Malawi’s National Aids Commission in a self-destruct mode

editorial opThe National Aids Commission (NAC) recently announced that it is applying for about $574 million from the Global Fund that will be used in the fight against HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria in the next three years.

NAC Acting Executive Director Davie Kalomba, told the media that the application has been made in line with Global Fund’s new funding model which started this year.

“Looking at the overall figure that is available in the next three years focusing on the three diseases, we are talking of $574 million and specifically for HIV and Aids we have about $273 million as money for the next three years,” Kalomba said.

He added that the Commission is developing a concept note on the funding for HIV and TB, which will be submitted to the Global Fund in January.

“Once we submit this concept note to the Global Fund and our next window is towards the end of January next year and then the minimum period it takes it is about seven months to process that application in order for us to access the resources,” Kalomba said.

He therefore said, looking at the process, the money will be ready for use towards the end of next year.

So far, so good.

Our concern, here atthe Nyasa Times, is the fact that while NAC is busy soliciting funds from well-wishers, back here at home it is dispensing funds with abandon to organizations whose missions and objectives have nothing to do with fighting HIV, not to say Tuberculosis or Malaria.

NAC recently disbursed MK57.4 million to Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam) –  a trust established by the first lady; Mulhakho wa Alhomwe – a tribal sect; and the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) – Malawi’s version of the Gestapo.

Last time we checked, all these three institutions had nothing to do with fighting HIV. Beautify Malawi Trust was established to encourage Malawians to work towards making the country cleaner and healthier via increased access to participatory and improved sanitation and sustainable community management of waste and waste facilities.

While we agree that open waste dumps are primary breeding sites for mosquitoes, houseflies, rodents and other vectors of communicable diseases such as fever, diarrhea, cholera, dysentery and malaria; we find it difficult to believe the yarn by presidential Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Collins Magalasi who is vice board chairperson of the trust, and repeated by the First Lady herself that the deal with NAC was done at arm’s length and without duress.

The Mulhakho wa Alhomwe, other than serving as the Sanhedrin of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and organizing annual ‘topless’ parades, has nothing among its objectives hat remotelyresembles fighting HIV.

With respect to the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) everyone knows that of late, and especially under the DPP leadership, it serves merely as an organ that sees to it that “unexplained” fires, when they happen; remain “unexplained”.

Without complicating matters by adding the fact that reports indicate that NAC money was used by the State House to try and bribe journalists when they wined and dined with the president, we want to mince no words in warning the management and directors of NAC that their behavior will put innocent lives at risk.

The men and women who manage the Global Fund are not idiots and believes us, they can connect the dots and graspwhat is happening to the funds that they generously donate to ease the suffering of the HIV infected and affected in Malawi and to fight the scourge.

What we find most worrisome is that when health institutions /personnel approach the government with any sort of budget for interventions, they are told that “donors” support the health sector and hence health is not this government’s priority.

In the recent Budget statement, the Minister of Finance more or less implied that this administration has delegated the health sector‘s needs to donors.

Now if the president’s wife, the president’s tribal grouping  and his spy agency all start dipping their blue fingers in the same kitty funded by donors, we do not know what will become of those affected and infected by HIV.

We do not know what will fuel the fight against new and re-transmissions.

If the president and his cronies are in a self-destruct mode, we urge them to go do their act elsewhere and not engage in this suicide bombing where the sufferers will be those that look to donors.

With respect to NAC, we are aware that its management has of late been under severe undue duress to make funds available to the government and its agencies, hence the suspension of its director among other things.

The way to get that post, we want to advise the acting ED, is by serving professionally and proving your worth. Bootlicking will kill NAC and with NAC’s death the very job you are trying to wrestle at the cost of many innocent lives.

Let sanity reign at NAC.

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32 thoughts on “Malawi’s National Aids Commission in a self-destruct mode”

  1. ungapake says:

    Can we also ask PP to give back the vehicles that NAC donated to them???? Malawians are really stupid that just comment just for the sake of it.

  2. Kennedy nali says:

    The blaim must go to the NAC board memembers for their poor and misusing the fund. The first and above question we should ask is the how is foundation of the first lady did get the idea of imfluencing Nac to give her money? It has been six month or less look at all the scandal what about two years to come? The fact here is both peter and getu are there to milk tax payers money so please peter has resign or empeashed.

    1. Bismarck Sakunda says:

      Reason is simple,,, NAC Deputy/Vice Board Chair is Collins Magalasi, Presidential Adviser on Economic Issues,,, so??? Which board should we trust!!!!

  3. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    YES!SELF DISTRUCTIVE MODE.WANTING TO DONATE 100MILLION+3 CARS TO MALOPA AND TEAM

  4. The Patriot says:

    Mukuwayamba dala azungutu! Akaleka kupereka ndalama muziti akunyada! Kodi Getrude ndi Peter Mutharika mukaganiza bwanji? Nokha simungaone kuti palibe chanzeru kutenga ndalama za NAC KUPANGILA za phada? Ife tikayankhula muziti anthu a Kumpoto ndi woipa???

  5. Gabie Phiri says:

    Let’s just hope that the Global Fund admin does not hear of all these second-grade (Oh I mean high grade) NacGate Scandals… Malawians, how long shall we learn that all we do behind the poor Malawian in the village will come to the ears and eyes of the public? Let’s learn to be satisfied and less greedy if we are (by God’s grace given higher positions) otherwise MUDZAFA IMFA YOWAWA!!!!

    1. Bismarck Sakunda says:

      Gabie, they already heard and said yesterday that they are considering withholding NAC Global Fund

      1. nzingha says:

        You embecile there is no such thing as NAC Global Funding. Global Fund buys commodities thru off shore procurement. Not a penny reaches Malawi just commodities. Anzanga plz comment from a place of knowledge or shut up.

    2. Kenkkk says:

      They will hear because they read the papers as well, get news online, have a local rep as well, carry their own reviews and some angry malawians reporting to them direct.

      So if they give aid to nac, it is not because they are not aware of the misuse of their funds but because they think of the poor malawian dying of aids!! So they will
      Not cut aid completely but may demand refund of some of the misused money to be paid back and may attach more conditions on the use of gheir money!!!

  6. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    IF AM NOT MISTAKEN, GLOBAL FUND HAS COUNTRY DIRECTOR- MS. ANAKOBE SANDE AS OVERAL BOSS FOR NAC IN MALAWI.I WOULD BE GLAD IF SHE CAN ARRANGE FOR PRESS CONFERENCE AND EXPLAIN HER POSITION AND HER DUTIES.IS SHE AROUND?

    1. Bismarck Sakunda says:

      King,,, they have already heard and said they are considering withholding NAC Global Funds

  7. nyekhulira says:

    KALOMBA AND THE ENTIRE NAC YOU HAVE GOOFED BIG TIME. I WAS EXCEEDINGLY ECITED WHEN I HEARD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED ACTING ED BUT NOW I AM BEGINING TI WONDER IF YOU WILL MANAGE TO STEER NAC TO ITS LOST GLORY. JACK UP DAVIE. DON’T FEAR THE UNKNOWN. JUST DO YOUR JOB AND SUCCESS WILL JUGDE YOU RIGHT. AS FOR YOU MBAVA PLEASE LEAVE NAC ALONE. MONEY FOR NAC IS NOT MONEY ANYHOW, IT IS FOR THE POOR AND THE LESS PRIVELEDGED SO HAVE MERCY AND A PINT OF SHAME WHEN YOU STEAL FROM THE POOR. MADAM KANI NANUNSO NDINU MBAVA ETI? KUBERA ANA AMASIYE INUYO! INUYO MASTEN? AH! GANIZANINSO KAWIRI

  8. MVANVARA says:

    That’s how the peoplez team do

  9. Ine sindikuwonapo chanzelu

  10. Kenkkk says:

    I can’t see how Global Funding will give nac more money when they are already seeking refunds of some of their money and also hearing that you are wasting their money on funding non-aids groups. Furthermore just stick to Aids and don’t spoil donor funding for other diseases such as malaria, cholera, TB, etc.

    DPP govt, how cruel can you real get? how can you now turn to ngos who are well donor funded and for your own selfish ends steal the money earmarked to help many poor malawians?

  11. Monkey says:

    IF THESE PPLE ARE SO HUNGRY WITH THE MONEY FROM THESE ORGANISATIONS; WILLTHEY TAKE CARE OF DONNOR FUNDS WHEN THEY START SUPPORTING OUR BUDGET AGAIN?

  12. zizwani says:

    My question to NAC, NIB and BEAM remains ‘HOW GOOD AND APPEALING WERE YOUR PROPOSALS TO WARRANT SUCH A HASTY APPROVAL FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS FROM NAC?’ I hear proposals from many smaller but legitimate proposals are gathering dust at NAC.

  13. John says:

    This is more than a disgrace. But the donors wont be stupid enough to lend / put any more money into NAC anyway. Is it not strange that we are now relying on donors to protect us when we have our own protection agencies that are brainwashed?
    Now where is that stupid journalist who said all donors do not like DPP, UDF and MCP? Which well thinking donor would want to put any money in our treasury now?

  14. Ngozo says:

    The first lady should not have been in a hurry to seek for funds. Why the rush? After all the city counsels are there doing the same job she wants to do. No wonder people say that these first ladies’ foundations are there just to raise funds for themselves. When the first lady was asking for support from NAC, did she think that NAC manufactures money or what? Everybody knows that NAC is funded by donors. And if she was not the first lady there is no way her organization was going to be funded in such a short period. Why do you start these foundations when you know that you do not have any money to run them? You put pressure on organisations which have their own priorities. Shame!!!

  15. SALU says:

    national aids commision ndalamazo afuna kumazagawaso ku dpp ndi mulalho,alomwe nose osadanda proposal yikupita ku global fund.mwambo tipangaso next year,apa tizamwa wamame,nthawi yathu.

  16. Nacharrot says:

    Today is world AiDS day. What has these three DPP outfits done today

  17. Nacharrot says:

    I could not agree more.

  18. AK 47 says:

    Can someone whose conscious is still functioning at NAC and was part of the decision making process of all these scandals kindly volunteer to resign. Word of caution to all managers in public bodies. You have seen how politician turn around and claim innocence kukusambilani mmanja kuti you were not forced to make payment like what the Madame is saying. Luteponso ndi uyo zamutsalila

  19. Patriot says:

    Dere ndalama zonsezo zizalowa mmatumba a getu, peter ndi dausi.

  20. MADUKA says:

    We need external Auditors at NAC PLEASE !!!

  21. WADPP says:

    KAPENATU KACHILOMBO KA AIDS KAYAMBA KUPEZEKA MFUMBI NANGA BEAM KULEMBA PROPOSAL KU NAC SHAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NACGATE AT IT’S BEST.

  22. titani says:

    Mankhwala a HIV-AIDS kuti apezeke ena sangakondwedi,nzoona Billy Kaunda

  23. Leo says:

    NAC. you are a disgrace to the Malawi Nation with what you have done. God is watching you and I pray the proposal should not pass because you will make the Muntharika family richer

  24. Chiletso says:

    Why the hell should Nac should be bootlicking DPP or any other organisation for that matter. This to me is the stupidity of those in charge if they want politics they must leave this organisation and join Dpp . We are too soft on these guys thats why they keep doing this rubbish.

  25. Malunza says:

    This government has failed us and it should go. That’s all. Malawians wake up!!!!

  26. Counsellor says:

    The National Ignition Board (NIB) is the cause of all this.

  27. Bismarck Sakunda says:

    The best is for (1) NAC management to resign (2) The NAC Board to be dissolved and (3) the Beneficiaries to refund the money. It is extra cost for next Government to be coming back to investigate this! It is a cost for next government to be arresting people, going to court e.t.c. on this!!!! CSO, please this is your work to re-buke and demand immediate sanity,,,, MANET+, MANERELA e.t.c come on

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