K8mil fraud scam hits Sembereka’s  Manerela+: Aids money looted, Norwegian Church Aid demands refund

Malawi Network of Religious Leaders living with or Personally Affected by HIV and Aids (Manerela+)  has been hit by uncharacteristic fraud case involving over K8 million.

Rev Sembeleka: There are investigations

Rev Sembeleka: There are investigations

Nyasa Times established that the donors have been suspecting “financial irregularities” on the funds they have been pumping into the organisation in order for them to implement programs which are aimed to scale down transmission of HIV and Aids.

Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), a major donor  for the NGO commissioned a forensic audit to ascertain some expenditure that has been taking place at the institution and  auditors KPMG conducted the audit which revealed that indeed K8 million went unaccounted.

The auditors revealed certain irregularities that included some unauthorised and unaccounted-for transactions and NCA is demanding a full refund of its money if Manerela+ is ever to be considered for the NCA direct funding again. .

“It’s NCA’s policy that when such a malpractice is discovered the organization must refund the money and ensure that right processes including prosecution of the individuals involved in such malpractices has taken place,” Nyasa Times source at NCA said.

The source further reported that the main culprits in this were the officer responsible for the Project, finance directors, Programme Managers and officers.

The audit report fingers out things like the procurement of fuel, airtime and allowances for workshop participants which were not ably accounted for or in some cases dates on the receipts could not match with the dates the activities were carried out.

For example the receipts or signatures could indicate 5 June while the actual event took place in May.

Meanwhile in an attempt to exonerate itself from the tough situation facing the organization, two board members; Rev. Anderson Mataka and Vincent Mpaluko (currently answering charges of theft by a public servant alongside Mr. Friday Jumbe and Phillip Bwanali) have since taken it upon themselves to jump a clear service procurement system laid out in the policies of the organization to procure the services of Nankhuni and Co law firm.

Nyasa Times understands that MANERELA+ has a legal representation contract with Chagwanjira &Co but Mpaluko has influenced the engagement of lawyer Nankhuni as they also represent him in his ongoing charges against the state.

When contacted MANERELA+ Executive Director who is also an official spokesperson of the organisation, Reverend  Macdonald Sembereka confirmed the fraud issue.

“Currently the matters are under investigation,” said Sembereka.

“We did ask NCA to restart the audit as some things were not as clear on the matter,” he added.

Board of MANERELA led by Rev. Mataka of Assemblies of God has since fired Sembereka.

Sembereka sought a court  injunction last week Monday. In a dramatic turn of events, on Wednesday, Lilongwe High Court threw out the injunction and the presiding judge referred the matter to industrial court.

MANERELA+ is among the current applicants of the Global Fund currently managed by Action Aid.

In its recent call for applications among the conditions stated in the call was that organisations must not be embroiled in any legal battles.

This could jeopardise the chances of MANERELA+ getting funded under the grant.

NCA country representative Stein Villumstad  is on record saying said since his organisation started its work in Malawi in 2002, it has encountered “some few cases of mismanagement of funds” among some of its local development partners.

But he stressed that NCA always takes strict corrective steps to prevent these financial and administrative irregularities by promoting transparency, monitoring and evaluation, high professional standards and capacity building at both corporate and individual levels.

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21 thoughts on “K8mil fraud scam hits Sembereka’s  Manerela+: Aids money looted, Norwegian Church Aid demands refund”

  1. Wachaghaya says:

    Mabungwenu kulemelesa amaudindo osati anthu okhudzidwa. Zoona kuyambisa bungwe ndicholinga chakubera ndarama azungu! Osakhulupirira atumiki amasiku ano. Amalowa kuti alemere basi

  2. mayomayo says:

    koma kodi cash gate mukumunena nayo Semberekayi mesa munayamba ndinu asatana a DPP. iye anayamba watulukamo mulimonse? Za zii basis asatana a dpp

  3. lupine says:

    Not buying it that Sembereka is saving the day. He handpicks his board just like most of these rogue NGOS do. Don’t be naive people read this story http://malawivoice.com/hell-breaks-loose-sembereka-caught-in-a-quandary-loses-two-jobs/ and connect the dots. The board is made up of various members why just pick on these two. Something is amiss and this is a strategy to hoodwink the public. Who comes up with these halfbaked strategies when cornered? It won’t work just result in embarrassing yourself and asking for a deep forensic audit from the Norwegians kupanda nzeru kwa anthu ena alodzedwatu!!!

  4. Ha zina ukaona! says:

    Sembereka nkayesa ukadayamba wachotsa chitsotso mmaso mwako usadatokote za BEAM. Just as what JB, Ndilowe ndi mai aja amabera anthu za soya aja adakuphunzitsa eti?

  5. mphawi says:

    Sembeleka and his Manerela were in the forefront castigating the first lady and government on misuse of funds meant for HIV/AIDS activities and yet he himself and his organization were busy doing exactly the same thing! What a hypocrite. Tisazakunvenso ukutukwana anzako pa nkhani yakuba pomwe iwe uli wokuba yemwenso. Munthu woipa mtima iwe. Mwaba ndi Joyce Banda through cashgate ndiye munati ayi koma ndikapitilize through Manelera.

  6. BigMan says:

    What do you expect from this PP cashgate operative? He learned these tricks from JB.

  7. manganese says:

    for once I want to be a devils advocate and say that in as far as I know this organisation where it’s come from and is Rev. Sembereka started it from a scratch to the current status building donor confidence and you want to bring him down mercilessly. Akulangani Mulungu munya muona nonsenu

  8. mwantanimwana says:

    komatu China China Mataka ndi Mpaluko ndi atambwali okhaokha moti mwati anapatsidwa maudlin do anji in this organisation. I hear in the midst of all this chaos they have been running going to meet board members in the north and the south without signing for anything. Accountability has completely been watered down in this once vibrant organisation. mukungodana naye Semberekayo basi agalu inu

  9. lupita says:

    Sembereka handpicks his board.

  10. Hjjjjj says:

    Preachers + HIV Money = A Financial Scandal in waiting.

    Crook ukalisungitse thumba la chuma???

  11. 70 says:

    Someone talks of feudalism? forget it. The south is so much afraid of it….they cant allow it at all cost. They know the reason in their hearts…

  12. kaliani says:

    koma ku Malawi kuno zitha bwanji anti amipingo mukubanso. zobvutatu. Ndiye you say this issue is from when. I thought there is also another case in court about the same organisation where the family of the late Domoya is claiming money from the same organisation. Isn’t this the downfall of this noble otlrganisation. which donor will trust them to invest their money into such an organisation with a group of thugs

  13. mapuya says:

    This must be investigated and all culprits be brought to book including those board members involved. Kodi this Mataka isn’t he the one Chakwera fired from AGREDS for fraud so he has teamed up with his other fraud colleague in Mpaluko who is so bankrupt and you want to tarnish the image of Sembereka. Pick the log in your own eyes first you idiots.

  14. madala says:

    timadabwa zikwati akungokwatira achina Alli Mwachande zijatu akungoti kukwatira lero mawa Chatham mimba akungopeleka mu Llong we mom’s emu komanso masitolo asimenti. Akutinso uja osatha chichewa wake Uganda uja nayo wakwatitsanso posachedwapa nthawi zonsezi samakwatitsa bwanji mpaka kudikira kugwira ntchito ku MANERELA a Sembereka kupepela amakuberani in mulikuti

  15. Phwisa says:

    Kodi Assemblies of God some reverends are gay like Revolution Sembereka. INdimadabwa nazo zochita za Rev Mataka, mathanyula abusa. Ma ulemu anu kufuna za ma donors zomwezo.

  16. Naphiri says:

    organisations please character check on directors before appointment. some listed here have a record of stealing and some companies where they have been on the board or held and executive position atha itha onse fufuzani. zina timaziyamba dala by ignoring important aspects in the appointment process

  17. jonasiZ says:

    Iyi ndi organization ya anthu a mulungu, wodziwa kusanthula bible ndi Koran….. lalembedwa apali ndi modza kuwatola wanthu kuti tipepele ndikupanda chilungamu kwa m’busa uyu. Mulungu ngwa mkulu likwana lachisate….. Mulunga sadalitsa nyansi

  18. Nambewe says:

    A country full of thieves!

  19. Nyoni says:

    Zamanyazi azibusa mukamaba

  20. NZOZO KUNUNKHA says:

    Were not those supporting the gay issues? Take your cake bambo all this is yours………..musovetu imeneyi. what a Rev you are? quite annoying.

  21. WAMDALA says:

    NKONA WANTHU
    AKUFUNA FEUDALISM
    AKANGANYA INU KUBA.
    TOO MUCH !!

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