donate through this Useless stinking corruption organisation?? You standing looking like checking the milk yet you taking other cartoons for your own use WHY???

  5. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Malawians wake up !!! I would not be wrong to say that all Malawians are sleepy and stupid ?
    Is BEAM parting away from dustbins and now busy receiving donations for floods victims ? Why taking donations to Mrs Getu Munthalika for floods victims as if you don’t know the 15 districts which have been badly affected with floods in Malawi ? Do people want to make names by going to state house than going to the floods affected districts ?

    ACB needs to investigate this corrupt Indian . Corruption was born in India and got spread alover the world through these people who pray five times a day and the go to mosque everly Friday. Whenever a Mwenye gives it means there has to be hands exchanging hands.

    A real Englishman can not do what stupid Indians are doing.

  6. Joshua says:

    Loading…ndikukuonani nonse muona polekela ndiutambwali wanuwo!

  7. yungsai says:

    aslam doesn’t know meaning of sadaqa.we do show ppl this.jst let them share what ever u gave,Allah will reward mashaAllah.nxt time if u want to help dnt go with this big fish cz there dont care bout poor malawians but they stealng our daily basis thru government name.watchout!!!!!!

  8. salavador says:

    you motherfucker, why are you insisting. Did you give out of good will or for recognition. doesnt your holy book say that one hand should not know what the other has given? So your so called donation was not meant to support suffering Malawians but to further your business interests and strategically position yourself for favours from getsu, her stupid husband and the bunch of clowns that surrounds them. shame on you assholes, trying to get favours on the plight of suffering Malawians

  9. Patriot says:

    Taonani uchitsiru ukuchitikawu.
    Maiko ena samakhala bize ndi zithunzi koma kuthandiza.

  10. Kenkkk says:

    As long as you channel aid to organizations that have nothing to do with aid channelling, you invite aid-gate. Chakwera warned us about this!!!

    Beam again, please we are tired of this organization!!! Some milk has already gone missing!!!

    I just can’t what I am hearing!!!

  11. Mirella K says:

    This poor Aslam cld av donated his milk through say, WFP, DoDMA and note this structureless spoon org miscalled Beautify Malawi…Just a question, when has this bcom a disaster relief org???

  12. Please says:

    Mr Aslam, thanks for the donation BUT why did u have to donate via BEAM? I smell a rat. You guys its high time u cleaned ur acts. U always want to rub shoulders with people from higher places because 101% of ur businesses survive thru corruption.
    You know the areas affected and there is no need for a middleman. Look now some of the donations are missing. Atambwali sametana. Stop complicating things please.
    Why wasting more money zugzaging the donation yet u know the straight line to the victims.
    U want to pile more contracts ciz of the floods. This is not a joke. Pple have lost lives. Grow up and stop this corrupt business. Enough is enough.

  13. musisipala says:

    Thanks for the donation Mr Disi and. Aslam. I hope this was done in good faith. I feel aslam has a hiden motive when donating.

  14. vin mongu says:

    kupusa amuchita bwino. osakaperaka ku WFP bwanji. amafuna ma favours.

  15. Muhammad says:

    Mr razzaq you have done a good job. We are very proud of you. And looking at the situation it seems you didn’t want your name to come out. You wanted to stay hidden. If aslam would do this for recognition wouldn’t he have a picture with the first lady?? And there wouldn’t be this controversy too but because he chose to be hidden and some corrupt people had taken advantage of it and tried to take the credit. If Aslam wouldn’t speak up these people’s evil plans would not have been disclosed and we wouldn’t know that alot more condensed milk has been donated which is missing so I think before pointing fingers at Aslam we should understand the whole situation

    1. Muhammad says:

      Wouldn’t he have a picture with madam mutharika*

  16. Matt 5:16 Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good works.Also read 1 Peter 2:12

  17. And Matt. 5:16 Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good works.Aslo 1 Peter 2:12

  18. kanyimbi says:

    There is some point in the claims of this Mmwenye. He donated items and somebody stole some of the items and delivered less to Beam. This is showing that some Malawians do not feel sorry for people in trouble.

  19. phodogoma says:

    Guys out there generally speaking it is painful to donate items and somebody else get recognition. That is very bad. Very bad indeed. Even at the funeral are you not the same malawians who make sure your names appear in the notebook for those who have contributed on the funeral. Even if you have contributed a simple coin. What more with 50 thousand packets of milk. We are saying milk not water at all. So Aslam did something good for raising his head up for recognition.

  20. Youth League Chairman: Kawale 1 market says:

    Mathew Chapter 6
    Jesus Teaches About Giving
    6 “Be careful! When you do good things, don’t do them in front of people to be seen by them. If you do that, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.2 “When you give to the poor, don’t be like the hypocrites. They blow trumpets in the synagogues and on the streets so that people will see them and honor them. I tell you the truth, those hypocrites already have their full reward. 3 So when you give to the poor, don’t let anyone know what you are doing. 4 Your giving should be done in secret. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you.

    1. And Matt.5:16 Let your light so shine before men,that they may see your good works.1Peter 2:12 Live such good lives among pagans that ,though they accuse you of doing wrong,they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.So which one is which? And you believe in the bible?Holy Shit!

  21. Ernest says:

    Many thanks for the job well done!
    But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. Matthews 6:3-4

  22. fkr says:

    Sounds like you want favour from the first lady. Corruption will continue i guess. Shame on you guys

  23. Jigidijigidi Jaba says:

    Aslam, why donating the milk through Beautify Malawi when there are various charitable organizations that could have helped? By crying for recognition and credit you are just revealing that you were seeking some favours from the presidency; business contracts perhaps. You have not behaved as. a Muslim my brother. Why do you want that all and sundry should know that you have donated to the poor. Verily “innamaa li a’maal binniyaat- every deed shall be rewarded based in the intention behind it”. If the motivation was business contracts you will get them for sure, but if you intended to please God, He will reward you accordingly.

    1. Chief says:

      I’m not a Muslim bro, but I agree with u.The Holly Bible says’ God blesses the hand that giveth, but the left hand should not know about the right.

    2. Muhammad says:

      I don’t think Aslam knew about all this news he only raised his voice when he found out that dd general is taking the credit. So i don’t think we can blame him he had to raise his voice because of what dd general had done and the good part is that we now found out that 1.6 tonne had been donated so we know that some has been missing and there’s some controversy going on.

  24. It is the president who called for support of flood victims but donations went to beam,Why? Ndizimenezotu.

  25. Nyasoko says:

    Seriously? We should be concerned which of these amwenyes has given the donation? You were helping with some ulterior motive, the need for recognition, and not genuine concern. You are an example of people who are taking advantage of the floods to raise their pedestal.

  26. chitima says:

    hahahahahahahaha koma pa Malawi pano eeeh ! Condensed milk wa ana aah si mikaka atsitsa mitengo mu Sana iyi… Komanso achibale kukanama kuti ndi yawo … iiih inu ndinu abale awo kale musavutike kuhonga akupatsani business … phuma bwanji …

  27. Where was the alledged donor when the gesture was being unveiled?however, what your right arm does let not the left notices,Aslam you have helped and GOD has noticed.

  28. Kauswe says:

    koma nkhani zake kuba sikudzatha pa Malawi

  29. Israel Difense Force says:

    So who cares

  30. ujeni says:

    Malawi is a confused country, no wonder it is the only country among its neighbour in reverse gear. What was the objective of beam when it was formed? Someone remind them.

  31. Mnyasaland says:

    Sorry that your donation has some attached motives coz you have channelled them through the First Lady’s organisation to buy favours from the President and the lady. By the way does it matter if you are not recognised to have been the one who donated the items to Flood victims? It is said that if you give with your right hand let the left not know that the right is giving something. Any way is this milk good or he has thought of disposing it off.

  32. ....Pako says:

    Mchifukwa chake zikusokonekera inu mukumakapereka thandizolo ku malo olakwika kaya. Achimwenye bwanji kodi?

  33. Kipingo says:

    fighting for just “its me not you who donated bra bra bra”.

  34. yuona says:

    Why didn’t you just take the donations to the affected people through the proper Disaster Management protocols? Mukamathandiza chonde musamakwere pachulu!

  35. Nabanda says:

    Mxiii, so what’s here to report? now I have proven it that some of these donations are purely political, you just want to get favours from the ruling government and to be prioritized for contracts. mxii.

  36. che Zumba says:

    You never acknowledged Hafsa because DD wanted to get all the credit. Next time Madam, watch out on these donations. Your NGO is getting too much negative publicity. Somethings wrong. Concentrate on the core functions of your mandate: beautifying Malawi. Othewrise, like the Callista Foundation and Shanil Mulizi one, crooked donnors will come to you with ulterior motives like these. Be warned.

  37. Ngongoliwa says:


  38. dadaboma says:

    “Disi has stolen the credit from Hafsa”. It was Hafsa who donated the milk to BEAM, and not Dissi, for onward distribution to the hungry. Well and good – now we know who made the donations. We were surprised because we knew that Disi, working as a security guard at State House and his sister Disi Mitawa working as a nurse also at State House, could not afford the donation. But why did Hafsa donate to BEAM instead of govt agencies dealing with relief activities? It is not Disi that stole Hafsa’s credit-it is BEAM. BEAM is known for stealing. Check with NAC. Why did Hafsa trust BEAM? If you make donations to BEAM and any other DPP institution, you’re doing so at your own risk. Pls make donations to govt agencies or non-govt or international agencies for onward distribution to the affected ppl.

  39. chilombo says:

    Ngati nokhanokha muku claimer ma donations,kuntundaku sizikusoloredwa zimenezi?

  40. Masoambeta says:

    Fools like to play politics with food.
    Malawi is a backward country and will never work forward. Our stupidity is institutionalised.
    Why are you taking food to the president’s house while people are suffering?? Would it not be smarter to donate the food to the needy, straightaway? I see no meaning of delivering the milk at state house. This is how we advance corruption. It is obvious that this donation was made to get political favours. An imperfect gift.
    Please take it straight to the flood victims.
    There are agencies you could have given the milk to, as Middle men. Not the president’s wife.

  41. NKHAMANGA says:

    Kodi inu kupangila ndale mpaka mkaka wa m’mwenye. Anthu azasiya kukuthandizani chonchi.

  42. Jelbin mk says:

    Why don’t these Asians donate or distribute the items themselves to the affected people? They are up to no good they want to win the all tenders for statehouse because it doesn’t make any sense to donate the items to an organization that has nothing to do with relief and as far as I understand and follow these issues of floods there is a specific relief agency where any person of good will can donate to so for these asians who have been taking tenders from government through dubious ways to donate to BEAM is just a verification of what we already suspect that they are bribing government in order to defraudit of its credibility. And these people are really here just to worsen corruption.

  43. manyasa says:

    why cant you donate straight to flood victims, all you want are favours from govt to win contracts? you Corrupt Asians?

  44. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Mukazi wa Pita. Her Beautify Malawi always embroiled in not so good things. Disi kubera mwenye kuti akalandire EYA kwa akazi a presidenti. Kodi zikukhala bwanji kumeneku? R things going on well at State House? Citizens must help their fellow citizens when u r donating things given by others. Nde chifukwa chake ali bize kuthamangathamanga ku ma floods. Pochoka kumeneko ali phwamwamwa. Eni ake obvutika ena akunena kuti sanalandirebe chithandizo.

  45. [email protected] says:

    mwayambapo ma personal security officers mufuna muwononge mbiri yabwana nanunso, walongosi anyaunthali mulije nasoni vinthu vawene mbwenu imwe mukapusika mama wachalo mukuti vinu, bwana cheif of staff akuwonongelani ntchito to another gvt deptment very embarrasing,

  46. Peter says:

    So you guts donate to get credit? Shame

  47. Chibanja tv says:

    Where is the story now? pali nkhani apa? nokha mukuti press Officer ananena kuti DD General Dealers in collaboration ndi Hafsa Investments anapereka mkaka ndiye ife titi chani olo ndalezo zimatero? be serious when writting some of these propaganda stories otherwise you are just discrediting yourself.

  48. itsJusAName says:

    Cho ! Our people are freezing n starving in our villages and they decide to donate condensed milk ?? I see no logic in this because condensed milk can not provide warmth for the cold children neither can it satisfy their hunger..

  49. Malawiana says:

    You are both stupid and typical of Malawian amwenye trying to solicit political favours. Why did yo not make the donation directly yourselves or at least channel the same through a credible organisation dealing directly with the disaster? Beautify Malawi is about cleaning the places and they will only be relevant after the flood waters have long gone to clean up the places.

  50. phiri says:

    Mr Azlam Razaq and Diss “Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory from men . As suredly, I say to you they have there reward on earth. BUT WHEN YOU DO A CHARITABLE DEED DO NOT LET YOU LEFT HAND KNOW WHAT YOUR HAND IS DOING . THAT YOUR CHARITABLE DEED MAYBE IN SECRET AND YOU FATHER WHO SEES IN SECRET WILL HIMSELF REWARD YOU. Mathew 6. 1-4

  51. Atate Rashid says:

    pokonyole, gulo mamina

  52. A COMMONER says:

    Yho yho yho, chinekeoooo! In tyms like this as the situation is in our country, is it about credit 2 ones name or company? Is it 4 publicity? Is it a competition among givers/donors.? What is the spirit behind all this? Hey u donors out there just do the rite thing and dont add salt 2 the injury. Never take advantage 2 enrich urselves over our desperate situation.

  53. Chipoya LJ. says:

    Looking at the article’s Headline only, one can easily misled and can easily see and notice some sort of personal grudges against the head of Beautify Malawi. It is not a news worthy article according to my personal assessment. All am seeing here is someone’s battle aimed at denting the image of Beautify Malawi and its leadership.

    How I wish the author to write the Headline in other way round. What the author of the story must know is that this is high time we learn to unite for the betterment of all Malawians especially in tubulous time like this where unity is needed to alleviate the situation of our brethren affected by the floods.

    How I wish we leave politics aside and we map the way forward together.

    All in all, GOD Bless Malawi!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. MMALAWI says:

      What is wrong with the headline there? I’m sure the headline is perfect and so is the content in the story. My only problem is with the donation to flood victims being made through BEAM, which in my opinion, does not have a humanitarian mandate in addition to its checkered past of abuse NAC funds. Doesn’t the donor know government departments and NGO’s involved in relief items distribution?

    2. BEAM is completely out of track.BEAM must not handle disaster issues directly.If they it wants to assist ,it should donate via relevant bodies.BEAM s job is to clean the camps!Greed!Greed!Mayi Getrude Mutharika chonde chepetsani dyera.Lekani kunyekhulira nkhani ili yonse.Mudzatsamwidwa!

  54. Moses says:

    Good efforts atleast our corrupt leaders can now start giving you contracts with huge amounts as a thank you token at the expense of the already poor local malawians.

  55. Mpalana says:

    Donating to BEAM stuff to be distributed to disaster hit areas? Koma BEAM imeneyi itivuta eti? Mmesa Awa ndi osesa mmisewu Nanga zikugwiriza bwanji ndi disaster? I think we have a dept. Responsible for disaster then why not making donations thru the dpt? Koma amwenye sadzatheka.

  56. mbwaxe says:

    Za chamba basi!!!!

  57. sizinantole says:


  58. Hakimu Banda says:

    Police hunt for this lady for a shaming the First Lady.this is criminality.Fooling the First Lady is an offense everywhere even in US

  59. Nkhombokombo says:

    Ziberanani choncho. Out of all NGOs why in particular BEAM? Getting nearer to the heat? Don’t give for the seck of praises and recognition! Give with the heartfelt feeling.

  60. Hakimu Banda says:

    The lady should be quickly arrested for fooling the First Lady. The office of the First Lady is a very high and respectable office.So for one to work up and start posing pictures with the First Lady on items donated by other people is uncalled for.It is criminality.

  61. Namalila says:

    Thank you very much for your helping hand.
    May the Lord bless you abundantly.

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