Kaliati justifies bloated delegation to New York: Kabwila ‘dropped’

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, has justified the bloated Malawi delegation to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in United Nations General Assembly in New York specifically on gender equality and women empowerment.

Kaliati: There are more benefits to gain from the trip

Kaliati: There are more benefits to gain from the trip

Kaliati was joined at the news conference by the Chairperson of NGO Gender Coordinating Network Mrs Emma Kaliya on Saturday  to react to Nyasa Times story  which revealed names of 48 people going for  the 60th meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW) to take place at the UN’s headquarters from 14 to 24 March.

However, Kaliati said there was no problem sending the  number of delegates to New York because the money for the trip is not from Malawi Government coffers.

“These are sponsored trips why reporting on this instead of reporting on the need stop producing babies,” said Kaliati.

“When people come looking for visas to go to America, we can’t stop them. Some of them they just get the visas thinking they will get the funding,” she said.

“Some participants begin the visa process in the hope that they will get sponsorship for per diem, if that fails then they do not travel; otherwise, how will they survive out there? This time around we have people from agriculture, justice and nutrition just to mention a few,” she said

Kaliati blamed Nyasa Times for focusing on the number of delegation and the names aking the trip.

“Every year, representatives of Member States gather at United Nations Headquarters in New York to evaluate the progress on gender equality, identify challenges, set global standards and formulate concrete policies to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment worldwide.  CSW attracts Ministers; high-level officials; and members of the civil society organisation to its annual sessions so this is quite an important conference for Malawi as a Country,” said Kaliati.

Kaliati said the commission’s  mandate  is to promote gender equality, development and peace as well as monitoring  the implementation for the advancement of women so you the media do you want “Malawi as a country to miss such platform,”

The Minister said her ministry works in collaboration with the UN family, development partners, and other stakeholders to ensure that Malawi is represented at the CSW meetings, the UN General Assembly and other UN and International Conferences.

“It is at these conferences that my ministry mobilises resources for its outreach programmes. At the CSW Malawi presents its successes, challenges and advocates for resource mobilisation,” said Kaliati.

Kaliati said in 2014-2015 UN Conferences, Malawi mobilised 300 million US Dollars for Global Fund for HIV and AIDS.

“10 million Euro to support the Social Cash Transfer programme; 10-million US Dollars for girls’ education project, 2 million US Dollars for elderly and disability support,” said Kaliati.

Kaliya said he has never signed any money from government  for her trips to the foreign duties.

Kabwila out 

Meanwhile,  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoam Jessie Kabwila has said she has been left out of the UN Commission on the Status of Women meeting to because of her recent arrest and charges levelled against her.

“I was supposed to be part of the panel of Women’s Hour at the BBC, but the treason charges have delayed my application process and further complicated my visa application,” she said

But  Kaliati has dismissed allegations, saying the women caucus has a roaster, which it follows and it was simply not Kabwila’s turn this time around.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with those charges. What I know is that, there’s a roaster which is being followed as there are some women who have never travelled,” said Kaliati.

The delegation which will be led by Minister of Gender and children Patricia Kaliati,will include;  Principal Secretary in her Ministry, Dr  Mary Shawa, Esmie Kasinga, Chief Director of Social Support Services and Peter Nsefula director of Gender Affairs.

Others in the delegation include: Peter Elesan, Annie Makuta, Alice Mkandawire, Fred Simwaka , Lucy Bondazi, Dina Gumulira, Mtisunge Khembo, Thoko Banda, Chimwemwe Banda, Chimwemwe Chipungu, Felix Pensulo and Pacharo Kayira.

Also in the delegation are; Robert Msuku, Mary Maulidi Khembo, Annie Mapulanga, Frieda Kayuni, Anderson Chikomola, Charles Thombozi, Shupikile Manyera, Fanny Mateyu, Kelvin Tchali.

Bob Maonga, Loveness Dazimata, Mary Chinthuli, Cecilia Chazama MP and Agness Chimbiri.

Other include: Andrew Nkhoma, Makonokaya, Senior Chief Kachindamoto, Georgina Joji a student from Luanar, Hellen Chimkwita and Gugile Banda.

The delegation has members of civil society organisation who are: Abgail Dzimazi, Emma Kaliya, Hendrina Givah, Chrispine Sibande, Wesley Chabwera, Nelly Ngwaluko, Bernadetta Chiwaya, Jean Jessie Chamveka, Loma Mtema, Victor Maulidi, Mercy Mankhambera and Chimwemwe Nkosi.

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28 thoughts on “Kaliati justifies bloated delegation to New York: Kabwila ‘dropped’”

  1. Apao says:

    Ndiwophika womwetso adzikaphikako chani? Koma ya

  2. BOKHO says:

    Agalu inu tikuonela ngati mudzakhala pa unduna moyo wanu wonse ndipo musamale kwambiri ankhanu inu chifukwa pompano PP italowa Mboma munatherathu ngati makatani kuchita kumvetsa chisoni. Pano mwayambanso mmene munaphetsera Bingu mwayambaso. Iyi ndi Malawi mudziwe mukathera ku ndende.

  3. Peter Ngwira says:

    There is too much terrorism these days. You need to be careful otherwise muzasimba tsoka mayendedwe anuwo. Muzichepesa anthu oyendawo.

  4. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Not only is it prudent to exclude Ms. Kabwila-Kapasula from the group, it is also wise.
    Ms. K-K likes to stand out, and is not a team player. She can still go, on her own and using her own expenses or MCP’s, as an observer. Nobody is stopping her. Kuzolowela kupempha eti? ( Used to being sponsored – a common problem with us Malawians. Get over it. Go cool you heels in the Lake.)

  5. mgonapamuhanya says:

    So you mean to tell me that all these people will negotiate for a funding, you chicken head?

  6. Tambala says:

    Ambuye Ngati Mkotheka Mulowererepo Apa

  7. kayondo says:

    go to hail all of u!!

  8. Lets take our country back says:

    Go, take as many as you can because this is your LAST TRIP!!!!

  9. Chomene says:

    The problem with most of us is we do not understand very minute uissues and we choose not to learn how these UN meetings are done. We need to understand that a country is bound to benefit more if we send more competent people for such meetings. As the Hon Minister has rightly enlightened us, Malawi was about to lose a lot of Billion of Kwachas in the name of Global Fund, thanks to such delegates, you and me including Alfred Chauwa, the Nyasatimes journalist are today benefiting from the ARVs that these Delegates managed to get for us. We can’t even talk of the millions for Social Support. All we know is say ills of Government. Whilst we all want resources to come to Malawi from development partners we are not prepared to send people to negotiate with these funders. It is clear that Malawi is not only deficient of Maize it is also deficient of reasoning. Some of us will be amazed if we find out the roles of each delegate to this meeting. Go Kaliyati, Go Shawa Go Kaliya….. Bring our moneys these people are miss-informed and don’t want to see empowered women.

  10. Fabiano says:

    Seriously speaking, what will a Luanar student be doing there? I know Dina Gumulira, what will she be doing there. Kungonyamula chikwama cha kaliati basi. You mean some of the functions can not be combined and done by few people instead of everybody going?

    Bola mukanamutenga Kabwira, at least she can speak and people can listen. A Chazama akalankhulako zanzeru kumeneko?

  11. Markmarkc says:

    Ife tizingokhalira kuimba yomweyi”Mulungu dalisani Malawi mumusungeso mu mtender”Tyme mkumatha basi!

  12. International Observer says:

    When a trip is sponsored, the sponsor provides airtickets and allowances based on the number going, which of course is made available by the assisted party. A sponsored trip is a sponsored trip, period.
    Following the arguments levelled against the government, it shows not everyone is conversant with how things are handled in these offices. Actually because of poverty eating Malawians, everybody wished they made the trip this time around just to make mbongo, but it is not possible to take the whole nation on this sponsored trip hence the only names we see here. Zonse zabwino sidzingakhale zathu. Unfortunately even those who’ve been to universities are unable to understand the processes followed when it comes to things like these but instead choose to confuse illiterate and unsuspecting Malawians.

  13. MIKE KADZUWA says:

    kodi nanga o chief Kwataine olukataniko ku america

  14. chims says:

    Zitsilu azidzisiyako.Amachuluka zelu ameneyu mmalomokagwira ntchito wapitira.

    1. markmarkc says:

      Iwe Chims#16 ndiwe chisiru wamva komaso chitsiru ndi amai ako wamva?galu!imbwa!inja!4tsek!

  15. Nkhani says:

    I guess this government is not serious, planet APM should resign..

  16. Vikunowa says:

    Palibe nkhani APA! A Nyasa

  17. Chigawaneni says:

    Ambuye, onani kusauka kwa ana anu. A Israel mudawamasula m’manja mwa Falawo. Tapota nanu Mulungu wathu, tiwomboleni m’mavuto awa.

  18. chakachake ndi chino wina asamuka says:

    Others left out because of politicts malawi will never go any further we will remain poor of the poorest in the world kaduka nsanje is our priority.

  19. drakes says:

    All these people going for what? even if its a funded meeting I feel the delegation is just too much. Many of the ladies on that group are not active enough to go there to bring change in the country they just want to get allowances for their wellbeing. Most of the people going there are either girlfriends of Ministers and PSs they are not going there to contribute anything to the wellbeing of the association or ministry. True enough the delegation must be reduced taking into account on what Malawians are going through right now

  20. wanzeru says:

    Mtambo just migrate to Europe because ife we have decided not to develop. We are happy and satisfied with our poverty ndipo govt should send 300 to New York. Amene akufuna kulemera go to USA. APM id our best president ndipo Kaliati is the best minister and thimbs up to Mary Shawa mayi tiyeni tidye ndalama ife tilibe pulobulemu. Kagwereni uko.

  21. olira says:

    muyende bwino. cry beloved Malawi. mavuto sadzachoka pa iwe, ena ndi amenewa. kuchulutsa anthu choncho?????

  22. Jahan says:

    So, following Kaliati’s argument, since the money is not from the gvt’s coffers, they have the right to waste it whichever way they like? No questions asked? In other words, if it’s from donors or grants from anywhere, and not from our tax payers, the gvt can misuse that money.
    #klapping hands for her
    #Typical DPP
    #How heartless are they.
    #or is it just stupidity?

  23. MKWAPU says:

    Bull shit

  24. Milward Malidadi says:

    Oops! You decide to write long and you write rubbish. “Freedom of naivety”.

  25. Jenala says:

    i have no problem if the some people are sponsored by donors. I don’t see the voice of Kaliya in the story. What did she say about the trip. Here the reporter failed to balance the story and therefore failed his duty.

  26. Virgo says:

    What do we mean when we say the financial support is not coming from government. do we know that even the health surveillance assistant is boma? do we know that the pastor of abraham church in nthalire is boma? boma or government is the agreed arrangement to organise society – and this includes the structures of governance, the behavior of its people and the resources. even if funding was coming from usaid, that ndalama za boma. – because technically we can request those resources to be reallocated. in fact usaid or any international organization provides those resources because the people are malawians, ie, ndi anthu aboma la malawi. tatiyeni tichangamuke amalawi.

  27. Michael Mtambo says:

    Can we as Malawians honestly expect the wider world to take us seriously with this kind of patent bullshit? We expect the IMF to give us an extended loan facility and the donor nations to help us out of our self created hell hole and then we come up with absolute rubbish like this idiot of a person. We waste money – does not matter where it comes from – and expect sensible people around the world to put up with our shit? Our gun carrying members of the legislative is so corrupt that no one knows where to start or to end with forensic audits, the previous or the current / previous government. Our executive branch is not only corrupt but for all intents and purposes no longer functional unless spurred on by bribes. And then the judiciary, beyond hope and in a state of utter uselessness costing us money and not delivering, not coming to work and the list goes on and on.
    How long will we as a nation survive this total state of anarchy in our midst’s and think that someone out there will come and help us as we are simply not able to help ourselves anymore. We now honestly need some form of divine intervention as going the way we are doing at present is not only beyond stupid but putting the continued existence of our country and its people at risk. God, please help us to get rid of all these people stealing the money of the people of Malawi whether they be politicians, civil servants of judges

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