Mulhako wa Alhomwe refuses to refund NAC money

Mulhako wa Alhomwe, a cultural grouping which counts President Peter Mutharika among its members, has taken a similar stand by First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust  that it will not refund the National Aids Commission (NAC) grant even in the wake of threats of mass protests.

Mangulama (centre): Mulhakho owes nobody any money

Mangulama (centre): Mulhakho owes nobody any money

The civil society organisations (CSOs) have been demaning refund from Mulkhao wa Alhomwe and Beam following revelations that they received money from NAC for activities that had no HIV and Aids affairs.

CSOs have been demanding that the two organisations refund the money or they will hold nationwide demonstrations on January 13 2015 to push for the same.

But Mulhako board chairperson Bright Mangulama told a news conference that they will not the money over K50 million.

“We do not owe anybody, any money. As what we received from NAC are services and not cash,” explained Mangulama.

“NAC provided transport, food and accommodation services for traditional leaders that we mobilised from Lhomwe belt and beyond,” said Mangulama.

“These traditional leaders attended different HIV/Aids sessions that NAC conducted during the festival,” he added.

Mangulama, with other board members of the cultural grouping including Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka and Edward Sawerengela insisted that the money can never be returned.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo, one of the CSOs pushing  Mulhakho and Beam to refund the money, said the demonstrations will go ahead on January 13, 2015.

Critics of the planned demonstrations have accused the protest leaders of political motivation and pointed at failure for similar outrage during Cashgate where about K23 billion was stolen under the Joyce Banda administration, according to an audit report by British firm Baker Tilly.

Recently, Council for Non-Governnmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) vice-chairperson Maxwell Matewere and Malawi Interfaith Aids Association (MIAA) executive director Robert Ngaiyaye defended NAC on the matter, but the CSOs say their NGO fraternity colleagues are blinded by cheap partisan interests.

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chimwendo
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M’mene akuonekera aMangulamawa alinazo ntchito kuti Global Fund yasiya kupereka thandizo ku NAC .Sanasiya kalekale kuganiza bwinobwino amenewa .amene adakali ndimoyo wamphamvu ku mulhakho ko abwenze ndalamazo kutinso Amangulamawo so apindule nawo.Please take this advise with soba mind .there r a lot of piple depending on it.

Rift Valley
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I fully agree with you Zondiwe but the problem is that the rot cannot step down and neither can they be dismissed if the appointing authority is part of the scum. What is needed, in my view, is a complete change of the guard. It is time Malawi had completely different leadership, otherwise we will get nowhere. Let’s face it; what we have now is a continuation of the K90billion plunder for which donors have funded a forensic audit.

Zondiwe
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The more knowledgeable people like Mangulama show that they are ‘tough’, the more they are weakening their moral standing in our society. One cannot defend the indefensible, and these people should not have accepted unreasonable favours from anyone, including NAC which has been in the news for wrong reasons in the past. Normally, when funny things happen in organisations, chances are that someone is fiddling around with funds, and they are trying to buy cheap support from authorities. A forensic audit needs to be carried out urgently at NAC and I am sure gaping holes will be discovered in the… Read more »
Political Analyst
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Honestly the tribalistic Mulhakho wa Ahlomwe grouping will again this time around pull down their fellow mlomwe;Peter Mutharika because of greed,arrogance,narrow-mindedness and lack of wisdom and patriotism to the Malawi nation.Apa ndiye mwanya pakumwa.A Malawi sadzayelekezanso kuvotera moyamoyakharupwana.

Kwathu ku Malawwi
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Don’t blame these ugly lhomwes but blame the courts which backed for their rigged votes to carry the day when they knew how arrogant these kalongonda guys are. Shame, poor Malawi.

tribesmen
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You people just pray that when Malawi goes to seek more funding from Global Fund in February all should go well which I don’t think so. While funding will not be stopped I foresee a situation where NAC will be striped of powers to disburse funds all because of bootlickers Kalomba and Kumbweza Banda. I will also not be surprised to see demands by Global fund that the two move out of NAC and should that happen lets see if Beam and Mlakho shall call for fwe fwe fee press conferences to defend the two

northern speech
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mputeni ndiwe chitsilu nyani machende ako coz u can put back what this shit whore did to mw citizens

Iscariot
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I never supported calls for federalism but with this kind of thinking and stupidity I’m now 100%for the idea.

Mbaya Malawi Eish.
Guest

Mwapanga mwano poti muli ndi President wa Chilhomwe eti 2019 sipatali musazabwere kutimemeza kuti anthu akuvotereni ngati Global Fund yisiya dziwani kuti inu Alhomwe muphetsa anthu osalakwa mu Malawi muno.

Rift Valley
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Kumangonamizawanthu kuti mukuchita Fund raise pomwe kuseli mukuvutitsa ma CEO kuti akupatseni chithandizo in money or in kind. Zambili zochitika ku Mulakho ndizothandiza kufalitsa osati kuchepetsa HIV/AIDS. Magule ovina ngati m’bwiza, atsikana a mabele pa mtunda etc etc. Munazolowela kuba!

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