Massive resignations at Malawi AIDS Commission: APM appoints new NAC board

National AIDS Commission (NAC), an institution entrusted with the responsibility of leading and coordinating the fight against HIV and AIDS has been rocked with massive resignations in the last few months, Nyasa Times has estblished.

NAC acting ED, Davie Kalomba and Kumbweza Banda.- Photo by Owen Nyaka.

NAC acting ED, Davie Kalomba and replaced boad chair Kumbweza Banda.- Photo by Owen Nyaka.

According records in Nyasa Times possession the following people have resigned from NAC with their corresponding date of resignation:

Tamani Tandaude, Grants Officer (21 May 2015), Dr Thomas Salimu, HIV/AIDS Policy Officer (8 May 2015), Maria Mkandawire, Social Mobilization Officer (4 May 2015), Joseph Kumwenda, Acting Head of Finance (27 April 2015), Medson Chitsulo, Accounts Assistant (12 February 2015), Ashington Masi, Grants Officer (23 January 2015), Polycarp Chigwenembe, Internal Audit Supervisor (14 November 2014), and Lawrence Ali, Internal Auditor (11 November 2014).

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika, , has appointed a new Board of Commissioners for the National AIDS Commission (NAC) which is only comprised of men and no woman – gender insesitive.

Paramount Chief Kyungu is the new Chairman of the Board replacing Ms Mara Kumbweza Banda who concluded her term with a controversial K5 million grant to Beautify Malawi of First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and unjustified suspension of the Executive Director.

The other new Commissioners are: Dr. Albert Mkumbwa representing the Private Sector; Bishop Ephraim Disi Mbewe representing Networks and organizations of People Living with HIV; Traditional Authority Ngongoliwa is representing Traditional Leaders; Mr. Chimwemwe representing Young People; Reverend Reynold M’mangisa representing the Faith Community; and Mr. Andrew Kaponya is representing research institutions and the academia.

The Board includes ex-officio members who represent the Public Sector as follows: Secretary to the Treasury; Secretary for Health; Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development; and Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS.

National AIDS Commission has lost its Principal Recipient status for all Global Fund HIV resources to World Vision and Action Aid while at the same time its parent Ministry, Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS has been swallowed by Ministry of Health.

At the same time all senior positions at NAC are being held on an acting position. The new Board has a responsibility to ensure that NAC regains its lost glory.

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69 thoughts on “Massive resignations at Malawi AIDS Commission: APM appoints new NAC board”

  1. Divine says:

    I am personally mailing this correspondence to the new NAC board members, they need to understand the low level leadership currently leading that institution. Look at this foolishness, clearly the most of the commentators NAC employees themselves. Do they not have a cleaner process that allows employees to air out their grievances instead of this open display of mediocrity ili apayi?

  2. jovelyn kasondo says:

    impossible , linje z cheating you, though those two men are traitors they wont get those posts, mark my words i know wat am saying. Dont fool pple and discredit NAC it helps us partners in national response. If those two boys get those posts at NAC i will call you to my office coz ian know you bliv it or not. i cant reveal ur identity here, however becareful with linje he will confuse you

  3. Sinewandale says:

    Ku NAC pano kuli anthu a Bright “Obrien” Malopa. These are Francis Thawani and Owen Banda. The former has been earmarked for Head of Behaviour change job vacated by Dr Linje Manyozo while Owen Banda will be DOFA after those who were interviewed have been left in the cold. Mark my words

  4. MELINDA says:

    we Kalomba ,tiwele kuzokuona kwamene uko.Mchinji oyeeeeeeeeeeee!

  5. mbani says:

    They have to go no mercy they ve destroyed the organisation I think all of them r rich now

  6. Zibwana eti says:

    My fellow Malawians, The situation described here constitutes “massive resignations” of the amargeddon magnitude. Thinking this is a small issue means “chibwana cha mchombo lende” of the highest order. We don’t care who wrote this article but if this is true then NAC needs to revisit its staff policy and come up with ways to address this. I hope the HR people have seen this and they are not the ones commenting like children here. Even if these were messengers and cleaners, we should be worried. Ndiponso we want chithunzi cha new Board Chair osati akale. Her time is over, Ndi nthawi ya Chief Kyungu. Zibwana basi.

  7. alekekuba says:

    I think Jovyln Kasondo talks too much and lacks discipline. If she is working there, she should also resign. Ndi oyaluka, kulalata chonchi? Silence is golden muzikatukwanizirana ku ma bottle store if tiwelenge nkhanizi mwantendere.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      akutuma eti komatu sakulipila alibe ndalama wakuba nzakoyo

  8. tsetsefly says:

    Peter’s works of his hands have destroyed the once vibrant ommission. With Nepotism and lack of proffessionalism this NAC thing will get to extinction one day. Global fund is more than justified to stop funding it. You cannot progress well in your presidency when you divert money meant for the sick and you throw a party for you and your stupid and blind followers. Shameless he goat.

  9. onele says:

    Zikuoneka kuti ma comment alipowa ndi offices politics ndiye ife sisatikhudze koma Ma ARV adzipezeka ndiye tikufuna ife

  10. Phwanyaphwanya says:

    Iwe Jovelyn Kasondo aka Rachel Silungwe aka HOA, tawona pano wayamba kumutukana Dr Andrina Mwansambo zanko medical doctor iwe pamene uli kalaliki wamba ochita approve ma leave a anthu. Chita manyazi ndithu. Please resign now or face mass protest from the rest of us. Andrina samayambana ndi munthu.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      unfortunately am not rachel silungwe leave her alone bliv me or not. Ur beneficiary wa zimene linje amaba unfortunately now he is bankrupt akukanika kugula ma window a nyumba ya ndalama zakuba ku NAC ija so he wont give u any money. Mwandilira anthu akuba inu

      1. jovelyn kasondo says:

        death sentence ayi akwiba amenewa shld be thrown inu jail aba kwambiri

  11. pressure says:

    Mpaka resigning just because NAC has lost global funding. Shame on you. Muzayikumbuka NAC dikirani

  12. Mwamandasi says:

    This stupid organisation must be dissolve and fund the money to churches and activists that will spread the message moral development. Malawi must have democracy with its own term. Thinking capacity must be the main tool to combat women and child abuse, robbery, abortion, homosexuality, corruption etc. Capitalist are taking advantage to sponsor, insecurity, immorality and loose behaviour, abortion, homosexuality, crime. prostitution etc. They know all these will have repercussion and they will supply the remedy for cash

  13. CHEJALI says:

    Klkkkkkk N A C mbavaaaa

  14. Kanyimbi says:

    Now that the coffers are empty people are running away. Greedy people. You mismanaged NAC and now you are running away? these people deserve death sentence.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      death sentence ayi akwiba amenewa shld be thrown inu jail aba kwambiri

  15. jovelyn kasondo says:

    iwe simulapa aka linje PhD without works is useless, get a life work and get wat u deserve. Taona anthu a PhD ife osati inu iya mutiboole mmimba?

  16. tilire says:

    Alinje mukulira ndi ulova? simunati. leave NAC alone it was there before the you and your fellow thief Bisika and it will be there after you. munangobwera kuchokera kunja kudzatiwonongela NAC yathu basi?

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      this is pure honesty NAC use to hv gud reputation anangobwera akuba amenewa kuononga zonse

  17. jovelyn kasondo says:

    iwe simulapa linjeyo ndi iweyo dont associate me with rachel and ur wrong to think like that believe it or not u hv PhD yoti sikupindulira u got employed on corrupt basis ur a senseless person everyone knows ndikumasule lero mwina anthu samakuwuza. Bwanji uli pa ulova if ur genius?

  18. Chindazi says:

    To me the resignations are not massive…… look at the positions,,,, officers,,, assistants,,,,supervisors….. kkkkk

    They can be easily replaced and NAC will move on……kkkkk

    if it was Directors chakutichakuti…. oohhhh yes…. that’s Massive..

  19. Simulapa says:

    Jovelyn Kasondo aka Rachel Silungwe ulibe manyazi. Zikuwonekeratu kuti wayaluka ndithu. Kulemba wekha ma comment 1,000? Eeeeh. Ukudana ndi nzako wa PhD Linje. Chita manyazi ndithu. Iwenso ukhonza kuyaluka apa.

  20. jovelyn kasondo says:

    ndipo we need those jobs pachoka nzako pali malo ndapanga kale apply ma vacancy mwatulutsa aja. ife tikufuna tigwire ntchito osati ulesi ndi kuba

  21. jovelyn kasondo says:

    iwe openga ukumalemba zofuna zosokoneza NAC usamale uyaluka, we stopped hearing about NAC issues the situation quelled and all has been fine. The country shld not suffer coz of u an irresponsible, empty headed lazy puppet who want to steal money, you only think about womanizing, showing off and behave like know it all. You can fool some pple but you will never cheat everyone. You hv bn writing articles about NAC saga trying to paint an attractive picture for bisika and urself but failed inu all. Pleased leave the national response alone. Enough is enough!!!!!!!!!!! You are not bigger than NAC and all of us in the national response. I will always monitor closely and unleash the truth.

  22. jovelyn kasondo says:

    One more problem ku NAC ndi iwe acting director of programs, mwano kwambiri ife we are partners mu national response koma u speak to us as your kids u lack respect and courtsey ur very different from kalomba. learn to stay with pple komanso nzimayi iwe ndanva kuti ukunyengana ndi ka nyamata kena ku NAC komweko. zosakuyenera put ur house in order

  23. jovelyn kasondo says:

    point of correction bisika was suspended didnt resign, board saw he was becoming more irrelevant plundering resources, kuba and pleasing politicians while frustrating donors thats it

  24. jovelyn kasondo says:

    Chimwene NAC need pple like you ameneyu walemba post imeneyi ndi mlesi weniweni who lacks work ethic, professionalism amangozungulira osagwira ntchito. his mindoniense was infested by plans to steal money even his selection to NAC was corrupt. Thats why lero akulephera kupeza ntchito chifukwa cha ulesi, i hope u regret posting this story.

  25. jovelyn kasondo says:

    Atleast kalomba is signing checks that are justified not bisika who was influenced by wopenga walemba post iyi. Anaononga ndalama mokwanira anthu amenewa, timadziwatu mmene munazidyera ndalama ku mulakho etc. dont be cheated dat coz some of us dont work ku NAC then we dont know ma secrets

  26. tuvitwana says:

    World Vision yes, nanga pa Malawi pali BOMA pano? Azungu akuziwa kuti APM?

  27. jovelyn kasondo says:

    honestly this Ed had to go if NAC was to move forward anaonjeza misusing HIV money, kumangopatsa ma politician ndalama. How about magalimoto a NAC anachita ngozi aja akupita kwambiri JB? Dont hate amakobe, ED ndi nzake ozungulira mutu walemba this post amayenera achoke basi aaaaaa tizinena chilungamo apa

  28. Chimani. Game says:

    Banda there is no issue about Timbuktu chewable Lowe here,ukungowonetsa umbuliwako.

  29. yosefe gambatula. says:

    Nothing is for life in life.Ndi Mulungu yekha.Bed akugonapo Pitala mwachinyengo Ku state house azagonaponso anthu ena mu 2019.Let them go.Other doors are waiting for them.

  30. John says:

    @ 9: atumbuka musatikwane!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just have your own country if you want. nobody is clinging to you. you want all the positions to go to the north? brushit! mulipo angati. you are only 11% of the country’s population.
    speaker is north, Chief Justice is north, Finance is north, Judges: Madise, Mwaungulu, Manda, etc eish!

  31. kenkkk says:

    I will reserve my comments for now on the nac board due to conflict of interest on two of the appointed members.

    I will wait for performance of the new board.

  32. john says:

    Just confirm Mr Kalomba.He has done a good job during his acting period

  33. Khonjeni boys says:

    Nyasatimes what you have written here is very true and you are commended once again for informing the nation the true picture of what is happening at NAC. Ena akhonza kunena zina koma akuziwa kuti nkhaniyi ndiyowona ndithu. If I was on NAC Board I would ensure that ways are found to retain staff. This is an important institution which must be protected

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      atleast you know NAC is real deal ife bungwe lathu likuyenda bwino coz NAC provide us necessary expertise

  34. Mwakhuta says:

    Mukhonza kusiya nonse ntchito koma ineyo ndikhala pompano. Ndikhonza kusala ndekha. Enanunso ndinu aulesi timachita kukumverani chisoni bwenzi titakuchosani kale. NAC is not shaken with these resignations anzanu ena akusowa ntchito. Mwadyaidya ndalama za NAC zaka zonsezi sopano mukuthawa poti ndalama zapita kwina?

  35. Bulutu 1 says:

    Kyungu m.maso mwanga ngati imfa not a chief.

  36. Tembenukani says:

    One name is missing from this list. Thomas Bisika also resigned as Executive Director in December. Surprisingly this has not been announced but we know that he resigned after he was transferred to Ministry of Health where his boss will be Mariam Mangochi. This resignation must also be announced publicly because he can be doing business in the name of NAC without the knowledge of the Board. I am sure the new Board will make this public announcement.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      munthuyi sanachite resign anachita kuthamangitsa kuononga ndi kuba tooo much

  37. Mwene Chisitu says:

    Nkhati ya anthu kusiya nthito siyachilendo. Anthu amasiya ntchito kuli konse. My problem ndi yoti World Vision and Action AId alandire ndalama za boma?

  38. Kambangamwala says:

    Ladies and gentlemen, some times it is not good to fight over issues that are true. There is nothing wrong with the Board composition but what is required is for the Board to address this problem. Sibwino kuti tizikana zinthu ngati zili zowona. A good official will be part of the solution osati kumapanga zinthu zokhala ngati kuti nkhaniyi yangotuluka. I have a friend who works at NAC and he has confirmed kuti nkhaniyi ndi yowona.

  39. Patriot says:

    Kodi NAC ilipo?
    Inatha chifukwa cha Getu.
    Nac ndiye kuti chiyani?
    Za zi, za umulakho basi mxieeeew

  40. Mukuithawa NAC coz yasiya kunona ndi ndalama Zia Global Fund?

  41. Nyonyo says:

    Now you see this how APM works osati kutha mau nkuyakhula ayi action basi

  42. zinguli-zunguli says:

    Is this true? I for one do not believe this. I will wait until NAC responds. NAC has better salaries than many institutions so such levels of resignations simply do not make sense. I will wait for a response from the Board.

  43. Mphepo zinayi says:

    It looks like all these people resigned within 6 months between November 2014 and May 2015. It is unheard of. We need an explanation from the Board. Otherwise if this trend continues we will have a very weak NAC.

  44. Mulanje Bale says:

    The previous Board made a serious error by firing Dr Bisika as Executive Director. The Board should have examined the issues deeper. The Board should have remained independent instead of being influenced by many external players including Amakobe Sande of UNAIDS who hated Bisika for no apparent reason. We should not allow the NAC Board to do what the previous Board did. Many more resignations are coming next month and it will be embarrassing for the Board.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      inutu mukunama mwina ndinu aja munayamba ntchito ku NAC coz of bisika eti? Especially accounts assistant wankazi iwe u were number 12 ku interview ndi iwe waku transport iwe iwe. Let more p(ple resign NAC will advertise those posts alemba anthu ena. Iwe do u know kuti anthu ambili amakufuna ku NAC? Ur comments lacks depth and rationale

  45. jovelyn kasondo says:

    i know NAC inside out though am outsider therefore i will deplore zabodza xonse ziimene anthu osokoneza amenewa akunena kumakumana ndi kumalemba. leave head of admin alone why do u hate her? its enough u hv hated her too much!!!! mamuna ngati iwe ulibe olo ndi ndevu yomwe kumalimbana ndi HOA? ndipemphe inu ogwira ku NAC to stand strong and protect NAC. These are signs zoti these evil pple want to destroy entire NAC.

  46. Sosola says:

    This is sad for an important institution like NAC. We hear that the former Executive Director has been transferred to Ministry of Health where he will be just another Director. This means that NAC will have no Executive Director for another 2 years

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      very sad? infact it was important to chase the ED ndi nzake walemba post yopusayi if we were to regain donor confidence. Anthu osokoneza amenewa koma lero apweteketsana, amayitenga NAC ngati personal estate

  47. any reasons for resignations?

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      Ask the resignees one by one ttheir names are here

  48. Kadakwiza says:

    Kyungu’s bonus for saying no to federation. But time will come when northerners will say enough is enough.

  49. robson mu says:

    thats part of silencing vocal traditional leaders any way kyungu wil not stop talking of kayelekela uranium mine.

  50. Tione zina says:

    There is also a young working lady called Tamara Kumwenda who has also resigned. Dr Linje Manyozo resigned last year but was asked to hang on until the end of his contract. The Head of Administration is very happy with this as she happily announces the resignation to all staff.

    1. jovelyn kasondo says:

      ur identity is unmasked now koma ndiyetu uli pa ntchito yoipitsa anzakotu koma God z watching u will remain like that with pain and living useless life. hehedeee koma ndiye wailiratu NAC unkayesanji. know that ur not bigger than NAC tamakangonyengani ku PSI unfortunately mulibeso ndalama zonyengera gratuity inatha kkkkkkkkkkkkk koma uziona.

      1. jovelyn kasondo says:

        tamanenani chilungamo did she happily announce ur resignation? ndiye unkafuna asachite announce? kkkkkk koma watha ma plan munthu iwe, now NAC is clean without u ndi nzako wina anachita kuthamangitsa uja

  51. mgawadere says:

    Kuthawa ndi cash yomwe tadya kale eti nchifukwa tikupanga resign

  52. jovelyn kasondo says:

    pple get it right someone gruntled , oyaluka , opanda nzeru ndi opusa is writing all this shit. NAC board was chosen more than a month ago why writing now? Yes pple resign thats why NAC is advertising súch posts so wats ur problem? Get a life and do ur shit. Ukapitiliza kulemba zopusazi uyalutsidwa wanva!!!!!!!!! Wats ur problem? Wat do u want to achieve? ur so unpatriotic and useless dunderhead infact NAC is better now mxiiiiiii

  53. jovelyn kasondo says:

    So what? There is someone disgruntled and in anguish writing all this rubbish. Get a life infact NAC is better now.

  54. deadend says:

    Just out of curiosity — where is Thomas Bisika? Isn’t he the ED? Excuse me if I am out of touch with the goings on there.

  55. commentator says:

    May be we no longer need a huge NAC when we already have Ministry of Health and a robust Department of HIV and AIDS.

    The new commissioners…TA Kyungu, the all-wise and TA Ngolingoliwa, that clean mouthed advisor. Are they not both traditional leaders?

    I would love to see institutional representatiin by College of Medicine.

  56. zingati zanu says:

    Congratulations Paramount. What will be the first thing? Familiarisation tour? Am sure you are civilized enough to make a proper handover of the receipient issue with Action Aid and World Vision. Otherwise kulibeko mavyoko vyoko ndi malubeni kumeneko. Mwapeza kutapanga matope. Anyway goodluck Chief. Sindifunsa kuti zanu ndizingati.

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