Malawi CSOs set Jan 13 for demo over NAC-gate and ‘all concerns’: Updated

January 13, 2015 business in Malawi cities and possibly other urban areas, will come to a standstill once again as the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have announced its the date they will take to the streets to protest against failure for First Lady Gertrude Mutharika seven days to return the money her organisation Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust took from National Aids Commission (NAC.

Gift Trapence We will ho;ld demo carnival for all concerns

Gift Trapence We will ho;d demo carnival for all concerns

CSOs had given the First Lady seven days to return the funds that had nothing to do with Aids activities.

The President’s spouse said it would not refund the money, arguing she sent letters to many organisations and not just NAC to fund her Trust.

The news conference took place at Riverside Lodge in Lilongwe where panel constituted: Gift Trapence (Cedep executive director), Patson Gondwe (CHRR Programmes Manager), Safari Mbewe (MANET +) , David Kamkwanda,  Macdonald Sembereka (MANERELA executive director). Timothy Mtambo (CHRR executive director) and Martha Kwataine (MEHN executive director) were absent as Mtambo  is outside the country (but was represented by  Gondwe) and Kwataine was sick.

“These scheduled peaceful national demonstrations, apart from expressing Nac-Gate grievances and calling for swift action on the matter, shall also provide the platform for the citizens to express all the current concerns bordering on economic, political and human rights fronts in the face of a government that has adopted a wait and see or business as usual approach in the midst of these crisis,” Sembereka said.

Gift Trapence of CEDEP said media responses by the Beautify Malawi Trust and NAC have not only exposed contradictions and resurfacing of ‘executive arrogance’ but also “how heartless, insensitive and selfish the current regime and the said institutions are in the face of those infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in the country a scenario that puts our national collective efforts towards the reduction of HIV and AIDS for healthy and productive nation in jeopardy.”

He said Malawians should be “scared” as to whether their public HIV AIDS funds and any other health related ones are safe in view of the calibre of characters entrusted to manage and coordinate such funds in the best interest of the nation and public health.

“The very fact that President Mutharika’s wife Gertrude – who happens to be the matron of the BEAM) and his advisor on Non-governmental Organisations Mavuto Bamusi – who is supposed to advise the President on the negative implications of using HIV and AIDS funds for unrelated activities like ‘buying dinner tables’ – are engrossed in ‘executive arrogance’ by seeing no ‘evil’ in using HIV and AIDS funds for other unrelated activities should be a source of concern not only to the general public but also to the government and the President in particular especially considering the fact that the two are very close to the President, and often speak the President’s mind,” Trapence added, reading a statement endorsed by the CSOs.

The CSOs said they will not relent in their efforts in demanding that BEAM, amongst other undeserving beneficiaries, pays back the money meant for HIV AIDS purposes.

“Lest be assured we should do this without fear and favour,” said Mbewe/

They also noted that President Mutharika and his government [through Ministry of Health) continued silence on the matter is doing more harm than good to the government’s image locally and internationally.

“Why is the President quiet? Does it mean that ‘NAC-gate’ saga is of no ultimate concern to his government’s professed efforts towards reduction of HIV and AIDS in the country? Why is the President not condemning the act, and calling for swift independent investigations in the matter? For no doubt the President’s silence on the matter is making a lot of noise, and to a greater extent his silence may be implied as consent to the malpractice,” Mbewe said.

The CSOs said President Mutharika’s silence on ‘NAC-gate’ means consent to the malpractice.

The stated that the First Lady Mutharika’s consents having received the K5, 000, 000 million grant for her BEAM Trust but defending herself of not using any political influence to get the money is a “contradiction.”

“More insulting is NAC’s defence of release of funds for Mulhakho wa Lomwe function as part of its ‘high level advocacy initiatives’. How does NAC define ‘high level advocacy initiatives# for HIV and AIDS? Did we really see any ‘high level advocacy initiatives’, or even ‘low level advocacy initiatives’, on HIV and AIDS in both functions.

“If NAC defines ‘high level advocacy initiatives on HIV and AIDS’ as such, then we should all be afraid of entrusting a body whose minimum targets and standards for measuring HIV and AIDS advocacy and impact initiatives are far beyond the public and global expectations. Which budget line did NAC use for these initiatives?  NAC statement did not manage to address any of our concerns, if truth be told.”

Mutharika asked for K5 million for her Beam Trust and Mulhako wa Alomwe was given K9 million. These donations come against the background of NAC announcing that it would scale down its funding mechanisms in HIV and Aids due to funding.

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Gimbogo
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This issue is very serious kuba ndalama zogulira mankwala a Aids kukasesera munseu osapempha direct kuchokera ku Global fund bwanji? Ma Demo achitike mpaka ndalama zibwezedwe

Gift
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whoever is organisin these marches is either stupid or an opportunist..we all no wat happens wen people go for demos;shops rooted,busines disturbd.serious guys,u wana go on demo bcoz of 5million which was used 2 beautify our own country?..why dnt u jst engage in a dialogue & find the way through..wat wil u achieve after marchin whch u ddnt achieve thru a dialogue?..some of people headin NGO’s r jst useless,being there bcoz they wer related 2 smbdy ontop who helped them 2b their..coz ple who rily went 2 schol & hv the interest of servin the ple wont encourage a useles… Read more »
stax
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this is just a smart kind of cash gate. by the end of Nac’s financial year, an audit will show that they misused funds and they are to refund as per donors requirements. guess where the repayment funds come from, MRA. that’s your taxes. dumb asses still riding this government

limzy
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The people from lomwe belt are jelous of the people from the north. Just accept we r no match. whatever means u use to bring us down it will not work because people from the north are united and know what is gud for them. We will continue to prosper and control the economy. We will still dominate everywhere coz we know the importance of education osati kumangopanga u tenant, You will keep on working in our farms. Tommorrow im planning to go to the lomwe belt with ma trucks to pick tenants for my tobacco farms in the north.… Read more »
walijechi
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am against the demos

Munthu wa Mulungu
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What is more destructive to the nation between, “Mtambo succeeding Mwakasungula in an organisation” and “Peter succeeding Bingu on presidency”? Anthu a kumwera mumaona ngati ndinu a pamwamba. Ku sukulu mwapita liti inu? Mukadakhala ophunzira inu ma stata president akanachokera banja limodzi? Mbuzi!

otopa
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Mtundu wa Martha Kwataine unatengapo ndalama za NAC ndiye mumuuze abwenze komanso ndichifukwa chiyani kuma NGOs anawo mumangolembana atumbuka nokha nokha kuchoka mwakasungula kulemba mtambo kodi ma ngo anuwa amaimila zofuna za amalawi? kapena zofuna zafuna za mitundu yanu, mademo anuwo kapangeni ku mpoto kwanuko

Mwalubazi
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Prophet liyabunya said it. Strike zosayamba!!!

Mwalubazi
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All those who hate tumbukas Are FOOLS BIG FOOLS Without FEETS,FULL with wool in their Hearts, their are embedded with origin of hate of luciphar …… TISIYENI Atumbukafe

Chikopa
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Mr sembeleka this issue is sensetive anthu ena awona ngati mumadana ndi ntundu wina wa anthu angoni atapasidwa ndalama munakhala phee nkhaniyi ikuoneka ngati yokhweke muyenera kusamalisa pochita zinthu chifukwa muwusazosausa

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