Malawi aid debate in UK House of Lords

The House of Lords in Britain will debate a Motion on aid to Malawi on Thursday, Nyasa Times learnt in London.

Baroness Northover was appointed to the role of Lead Spokesperson for Department for International Development in the House of Lords

Baroness Northover: Lead Spokesperson for Department for International Development in the House of Lords

Peers will debate the motion to be led by Lord Jack McConnell and Baroness Lindsay Patricia NorthoveR.

McConnell, Scotland’s former first minister,  was named a future British High Commissioner to Malawi but never got the chance to take up the appointment, following Labour’s UK election defeat.

But he said Scotland’s partnership with Malawi – one of the world’s poorest – would be at the heart of his work.

The aid debate is titled: “Economic and social development in Malawi.”

All direct British financial  aid  to Malawi was frozen in 2012  where 40% of the national budget comes from donors, after the so-called “cashgate” scandal.

The UK’s Department for International Development (DfID) went a step further than other donors in suspending sector budget support, which involves money going to a sector-specific government bank account, for example, health or education, but with oversight from donors.

Aid experts warn that continued donor absence could have huge adverse effects on health and education.

So far, the graft-busting body has secured two convictions in the ongoing cashgate  trials.

On Friday, a former accounts assistant in government Victor Sithole, 27, was found guilty of possessing stolen cash.

Early this month, a former tourism official Tresa Namthanga Senzani was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison in connection with the cashgate scandal.

A  former budget director Paul Mphwiyo , his wife and newly appointed Director of Public Officers’ Declarations Christopher Tukula were arrested at weekend in relation to cashgate.

Government has said there will be more arrests.

Meanwhile, Malawi Watch Executive Director Billy Banda told a local newspaper that he is  not satisfied with the speed of some cashgate cases.

He said although there is some independence in the way Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Judiciary have been handling the cases, the progress is not fairly satisfactory considering the economic damage behind the cases.

“There appears to be some political will if we look at the way government has allowed the ACB and the judiciary to handle the cases independently and the economic empowerment of the ACB. However, we needed to do more considering the impact of Cashgate to our economy.

“Donors withdrew their money resulting into zero-aid budget. We have been strangled economically because of the cashgate scandal and it would be necessary for these cases to be completed as early as possible so that we can concentrate on rebuilding our economy,” Banda said.

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21 thoughts on “Malawi aid debate in UK House of Lords”

  1. wiston uko says:

    osamalimbana nd ambonya, catch de chambo

  2. Mwana wa kiki says:

    Mwe Akaya Kafwile. Awandu wapimba indalama mumalokota ngati mtyangala ya ngambo. Kuswigha kangi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ndinulusubilo mulembwike mwesa

  3. thoko says:

    Catch the big fish please

  4. mai nsato says:

    Donors must wait until all people that had stolen are nabbed and all monies or property confiscated.
    I kept on wondering kuti kodi ine ndinabadwa ndi tsoka? kukhalira katapila yekha-yekha mwedzi ndi mwedzi, pomwe ena a kukwera galimoto za lata-lata.

  5. Victor Phiri says:

    Stop the Consolidated Fund and separate donor aid from Tax money. Allow donors to oversee usage of aid money. What we need is transparency.

  6. GEORGE PHIRI says:

    what this people are doing are evil so government must change his finacial system to avoid cashgate

  7. Taweni says:

    Now that Malawi has engaged a new diplomat at their embassy in UK i am not surprised that he has started the ball rolling to extract donor aid especially from her Majesty’s government.

    The crafty medical doctor’s brief must include none other than the opening of the money floodgates. But the looting by DPP was worse at usd1.0billion which affected country’s fuel and forex. The commodity having been exported to foreign bank accounts. At least the PP regime was more careful as they did not externalise the forex like the DPP. There hasn’t been a shortage of forex and fuel as of now.


  8. mgebe.mgebe says:

    good news, for the whole. country. stop talking bad things for. your country, many people. are r suffering. bcouz of. aid freeze. Thanks very. much. if aid. is coming again. pliz malawians don’t. talk shit for. your country, love your country. if that money. comes in its good for. all of us. not govtmrnt only.

  9. Zomba Banda says:

    Enanu mukupanga comment kuti azungu asatipase ndalama kuti tikufufuzeni abale anu ndi amphawi othelatu okui olo panado sangakwanise kugula. ndie a chabale anu akamafa kamba kosowa mankhwala muzipatala muziti Boma likulephela ntchito yake. Fotseki

  10. Vyachalo says:

    wait for federal government because central and northerners will not benefit from it .Secondly this party DPP are thieves.

  11. Vyachalo says:

    wait for federal government because central and northerners will not benefit from it .Secondly this party DPP are thieves. It’s up to you to pour water in a cane which has ten holes.

  12. Piper says:

    Don’t give them any money until all cashgaters face justice !!!

  13. Phwetembwe says:

    Peter Mutharika must not be trusted with money since he has skeletons in his cupboard which include MHC houses, 92 billion, midnight six, midnight government & midnight everything. If donors make a big mistake of releasing funds should not regret later. They must be cautious but if they decide to release funds then they must run it themselves since DPP is the mother of cashgate. Don’t waste taxpayers money on these corrupt elite. Take my advice or waste your money I know what am saying with vast experience on this country’s politics. They are now pursuing cashgate cases because they are squeezed to their bones but just wait for while they will continue their good old ways. Mark my words.

  14. sam bandason says:

    kasambara is a slut in a grass

  15. Kanyimbi says:

    Good news.

  16. Fedulo says:

    Let us make sure that all who stole public funds starting with Muluzi’s 1.87 Billion Bingu’s 92 Billion and JB’s 13 Billion should be taken to task

  17. Nambewe says:

    God have mercy on Malawi

  18. Big brain says:

    Foolish white people

    Chinese dominance in Malawi has threatened them

    Keep ur money yes we will suffer but we will manage

    You do nt celebrate that am doing fine or putting on weight coz of ur neighbors ‘ food

    Zero deficit yakuwawani ki ki ki

    You want to disrupt zero deficit ki ki ki

    1. muonosile says:

      keep you money for yourselves, we want to exercise no aid budget and get matured through all its hardships. We are tired of begging, for how long.

      1. Aha says:

        Let them keep their money. But we will only be mature till the fuel question start against and we left scratching our head with “zero hair efficiency “.

        1. Aha says:

          Fuel ques * start again*

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