Malawi Muslims’ leader under attack over abuse of funds

Chairperson of the Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad is under intense attack by some concerned Muslims in Malawi who are accusing him of diverting associations’ money into his personal account and money laundering.

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A concerned Muslim Rafick Alison alleges that Sheikh Muhammad was at one time admitted having putting donor money into his pockets a move he says has propelled the Muslim community to demand the national chairman to return the funds.

“We have some evidence on the matter. For instance, K1.5 million he received from Atupele Muluzi during the last year’s Edi-ul-Fitir celebration was not used on the function as he diverted it into his personal account without telling his executive.

“And millions of kwachas from Kuwait donors intended for various projects haven’t gone into the associations’ account rather the personal account of Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad,” claimed Alison.

He further said that following the revelation of the scam, MAM board of trustees with the influence of Sheikh Muhammad summoned the Deputy Treasurer General, Ali Twanje to a disciplinary committee accusing him of releasing the information to Muslim community.

Alison also alleges that Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad through his chairperson for board of trustees Sheikh Ali Kennedy wrote a letter to suspend the Associations’ Secretary General Dr Sheikh Salmin Omar Idrus due to similar matter.

“This is a character of Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad. He acts against anyone deemed to be his critic. Last year, he fired two MAM top bosses;  former Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Al-Hajj Muhammad Sidik Mia who was vice chairman of board of trustees for the Association and Al-Hajj James Mdala as secretary of the board in order to achieve his hidden agenda of mismanagement of MAM. He is a dictator,” says Alison.

He added that “when MAM’s executive committee summoned Sheikh Idrissa over the matter he hastily apologized for miss appropriating the K1.5 million he received from Muluzi. But he suspended the Secretary General Dr Idrus for allegedly revealing the secrete.”

Another concerned Muslim from eastern region Yelard Kanonyile also accuses the MAM chair of dragging his fellow Muslims to court due heavy criticism on his misconduct of misusing the funds of the association, “instead of resolving the matter internally.”

“He even went further to threaten the deputy treasurer general of MAM Ali Twanje, one of concerned Muslims member,  Mussa Chimbende and the Director of Muslim Forum for Human Rights and Democracy Sheikh Al- Hajj Amir Jafali Kawinga that he would sue them after they went public at Quran House, (MAM headquarters) criticizing the chair of misusing the MAMs’ funds and tyrannical leadership style”.

Kanonyile further alleges the MAM chair wrote the State President Peter Mutharika to block the appointment of certain Muslims into government positions.

Last month,  Blantyre Fiscal Police summoned Secretary General Dr Salmin Omar Idrus  after they received reports about money laundering at the association.

When the Secretary General Dr Idrus appeared before the police as was required, Alison says, Sheikh Idrissa advised the trustees to suspend Sheikh Idrus as SG of the Association as one way of barring him from releasing the information to the police.

“Yes, the association suspended me after the police officers summoned me as Secretary General of MAM over the allegations of money laundering that involved the Association. In fact, in this case am also automatically the suspect and I wonder why the Trustees rushed to suspend me while the fact is that both I and the national chairman are the suspects of the fraud. They should have let the police do their job on the matter. The matter relating to money laundering as serious it is, was supposed to be tabled at executive level of which did not take place”, said Idrus.

He said MAM board of trustees called for the meeting where they agreed to send other officials to the police instead of him as he was suspected of plotting to get the MAM Chairman arrested on money laundering charges.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, MAM national chairman Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad described the allegations as a deliberate ploy to tarnish his image.

“In fact, I am surprised with this issue but I believe that there are some people who are attempting to fabricate such stories in order to tarnish my image that is what I know”, said sheikh Idrissa in a telephone interview from Lusaka in Zambia where he said is processing a Visa.

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42 thoughts on “Malawi Muslims’ leader under attack over abuse of funds”

  1. concerned says:

    IWE IBRAHIM MAKWATI !!!
    IWENSO USATIBOWE APA , OLO UTAMANGIDWA ANGADANDAULE NDINDANI ? ZAZIII

  2. ibrahim makwati says:

    MUSAIWALETU PAJA NDINAMANGIDWA CHIFUKWA CHA SHEIKH UMALI OCHI PANO NDI MANGIDWA CHIFUKWA CHAINU

  3. zaluma says:

    I have no problem seeing Muslim stealing. It is part of their legacy Profet Muhamad left. Mtendere ukhale kwa iye

  4. Eagle eye says:

    Mijomba yaliranso ndi cashgate yawo.Kaya situmizilanapo boko haram pamenepa?He he see koma ziliko pamalawi.

  5. SHAIBU MSUSA says:

    KODI SHEHE SALMIN NDI CHAIR WA MAM MAGALIMOTO AMENE AKUYENDERA ANAGULA NDI NDALAMA ZOCHOKERA KUTI CHIFUKWA ANALI MPAWINSO NGATI INE? THESE ARE THE QUESTIONS WHICH NEEDS ANSWERS
    BUT EVEN IT WAS DECIDED THAT SALMIN OR KAWINGA CONTEST FOR CHAIR OF MAM SANGAWINE CHIFUKWA THEY ARE SPENT FORCE. NKANI IMENEYI WAYITULUSA NDI SHEHE JAFALI KAWINGA CHIFUKWA ALIBE CHOCHITA NDIPONSO SAKUGAYILIDWA MA ALLOWANCE KUCHOKERA KU MAM. WINANSO NDI MUSSA CHIMBENDE NTOLA NKHANI WAMKULU KWASILAMU AMENE ALIBE NCHITO KOMA KUMADYERA PACHIKAMWA PAKE AKATIGULISA NKHANI NDI ANA AKE ASIKANA AKAPANGA SELL MATUPI AW
    IFE ZIKUTINYASA MUKAMALEMBESA NKHANI ZACHISILAMU PA INTENET CHIFUKWA MULIBE UMBONI WOKWANILA

  6. Bahasa says:

    National chair ndi MR pomwe SG ndi Dr. koma yaaaaaa

  7. Chikuni says:

    Musiye kusokosera pa Radio Islam chifukwa ndinu nomwe amene mukutiphunzitsa khalidwe lonyasali.

  8. I only know one clean Sheikh Ali Kennedy and he don’t accept nonses. Pray zat Allah intervens and bring peace among fellow Moslem.

  9. Paja asilamu mumakonda mapokoso komanso ngondo,tamenyanani tionele nawo kkkkkk

  10. katapwito says:

    SH Idriss MHD mwaiwala zomwe munalonjeza ndimanga Universty Chipatala cha Aslam you evin promised kuti ndibwino kuti muzizakwera mamin bus koma muzasamala chuma cha Asilam today you are driving porsh cars ndinu odala ndyerani Chisilamu mmene mungathere but 1day you wil Answer pa maso Allah sinu nokha ai koma aliyense yemwe chuma chake chikukhudzana ndi ndalama Zachisilam ndiotembeleledwa Masheikh akumalawi chonde chitani manyazi chisilamu mwachidyera kokwanira plz plz tapanganiko zoti mawa ana athuwa azaone kusinthako taonani mipingo ya anzathu moti inu omwe muli atsogoleri a MAM simupanga manyazi ?

  11. Mijomba Cashgate says:

    Cashgate in church. Cashgate in Mosque. Cashgate in government. Eish

  12. sukuntu says:

    Washing dirty linen in public.Mulungu atikululukile tonsefe

  13. Piche Yakiti says:

    No wonder he is driving an expensive car. Allah forbid

  14. Kkkkkk eishi nde uli gulu limodzi ndamene akupanga zosakhala bwino? Apatu anthu sakunena za chisalamu koma za munthu amene akuonongayo chisilamu simunthu ai ndi mpingo lol

  15. SHAKIR says:

    WHO IS COMPLAINING HERE? IS IT THE DONORS OR MIDYOMBAYI ? IT IS NOT ADDING UP HERE BECAUSE OF THE CVS OF THE PEOPLE MENTIONED. SHEIKH IDISSA MAY BE DIRTY BUT HISTORY OF KAWINGA AND HIS FRIENDS IS THE WORST.
    NOT LONG AGO KAWINGA WAS IMPLICATED IN SUDAN SAGA WHERE STUDENTS WERE ACCUSING HIM OF KUPONDEREDZA. NOBODY IS CLEAN HERE APART FROM JEALOUS. YOU GUYS HAVE GOT MORE PROBLEMS IN YOUR HOUSES SO YOU ARE HAPPY , AND TAONANI MUKUTUKWANISA CHISILAMU YAPA.
    KODU ACHIMBEDE NKHANI MUMATIUDZA IJA NDI IMENEYI ? KUNGOKALIRA CURRENT ASSASSINATION PA TOWN BASI M’MALO MOTI MUPITE KUMUDZI KUKALIMA.
    GOD IS WATCHING YOU

  16. hec says:

    Atupele sadalakwe popeleka Ndalama koma dyera anthu omwe akunamila kuti ndi ma. sherkh kungoyalusa chipembezo cha chisilamu basi

  17. nazimbiri says:

    isaaaa! kodi achawanso amatoba ndalama abaleeeeeeeeee!ifetu timatoganiza kuti ncthito yanu ndi kuthena achinyamata ndi kuzinga nkhuku.munatoimana mijoba inu ashehe.mwatolakwitsatu pamenepa,wangalunza wao

  18. THEN WHY READ ZA ACHAWA IF YOU FEEL ZISAKUKHUDZE.SILLY UNCIVILIZED RACISTS.

  19. Trevor Manyi says:

    Aah what do you expect from these people?

  20. KINGS says:

    TIZITIKITE NDALAMAZI BASI!!

  21. Hussein Max says:

    Its high time we start auditing these religious organization and compel them to issue annual public financial report. The worst part is to go and part back that stolen money in good deeds to the poor on the day of judgment.

  22. Malawi sizalunga paka kale kuchoka mu ichi tikunvanso zina eishi mxim

  23. Zanga Phee! says:

    No wonder this position people die for it you will surprised when it comes time for choosing somebody for this position competitors flocks all over to the villages entice the community to vote for them i didn’t know there is such lots of funding .Please take him out and he should pay back the whole money there is no development in Muslim Community due to such malpractice.Not a problem he will suffer in the gravel yard he knows the deal but for the sake of lessons to next Chairperson take him to court if you have all proofs.it’s high time they have been taking chances,even bursaries they give it to their nephews who dome for that mater not even deliver what transpired during their courses shame.See my name

  24. Chemussa wakwaTabu says:

    asathawetu akuluwa

  25. syson says:

    koma mmat tisiye kuponderezana,nanga zmenez mzichan????surely!!!!Allah will punish over dis issues,coz zmene mmauza anthu sizomwe inu mumapanga…

  26. Zakaisala zipite kwakaisala!

  27. Nkhani za ndalama mu MAM zisakupangitseni inu a Angilikani,Ro-man Cathloc,7day,,church of only Central africa,,ndi tima so-called ministries and prophit churches tonse you convalencly bond yourslf to,,nkumumazitcha akhirisitu kuti dont take advantage to write ill of islam,,,,cashgate or money laundering is all about an indvdual not a religion,,,,Sheikh idrissa is jst a muslim,not Islam,,he has to explain and resign to pave way for proper investigations,,,Islam is jst 100% special with me and I will never worship a man who walked on earth,ate,blicked,yawned and had an urge to go to toilet,,,to me he was my 100% an adorable man,servant and a specially messenger sent by the Only creator of earth and Heavens to guide pipo to know and worship only 1 true God who sent him….

  28. GooNgayikosya says:

    achawa siasilamu ayi umbuli bwanji kodi yauzilu

  29. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Samachedwatu akhapana posachedwa. Paja amalowa munzikiti ndizikwanje.

  30. Zaya ku nkhongo says:

    Koma a china Mangochi sazaamva mpaka kale kale. MAM aitenga ngati organization ya ku Mangochi. Koma sangatengeterepo phunziro pa nzawo uja anafa ndi matenda abukawa ku Cikwawa atamuthothola nthenga uja? Sheikh Zakaria;the Boarding Master then @ Chikwawa was a very hard working boarding master ever in Chikwawa;but the malemu and R.Kangomba fabricated a story against him. Sheikh Zakaria because of pressure resigned,from then till now Chikwawa Islamic Centre is under performing. Please you Mangochi people,don’t take MAM as your estate;its a National Organization,keep that in mind. Malemu will never know peace.

  31. Well spoken says:

    We need gud n profitable comments not dis brainless comments frm cowards pple.Achawa achawa ndekuti chani? Do u thnk dis is tribe religion? U r probably wrong friends if u thnk so.Dis is all humankinds religion,thr4 dnt hate the chawas as if the islamic religion its only 4 dem.

  32. Jamani says:

    As much as i don’t trust sheikh idrissa muhammad but………..
    Sheikh salmin’s face also tells a story .Chilipochilipo !!!!!
    By the way, who should be complaining here , is it the donors or these so called mafia sheikhs? I smell a rat here because some of the names mentioned are rotten ones. Mabvuto Ali phwii manyumba mwawo

  33. Zaya ku nkhongo says:

    Koma kodi Bilal Idrissa Muhammad (BIM),anali ndani? This guy makes me sick. Muslim Association of Mangochi (MAM).

  34. clement says:

    Kukanganilana donor money. Asilamu aku Malawi mwanyanya ndi kupempapempa. Start making ur own money. Build schools and hospitals so that yu get empowered. Mumangomanga timiZikiti mmbali mwa mseu pa trading centre. Wake up!!

  35. Za achawa zisakukukhuze lero ngakhale ukuoneka kuti tsiku lina zudzakukhuza, Palibe amadziwa za mawa.

  36. lol says:

    He just need to resign and pave way for new blood to take over if he is a true democrat. Zinthu zakayambika chonchi pamafunika kuzitaya or else mufika pa Nkuruziza that Burundi guy.

  37. Rafiki Anusa says:

    Ndiye Nzeru za ngaliba zimenezo.Mumva kuti atemanapo ndi zikwanje akasemphana maganizo ndi mmene umphawi wavutira pamalawi.

  38. munthu wamkulu says:

    Amenewa ndi achawa.The next thing umva kuti achotsana mano monga last time akukanganilana nyama ya mbuzi.Mijomba sichedwa kuzitaya zibakera in such issues.Timva kuti wina waluzapo mano apa.

  39. finansho analisti says:

    Za ndalama sizizatheka pamalawi.Pano ndi self enrichment basi.Nayenso Atupele akutapulapo za atate wache zija anatapula kuti zithandize amphawi mlandu uja anauwathawa ponamizila kuti msana ukuwapweteka.Atupele anagwirako kuti ntchito kuti yowoneka apart from jumping from party to party claiming to be working with the govt of the day.Malawi is a rotten society when it comes to money.Dont just trust one person pandalama za gulu.You need to have three signatories to have accountability.Trusting somebody pamene nayenso Ali ndi mavuto azachuma phwii.

  40. mmesa amati asilamu ndiachilungamo ndi mtendere?

  41. Suzgo Kamanga. says:

    In other religions God is money, mark my words.

  42. captain says:

    Za achawa zisatikhudze Ife isa

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