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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Apao
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Apao
6 months 21 days ago

Ndiwophika womwetso adzikaphikako chani? Koma ya

BOKHO
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BOKHO
6 months 21 days ago

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.

Peter Ngwira
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Peter Ngwira
6 months 22 days ago

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

Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
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Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
6 months 22 days ago

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.)

mgonapamuhanya
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mgonapamuhanya
6 months 22 days ago

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

Tambala
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Tambala
6 months 22 days ago

Ambuye Ngati Mkotheka Mulowererepo Apa

kayondo
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kayondo
6 months 22 days ago

go to hail all of u!!

Lets take our country back
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Lets take our country back
6 months 22 days ago

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

Chomene
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Chomene
6 months 22 days ago
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… Read more »
Fabiano
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Fabiano
6 months 22 days ago

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?

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