Malawi to ban ‘noisy’ NGOs: ‘They must register their operations’

The Malawi government through the NGO Board has warned again to shut down non-governmental organizations (NGOs) operating “without following proper procedures”, mostly those that are critical to the administration.

Kaliati (left) and Kwataine- Illegal NGOs to be shut down, they must registrer

Kaliati (left) and Kwataine- Illegal NGOs to be shut down, they must registrer

Those targeted include Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living with Aids (Manelera) led by Reverend MacDonald Sembereka, Malawi Health Equity Network (Mhen) whose Executive Director is the vocal activist Martha Kwataine, Centre for Development of People (Cedep) under the leadership of another vocal activist Gift Trapence and Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) led by Dalitso Kubalasa.

They are amongst 320 NGOs that risk closure for failing to register with the NGO Board.

Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati said rattled the sabres of banning the operations of NGOs during a Gender Links summit.

“These are the same NGOs that are very rude,” said outspoken Kaliati.

“We will give them 30 days to register [with NGO board] failing which they will have their organisations closed,” said the influential minister.

Kaliati warned that government would close ‘noisy’ NGOs.

She said her office was consulting with the Council of Non-Governmental Organization and other stakeholders before shutting down the ‘noisy’ NGOs.

In line with section of 20 of the NGO Act, every organisation that wishes to operate or is operating in Malawi as an NGO must register with NGO Board.

NGO Board chairperson Emily Banda said all the NGOs are aware of the NGO law that they are required to register with the board failing which they will be operating in the country illegally.

She said after the organisations are registered either under the Company Act and Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) they are also supposed to register with the Board.

“Most of the NGOS are running away from submitting their returns. Some donors lack knowledge on the existence of the law, hence they just provide funding,” Banda said, adding, “we have already written letters to all the NGOs on the matter and the board will also write them new letters to inform them on the decision which the board has made.”

Commentators say the Peter Mutharika government wanted to copy the Robert Mugabe strategy which banned all NGOs operations in Zimbabwe on June 4, 2008. But Kaliati denied the fears.

Meanwhile, Trapence whose Cedep is one of the targeted NGO for shut down because of being critical to government on human rights issues and campaigning for homosexual rights, said the NGO law is very vague and unclear.

“The NGO Act requires an NGO to be registered five times; under registrar general, under NGO board, under Congoma, under Ministry of Gender, under NGO Board, and under additional ministry for purposes of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

“For example, Congoma is a membership organisation and is not part of government but it is mentioned in the NGO Act. Secondly, registration and NGO Act is on annual basis, was that the intention of law that NGOs have to re register every year? What is the role of two government ministries? Cedep wanted clarification on this,” he said in Daily Times.

Trapence also claimed that his organisation engaged NGO Board on the matter and they admitted that the law was rushed through in parliament. He, however, said Cedep is waiting for further instructions from the NGO Board.

Kwataine has said Mehn is in the process of registering with the board.

 

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41 thoughts on “Malawi to ban ‘noisy’ NGOs: ‘They must register their operations’”

  1. NYAKAMZAKO says:

    kaliati is a headless minister and she must be fired forthwith for try to tarnish the image of our beloved DPP led government.

    Why can she present an illegally bound issue in that bullish manner?
    She could atleast better have said that Govt to ban illegal NGOs and not Govt to ban noisy/rude NGOs.
    Shame on you Kaliati.

  2. king solomon says:

    We told you already that DPP administration is not logical at all but still people voted for it look now? Why should they run away from valid criticisms? Leave them, i can see that their days are numbered.

  3. makito says:

    If the law requires legislation, just do so, otherwise challenge it in a court of law. Lets not promote lawlessness.

  4. mwenecho says:

    Do you want to barn them because they are noisy or they are not registered?

  5. edda mwalweni says:

    Chonde find better way of disciplining police officers to save us not every day you hear an officer involved in robbery, killing innocent malawians, rape, etc mukulimbana ndi .za mziii .Kaliati wachepa ministry yakukulira.

  6. memory chanza says:

    Mhen kwataine failing to follow a simple law no wonder you talk things with no evidence…small ngos are able to follow…am so ashamed I thought u were smarter but mmmmm nothing to show so sad a country z bigger than individual zakuvutanitu apa

  7. Patriot says:

    Za zi
    Mmalo mobweretsa CHITETEZO mdziko muno, mukulimbana ndi ngo, mxieuww

  8. toxic loan boy says:

    1) too many ngos in malawi
    2) too many churches in malawi
    3) too many prophets in malawi
    4) too many prostitutes in malawi
    5) too many bars in malawi
    6) too many thieves in malawi
    7) too many satchets in malawi
    8) too many drunks in malawi
    9) too many anthu opanda chochita in malawi
    10) too many foreighners in malawi

  9. mulhomwe wakwa Goliyati says:

    Kwataine, Trapence,Kubalasa,Sembereka never be intimidated by this nonsense, uncivilised, stupid hule wa kwa Nkando the so called Kaliyati,iyeyu wadziwa lero zimenezo?????

  10. Nchembere Zandondo says:

    Five authorities, for what?

    Tell us the functions of all those five authoroties and lets if there is no duplication of duties. Why can’t it be according to categories. eg orphanage, Education, Marriage, police and robbery.

    How much is the registration fee? Don’t pay to all of them.Pay to relevant authority.

  11. zakusimba says:

    Good mai Kaliyati. NGO is a waste in Malawi.There can not be two Governments.

  12. kakha erutu says:

    Ifetu timadziwa kuti a Trapensi nzelu mulibe. Use your brain bambo not your tongue.

  13. bob says:

    while it is not proper for any organization to work without proper papers, those in Government who make a lot of noise criticizing the opposition should not be selfish by threating to shut up NGOs which hit at Government and make noise as well. Freedom of speech is not supposed to be enjoyed by handclapping DPP officials only Let opposition also enjoy free speech

  14. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    That many NGOs, more than three hundred, in our small, very poor country? Unbelievable.
    NGOs must prove their worth, not just to their foreign funders, some with dubious and quasi-political objects, but also to Malawians. That is just common sense. Period.
    Just as NGOs demand government transparency, the same should apply to them. Osati kumangobela pambali, ndikuwadyela masuku pamutu, eni ache ( Not right for NGO executives to enrich themselves underhandedly, and obviously without the knowledge of the funders).
    Akweni, go fearless on this one. Just like you do on any of your projects. This should be a priority; but treat them fairly regardless of their political leanings. That is one way to make sure the public (bao players) support the strategy.
    It’s time to clip the NGO’s wings. And time to prune the “trees”, of some “parasitic” branches.

  15. Moral says:

    Shutdown all illegal NGOs busy embezzling money. They r even failing to deliver giving people gifts keep them poor so that they remain in business.

  16. john says:

    Mrs Emily Banda apa akuti trying kuzigulira malo in DPP after she was assisted by JB.Emily uzamufuna JB ndi dziko iri

  17. Jose' says:

    Some of you guys commenting on this forum are funny. You mean it makes sense for the NGOs to be operating illegally? sick! You mean there is any problem registering with five entities as prescribed by the law? So you, Trapence, you think the NGOs that followed the law and registered with all the five entities are inferior? Sometimes I think Trapence feeld too big for his role and size. Just go and register, else, we arte closing that good for nothing NGO of yours

  18. kanyimbi says:

    Everything must be legal. First remove a log in your eye NGOs. We don,t want illegal institutions. Zamathanyula basi.

  19. Charombanthu says:

    So the decision to shut these NGOs down is motivated by the criticism they level against government. These NGOs were there during the previous governments and they were criticising those administrations just like they are doing now. Akweni, mukatengera za akulu a ku Zimbabwe aja, muononga dziko lino. We fought for this democracy and we will not allow someone to snatch it away from our noses, never. We will not go back to the dark ages. There is a saying that goes “Never asume that every critic is a hater. Not everyone is hating on you. Some people are telling you the truth…”

  20. petros mbale says:

    The comments about DPP and govt surprises me its about following the law which some so called BIG NGOs are not following did you see CHRR on the list (they are also critical voices than enawa ) and The President said twice not once review the NGO law if NGO want…….NGOs are not above the law if MPs do follow what about them rules of natural justice should apply here …lets not put politics in this fellow country men

  21. Phwado says:

    Muzindikire pano?Nthawi yonseyi unali kuti?K92 billion!

  22. kamfana says:

    To BAN NOISY NGOS? REALLY KALIATI? MWAYAMBA ZIJA MUNKACHITA KALE LIJA ETI? VUTO NDILOTI;MUKACHITA ZOIPA NDIYE MUNTHU AKAKUSUSANI,MUMAMUDA NDIKUMUFUNIRA NJIRA YOMUKHOMELERA PA KAMWA KUTI INU MUPITIRIZE ZOFUNA ZANU.NGOs are there to SPEAK ON OUR BEHALF.DO NOT FORGET WHAT U WERE DOING IN BOTH UDF & DPP KALIATI OKEY?OPPOSITION PARTIES HAD NO ACCESS TO MBC BCOZ OF U 7 BROWN MPINGANJIRA{UDF REIGN}.DO NOT DARE TO DO THAT.WE ARE COMPLETELY PERPLEXED WITH THIS UN USUAL ACT.WHEN DID U NOTICE THAT SOME OF THESE NGOs DID NOT REGISTER?WHAT HAVE MADE U TO COME TO UR SENSES NOW? SORRY X 3 MY BELOVED MALAWI.WE ARE STILL NO 5 AMONG THE POOREST COUNTRIES.

  23. NYAU says:

    Kweni auzeni!

  24. bogodo says:

    ummh!.. she (kaliati) wants to be the only noise person in Malawi?…. we like their noise, at least they make noise that all of us could have been making!….

  25. Kadakwiza says:

    Yah! DPP government, always makes mistakes. This Lomwe belt organization is boring. 2019 tiona zina please.

  26. ndadabwa says:

    kikikiki akuba agwirana umbava ayamba kuthothetsana. boma lakuba, ma NGO akuba koma kumeneko!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. ndadabwa says:

    kikikiki akuba agwirana umbava ayamba kuthothetsana. bama lakuba, ma NGO akuba koma kumeneko!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. SURESTREAM CAPTAIN says:

    REgistration with NGO board is actually supposed to be the easiest. It is just that most of these NGO’s have no money for registration. Remember, donors can not give you money for registration with NGO board. Now what more with a time when the NGO’s don’t even have money for operations. Amene akuti a ma NGO akungodya ndalama shows ignorance about the situation of NGO’s in Malawi ndipo umbuli wakewo akhale nawo phee!! MX!!!

  29. KHUERE says:

    A mayi Kalliat mwayambanso zijazi simumawanena mayi JB kuti samakonda azimayi nanga inuyo mukuti chiyani mufuna mumuseke pakamwa Kwataine simumuthatu ameneyu komanso tamuonani iyeyo maonekedwewo sakudandaulatu ameneyo musiyeni mkazi nzanu naye aziwike ku bomako komansotu anamwa inkiiiii ameneyo .shame on you.

  30. mwahana says:

    Kaliati, think first before producing noise from your stinking mouth. Days when govt. would give such orders are way gone by. Negotiations and Persuasion are order of the day these days and Not Kulalata. Move with time and have a sober approach to issues. You seem to be living in the past sha!!!!!!!

  31. ujeni says:

    Clueless govt at it again. When they have nothing to do or offer to Malawians, they create conflict just to be seen to be doing something. Hehede ulu!

  32. petros mbale says:

    It is not that government has any issue with the said NGOs by the way they called themselves NETWORKS in quotes but the NGOs in question have not followed the NGO law which is against in what they say…please follow the law and complain later infact the President asked the NGOs to amend the NGO law if they want there is no politics here only that the said NGOs are not following the LAW period …Its a shame the trust is lost for me to these NGOs not following the law

  33. mphini za mutchafu says:

    Akweni is beautiful if she was single ndikanamutenga sure apa akunena zoona yo ma NGO tina timsngofuna kudya money zama donor by making senseless noise

  34. Petar Mathanyula says:

    Koma achina Mathanyula simumva, mukayambanso kulimbana ndi ma Ngo???? Tiyeni nazo tiziona mathero ake.

  35. AMUNA BAWO says:

    Petulo wayamba kale kusowa just after 12 moons

  36. shaaaa! says:

    kuopya kumeneko mayi kaliati,mukumuona nzanuyo ngati sweet 16 kukongola.zopakapaka kunyansira enakkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk ngati mtembo

  37. viyazi tembo says:

    LEAVE THESE ORGANISATIONS ALONE, THEY ARE VOICE OF THE VOICELESS.

  38. Bodza la n'nanu says:

    Suppose the government shall shut down”noisy” NGOs then the same should apply to “noisy” ministers like you
    Kaliati.

  39. tired says:

    Guess who is being noisy? NGO board has been in deep slumber for god-knows-how-long. Now they’re unsettled by demands accountability then they suddenly up and, instead of going down to work, they start chasing their tails like a dog. You won’t win this battle against NGOs. Rather you will come out of it badly bruised. Please stop before you go too far down this road. Learn from the past, and be wiser.

  40. Chidongo j says:

    Tanenani akweni. mukuitha, tchito inu. zikuoneka ndi kumveka.

  41. JJB says:

    Why do we Malawians like to twist things.

    The last sentence in this article says it all. Kwataine would not have just said that her NGO is in the process of registering, if the whole idea was to silence vocal NGOs.

    You are bringing in Mugabe, just to muddy waters, Malawians we are very corrupt,the whole reason you want to bring in politics is because you do not want to account for funds, and the same NGOs give news papers money to twist issues.

    If we discussed issues in Malawi and not personalities, we would achieve a lot.

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