Parliament has described the National Aids Commission (NAC) funding to three partisan organisations, including the First Lady’s Beautify Malawi (Beam) as illegal and has since asked for audited accounts of the state controlled HIV and AIDS management body.
Chair of the parliamentary committee on HIV and AIDS Davies Gumba Banda said there were many unanswered questions as to why NAC decided to fund Beam owned by Gertrude Mutharika, Mulhako wa Alhomwe and the National Intelligence Bureau which is accused of having its allegiance to the Democratic Progressive Party than to than to the State.
Gumba Phiri, who is also MP for Mchinji South West, said the money was given out in 2014 when NAC splashed out K43m to NIB, K5m to BEAM and K9m to Mulhako wa Alhomwe.
He said NAC’s acting executive director Davie Kalomba denied any wrong doing, saying it was part of his organisation’s mandate to disseminate information on HIV and AIDS.
The MP said this response did not convince the committee who in turn asked to examine the NAC accounts book.
Gumba Phiri also said a Bill that will seek to punish anyone who deliberately infects another person with HIV and AIDS is currently with the cabinet for scrutiny.
He was hopeful that the HIV and AIDS management Bill will be tabled in parliament in February and that the bill also seeks to make ARTs absolutely free so than any patient can access the life prolonging medical drug.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :