Malawi pleads with donors for aid: Chaponda says nation in desperate need of budgetary support

Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation Dr George Thapatula Chaponda, the strongman in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government, on Wednesday met ambassadors and other heads of diplomatic missions at Capital Hill in Lilongwe and   pleaded that the poor southern African nation is in desperate need of aid.

Chaponda briefing journalists in Lilongwe soon after meeting the donors

Chaponda briefing journalists in Lilongwe soon after meeting the donors

Donors, who provide about 40 percent of Malawi’s budget, pulled the plug on aid of around $150 million from cashgate fraud scandal in government.

Chaponda told donors that the country is facing numerous economic challenges and persuaded them to resume budgetary support so that the nation can fasten its social economic development.
Some of the ambassadors present at the meeting included the influential front man, the European Union country representative, Ambassador Marchel Gerrmann, US Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer, British High Commissioner Michael Nevin.

Briefing reporters, Chaponda described the meeting as very critical.

“The meeting was very important because I was briefing the diplomatic missions to Malawi on the 2015 highlights. In my report I described the 2015 as a mixed bag, since there were some positives and negatives,” Chaponda said he asked donors to resume aid to Malawi.

“I am happy to report that response is positive and as you might have heard from the Minister of Finance that we will be on IMF track.”

Chaponda said he also briefed donors on the progress of cashgate cases.

“I pleaded with them that they should start supporting us financially because the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Ministry of Justice is doing everything possible on prosecuting all cash gate suspects,” he said.

But he said donors want to see improvements before they can open the aid taps.

“Some of them have shown that they may come back soon but maybe in another form. Maybe just financial support,” said Chaponda.

He assured the diplomats that the Peter Mutharika administration was reforming the management of public finances “to avoid a repetition of the Cashgate”.

Chaponda said during the meeting he took an opportunity to thank donors for responding to President Peter Mutharika appeal for support following the various calamities such as floods and drought which hit the country.

“Following the appeal donors has given Malawi USD146Million and I was asking them to finish payment of the deficit that we have at the moment.”

During the meeting, Chaponda briefed the donors on the positives of 2015.

“I also reported to the donors that during the 2015 Government successfully negotiated  various projects such as; the 300 Megawatt Kam’mwamba Coal Fired Power Plant, which is aimed at increasing the power generating capacity of Malawi to meet the ever increasing demand. The project cost is estimated at US$667,232,814.” said Chaponda.

Chaponda said during the 2015 Malawi successfully negotiated a US$2 million Second Grant for the   Procurement of police vehicles for the Malawi Police Service.

“I also briefed donors on the E-Government (National Identity) Project–The Chinese Government approved the Fibre Back-bone component of the project, which will lay the fibre optic cables to increase internet connectivity. The second component of the National Identification Project, however, will be subjected to further discussions. The entire project is estimated to cost US$50 million,” said Chaponda.

According to President Peter Mutharika, who came to power in 2014 after defeating Joyce Banda in an election, the decision by donors to cut aid due Cashgate has contributed to the country’s economic hardship.

Mutharika claims his administration inherited a number of problems and that the government was “almost bankrupt because most of our donor partners left after the Cashgate scandal.”

Malawi’s plight worsened in January when severe floods left more than 170 people dead and 200,000 homeless.

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36 thoughts on “Malawi pleads with donors for aid: Chaponda says nation in desperate need of budgetary support”

  1. Winston msowoya says:

    Donors are not fools like Peter and the likes.They know precisely well that Peter and his late brother Bingu were not authentic leaders,but excursionists ( travellers) who had managed to hoodwink mainstream politicians for their own interests.To be honest Malawians are in for a long haul and it is pity that Malawian talents are being washed into the drain and our country is blown into the unknown destination.We Malawians in diaspora,are strongly behind the concerns of the Donor Nations,there must be stringent strings to coerce Muthalika and his gang of thieves otherwise Malawi is heading to a real political and economic tulmut with grave ramifications.

  2. Luwazi says:

    The government just spent MK65M on a luxurious motor home so Mathanyula can comfortably deposit his biological wastes, paid MK265M to a British PR firm and now we are telling donors that we are destitutes????? Really ? You expect donors to believe you????

  3. A cgaponda akybama, afuna azibe for 2019 election staregy.baanhu ati bill sikuu

  4. Mlomwe says:

    Donors we need the results of K577bn cashgate first.We are tired of thefts

  5. HPB says:

    It is indeed regrettable that the so called donors are still holding back any financial assistance/lending insisting that everything that went wrong must be rectified first.

    One would have thought that the needed changes are at various stages of being implemented or some are already implemented. Maybe there is some information that the public has not been made aware of. What are the sticking points? What is it that remains to be done before normal aid flows are resumed?

    If what remains to be done is not as critical as what has already been accomplished, then the donors simply want to humiliate the country. And that would be unconscionable.

    The more transparent the donor’s outstanding issues are the better.

  6. John Black says:

    This is the same Chapondo who said he does not want donors to remind the Malawi government of Human Rights. The donors have been clear on their insistence that the Malawi government closes the leakages in the Public Finance Management so that the likes of Chaponda cannot steal their donor money.

  7. Mdani wa mtumbuka... says:

    Aliyense amene akusangalala ndi donor withdraw machende ake achanganganu….Iknow ndi anyawu ndi atumbuka amene akusangalala ndi izi anamachende inu kukamwa kwanu kuda ngati machende…….mesa ovutika ndi azigogo anu amene avutike.U think u are punishing the mutharikas..U fools the mutharicas will never suffer for the rest of their life.Even their great grand grand childrens shall be rich ….iweyo amako ali ku nkhamenya kugonera madeya iwe uli bizy kuwombera mmanja ma donors to keep on punishing malawi.kkkk..Mtundu wa zitsiru, ogunata .Agalu inu simuzalamula malawi forever……

  8. Tax Payer Donor says:

    At least JB told us who stole the Mk13 Billion through cashgate. Peter you need to tell us who is keeping the Mk577 Billion in cash and properties. This money is enough to cover the donor budget support that you want. I cannot be so foolish to give money to someone who is unwilling to account for such a big sum of MK577 billion in bigger way. GOD must punish you while on earth. Donors release your money at owners risky. You can help if you so wish the suffering Malawians through other means until we hear of the MK577 Billion whereabouts through this government or any other government in future.

  9. Pk says:

    These donors did not stop giving you money because of cashgate. Dpp rigged the votes. Cashgate is just a scapegoat

  10. chokani Banda says:

    It will be a big mistake for donors to give DDP budget money. APM thought he could get money because he was prof. And lived abroad. Not even America where he has lived or many years want to give him money. Please donors if you care about poor Malawians dont give the governmen money. Lisne to Malawians. This is the man who has not full filled the demands for getting aid. AID is not our money. It is TAX PAYERS money from the donors countries. Why can Malawi not use their tax money? NO because they are used to beg and used to teal from forex which come through donation. That is what is worrying APM. Now he can not steal forex. He used the money his brother stole for campaign and rigging votes. Without money one can not run a nation. In a democratic state he should have resigned. This time will not give money. APM is arrogant but stupid because u dont say to people I am not using your money when you are paid by tax payers and u say I am rich to people who put u on the position. If it was in other country they could gone on the streets and protest. But Malawians sit there like fools. Call themselves peaceful people. And Christians. Ask Romans if they were not Christians. Going to donors and beg is very low status. The lowest a mankind can do. The best is to do as the donors want u to do. Azungu is not stupid like Africans. Anamanga zolo zawo and make them beautiful with all soial development. Ife KUBA. Cheating. Is in our blood. Educated not educated is the same. If God made us equal to a white why do we differ in our behaviour? We have never created anything. All we live on including education is created by a white man. We get equal education but we dont do thngs right. Look at APM is is educated, lived in America has he changed? Kasambala, Manodo, Mphwiyo, etc are educated but what did they became? We have to admitted that we are last race on planet. God help us. But the same God created us.

  11. The Analyst says:

    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………O
    “Malawians should brace for tough times; there are strict conditions for the donor aid.” – Good-All-Gondwe

    We all were kin to know what these tough conditions were. Then we heard, . . .
    “Pass the ATI Bill by 31 Dec 2015 or risk losing aid (K81bn).” – Donors

    We all laughed coz we knew that this wasn’t as tough a condition as claimed by Goodall since passing the ATI Bill was already a DPP manifesto hence easy. But what did we hear from the number 1 citizen?

    “I don’t take deadlines. Anyone putting ultimatums or deadlines on me is just wasting their time.” – APM

    And the deadline passed, since the clock does not stop ticking in wait for anyone to make up their mind. Are you sure that with these inconsistencies, arrogance, lack of political will and consideration for the poor; you can be trusted with aid? I don’t think so!

    I now believe that kukhala ndi mutu sikukhala ndi nzeru. And also that . . .

    “The age of donor aid is not over. What is over is the age of donor aid being given to people who cannot be trusted.” – Chakwera
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  12. Jimbo says:

    This government is in total confusion. It does not know which way to turn. First it says donor aid is a thing of the past and gone for ever, then it pleads with donors to renew aid. Goodall Gondwe the Minister of Finance says we will be clapping hands in the new year because the economy will have greatly improved, but all the indications are that the economy has got even worse. APM is in a permanent state of ‘load-shedding’ i.e. in the dark. He does not know his head from his arse. The blind are leading the blind. Malawi is a metaphor for chaos.

  13. Jimbo says:

    Should read, ‘Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation’ – not ‘Corporation’.

  14. Thakwalakwa says:

    Mwakhaulatu
    Mwaiona Bangwe!!!

  15. Sapitwa says:

    Democracy has brought us more misery than good. Investors have tried to invest in our country but have failed to make profit due to the work force that robs their masters on daily basis. Our police are corrupt; connived with crooks in throwing away case dockets making rendering investors helpless to criminal employees who are reported to Police. Our lawyers have also joined the band wagon of being helpless as they are also conniving with crooks.
    Our donors have had enough and I think what they want is not what has gone under the bridge, but what will prevent the future loss.
    We need to introduce tough policies and stiff sentences for criminals involved in robbing our state and companies invested in our economy.
    In China, if you get involved in corruption, the sentence is death. That’s why they respect the state coffers.
    Unless tough laws are introduced to deal with these crooks who defraud the government and FDIs, our country’s Democracy is a mockery. Our country will come to rock bottom whereby nothing will never work anymore.

  16. FBI geniune says:

    PLIZ DONORS ,l beg.Do not give them your monies,they r broke,once u release money they will still again unless they come forward and repent that they are thieves ,its when u can consider them especially mr ibu and goodall mmmmmm ,i dont trust them.

  17. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    Thou shall Pass the ATI Bill by 31 December 2015.

    Thou shall complete Investigate Njauju’s case?

    Thou shall Investigate and act on MK577billion case:

    All these, you shall get the donor support from their coughers..

  18. Nakari says:

    Pleading for aid makes us cheap.

  19. Thubu says:

    That is the problem with Malawian economy; federal driven economy not private sector. Number one borrower Federal, Number consumer of agriculture products federal, Number one employer federal. How do you expect to do it on your own. Taxation laws poor. All Small Medium Enterprises would have been paying taxes but MRA demands audited books of accounts from external auditors hence some cant afford to pay external auditors as a result they do not dare to go register with MRA since they businesses they do not need government to buy them which demands TIPN number to supply govt with goods all other institutions. Poor Malawi will never develop until we stop copy cut we need customization.

  20. dzambo says:

    the president is also a rich man. he can become a donor!

  21. John semani says:

    MRA can support the whole budget but a Malawi kuba too much. Tiyeni tikondane tikonde dziko lathu

  22. Eugene says:

    Fodya eti, bwezani 577 BILLION ija, pass the Access to Information bill, find Njauju’s killers, sort out IFMIS maybe then you can beg

  23. torgo nodo says:

    sam @ 4, thanks for your cheeky, hilarious post. i haven’t laughed this hard in a long time. ndaseka mpakana misozi wamva!

  24. Amalawi says:

    if you have stoped thinking. dont think that all Malawians have stoped thinking too. just make a confession before God and the Nation for stealing our votes and give room to the right people to run this country.

  25. ZOSAWUZANA says:

    Please don’t give these guys any money , they are thieves and criminals . There is this issue of MWK577bn which needs to be explained , Njauju issue , the voters materials mysterious fire issue , the MWK92bn issue which Danniel Phiri stole , Chasowa’s issue and rigging issue which is on Internet now.

  26. KUKHALA says:

    SHOULD I HAVE BEEN THE HEAD OF DPP GOVERNMENT, I WOULD HAVE ALSO APPROACHED SOME RICHEST MALAWI SONS AND DAUGHTERS LIKE PROPHET SHEPERD BUSHIRI AND REQUEST FOR FINANCIAL HELP BE IN GRANT OR LOAN FORM. DPP SHOULD STOP BEING TRIBALISTIC AND NSANJE. BUSHIRI IS A MAN OF GOD HE CAN ASSIST MALAWI AND HE IS THE ONLY BEST ALTERNATIVE I HAVE NOTED SO FAR.

  27. Phwado says:

    U foolish men from DPP headed by this dunderhead pompously were standing on an ant hill anouncing your zero aid budget and that the donor age is gone.U are indeed homosexuals running a stolen government.Go to hell.My plea to the donors:NEVER DARE TO RELEASE YOUR MONEY TO THESE THIEVES UNTIL THEY GIVE BACK K577 BILLION and that they serve jail terms.Analigonkhwiro pobhibhira panu!

  28. John says:

    WAIT A MINUTE. DO DONORS OWE MALAWI ANY MONEY? WITH THE CURRENT ECONOMIC SITUATION, CAN YOU CHARTER A PLANE FOR THE PRESIDENT? NOW YOU WANT DONORS TO ALLEVIATE YOUR PROBLEMS SO THAT YOU CAN HAVE A VREATHING SPACE AND START CHARTERINGPLANES FOR THE PRESIDENT IN THE NAME OF SOVEREIGN STATE. WHAT DONT YOU BECOME SOVEREIGN EVEN WHEN TO COMES TO YOUR BUDGET NEEDS?

    YOU ARE BUSY ENCOURAGING UCHEMBERE WABWINO KUTI ANTHU AZINGONYERANA MMAMIZIMU AND YET YOU WANT DONORS TO ASSIST YOU FOR THAT. MANAGE YOUR POPULATION.

    PASS ATI BILL FIRST SO THAT WE CAN HOLD YOU ACCOUNTABLE. NO ATI BILL, NO MONEY.

  29. KHOKHOKHO says:

    MUYAMBE MWABWEZA K92 BILLION MUNABERA A MALAWI IJA

  30. Mbuyanga says:

    Chaponda is DPP presidential Candidate thats why Peter doesnt involve Chilima

  31. George Kamanga says:

    Donors never dare to release your taxpayers money to these gangsters, monsters, robbers, criminals and murderers.

    Chaponda is ugly as his heart is so uglier than his face. Malawians will live beyond DPP misrule with God’s guidance. These dogs I’m DPP are crying for aid to fill their empty bellies.

    Donors tightened your cash boxes from these devils agents.

    APM and your dogs you thought you are clever by rigging the election now can you rig the economy. Agaluni simunalire koma muzibibira ngati munthu odwala Cholera.

  32. Achanda Atonga says:

    Kodi Chaponda ndi VP or just a minister? Where is my man Saulos Chilima to b meeting these donors?

  33. sam says:

    Donors please help malawi with budget aid, we have learnt our lesson and please forgive malawi for what Bingu did to non grata the then British high commissioner, we have suffered enough and will neevr do that mistake, also it will not be fair to punish all Malawians for cashgate, so please in the name of God give aid to help us the poor Malaiwans as currently the economy is sinking

  34. murupale says:

    May be they will come back,but am afraid coz there are a lot of messed which needs cleaning b4 these donors resume aid not only legalizing mathanyula.

  35. Truck says:

    NO NEED OF AID YOU TIME FOR DONOR AID IS GONE YOU SAID LIKE THAT LAST YEAR YOU GOT LOTS OF MONEY AND PROPERTIES FROM CASHGATE PEOPLE YOU MUST CONFISCATE ALL THEIR PROPERTIES AND PUT THAT MONEY IN GOVERNMENT PROBLEM SOLVED

  36. Kanthumkhonde says:

    Which is which?Today we dont need their aid tomorrow please give us aid we are in a mess1

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