NAC-gate: Clarification on abuse of funds for AIDS fight in Malawi

The National AIDS Commission (NAC) would like to respond to recent articles in the media alleging that funds meant to fight HIVand AIDS are instead being abused by funding organizations not directly involved in the fight against HIVand AIDS.

The media has specifically singled out Beautify Malawi Trust, Muhlakho wa Ahlomwe and National Intelligence Service (NIS) as those organizations that have benefited from NAC funding, amounting to MK5 million,MK9.4 million and MK45 million, respectively.

The public might wish to be informed that the existing sub granting procedures provide for multiple channels of financing that include both solicited grant recipient organizations as well as demand driven applications.

NAC also uses existing opportunities to advance the HIV and AIDS agenda, through high level advocacy, HIV and AIDS information, education and communication, on issues of HIV prevention, treatment and care, as wellas stigma and discrimination by supporting major national events, where a wide cross-section of the society avail themselves.

NAC wishes to put it on record that it did not grant any money to Beautify Malawi but rather participated in the Beautify Malawi launch activities through buying dinner tables for stakeholders and advertising during the launch. As a cultural grouping, Muhlakho wa Ahlomwe was supported through high level advocacy activities for HIV and AIDS issues.

The public might also wish to note that in 2013 and 2014, a similar cultural grouping, Umhlangano wa Maseko Ngoni was supported, during which NAC had the opportunity to provide HIV and AIDS information, education and communication messages.

As far as the request from NIS is concerned, it was received just like other countless requests the Commission receives from various organizations and this particular request was never funded.

The Commission is very grateful to the media and the public for showing keen interest in the national response to HIV and AIDS and ensuring that resources are put into good use.

For more information please contact:

The Executive Director

National AIDS Commission

P.O. Box 30622

Lilongwe 3

Tel 01770022

Fax 01 776 249

Email: [email protected]

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59 thoughts on “NAC-gate: Clarification on abuse of funds for AIDS fight in Malawi”

  1. glen says:

    Kagweleni uko;we have not asked about other cultural groups that you have funded before;Just explain in a lay mans language what high level advocacy activities are and give examples.palibe chachilendo (high level advocacy) chomwe chinachita ku muhlako wa alhomwe ceremony chomwe munganene kuti high level.

  2. VYOTO says:

    THIS NAC RESPONSE IN MY OPINION IS TOTAL RUBBISH AND CLEARLY SHOWS THAT WHOEVER ARE IN THE MANAGEMENT TEAM OF NAC DO NOT DESERVE TO BE THERE.CLEAR DEMONSTRATION OF WASTEFULNESS AND INEFFECTIVENESS IN MANAGEMENT OF NAC RESOURCES IN THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS.

    THERE ARE SO MANY DESERVING ORGANIZATIONS OUT THERE WHO COULD HAVE BENEFITED FROM THE MONEY AND EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY USE IT TOWARDS THE REAL FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS.

    ARE THESE THE WORKS OF THE PROFESSOR WHO WAS THE ONLY ONE IN THIS PLANET EARTH TO INDEED CONTINUE FROM WHERE LATE BINGU HAD LEFT???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

  3. Mr.Bambo says:

    NAC staff, if Global Fund decides to close shop because of this nonsense,you will have yourself to blame for acting foolishly all in the name of buying favours from the president and his ugly wife.Mukhala malova posachedwapa.

  4. Zayambika says:

    Onsewa abweze ndalama ifetu tikutopelani tsapano

  5. NOW YOU ARE GOING TOO FAR, PLEASE LEARN WHAT THE PUBLIC OR MALAWIANS ARE SAYING. WHY TELLING THE MALAWIANS REGARDING THE MASEKO NGONI NOW, SO YOU WANT CHILIMA, MZIMBA,NTCHEU,KASUNGU AND PART OF THOLO SUPPORT YOU.

    STOP THAT DROP YOUR TOOLS PLEASE.

  6. Namalu says:

    A-aaaaaaaaah!!!! Ine poyamba ndimadziona ngati opanda nzeru, koma shaaaaa! Zoona NAC mungayankhe zachibwana choncho such a sensitive issue????? Can you school me on “high level advocacy”, kugula ma “dinner table,” ma spy a “NIB”, kulinji kumeneku????? Mrs. Mutharika anavomera kuti she wrote a letter requesting for funds from you guys, ndiye inu mukukana??? Aaaaaah apapa, tikupha tokha dziko lathu, zomvetsa chisoni ndithu.

  7. Nankungwi says:

    If there is is no abuse of funds then the person who made these calims in the first place must be arrested himeslef and demonstrate to the nation that we need to get matre avout these allegations or we are causing uncessary work for the president!

  8. Chilungamo Chimawawa says:

    please Global Aid stop funding NAC, because they are crooks, instead channel the money direct to beneficiaries!

  9. fkr says:

    Yes this attempt to explain away the corruption within NAC is really a very poor attempt. I really think that the donors have a responsibility to their tax payers to investigate NAC activity and decide if this is really the best way to help Malawi with their AIDS / HIV problems.

  10. Hoitty says:

    Peter Mutharika should fire whoever wrote this statement because they are contradicting the presidents wife rendering her a liar. First lady already said that she wrote a standard letter to companies and organisations including NAC asking for financial assistance and she got it. Nde winawe ukulemba statement yako kuti NAC sinapereke ndalama inangogula table ukufuna akutame ndani?

  11. Fumu says:

    Disgusting!!!!

  12. may says:

    malawians are dull people…..they make little noise..and nothing beyond noise….this money is gone….and gone for good….how can the whole First lady speak as arrogantly as she did..and people choose to look away? Come to Zambia and learn some tricks……is this dullness the cause of so many failures in your country? like football, business, education, singing? One wonders why even your radios always sing zambian, nigerian and south african music…..please wake up malawi!!

  13. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    I REPEAT,DIS EXPLANATION IS NOT FROM NAC BUT FROM MALOPA AND BAMUSI

  14. Kenkkk says:

    Nac, you are just shooting yourself in the foot by your explanation. It just confirms how you are misusing aids money for use by non aids organisations. Your misappropriation of aids money is part of the corruption that has been going for many years benefitting individual nac execs, boards members and the dubious recipients.

    Your contradict yourself with what the First Lady said or explained. Nac is a nonprofit national organisation and therefore should advertise freely at such functions as beam’s by not be paying. I can understand the tables you bought for your staff. But separately you also donated money directly to beam. Beam has nothing to do with aids.

    Similarly for Mlakho, what advocacy are you talking about? Do they have health personnel or manpower that deals with mlakho aids problems? So each tribe will have to come with their own aids programmes and you will fund them? You similarly wasted aids money on the Maseko ngonis!!!

    As regards nib or nis that was completely out of order as well. So each govt dept can come for the aids money? There is nothing special about nis aids problems that are not in other govt depts!! Another waste of aids money finding its way to people’s pockets.

    No nac money should go to any organisation that doesn’t directly deal with aids on the ground. You should be giving most of the money to the ministry of Health aids division or whatever name they call it or NGOs or community groups or private organisTions that directly deal with aids as their main operation. All should be working in conjunction with the health ministry.

    Alternatively you as nac should start establishing your own aids projects nationally and working closely with the ministry of health. You should be mobilising your own staff to do the work on the ground not just sitting in Offices making deals on how you are going to steal aids money.

    You are playing with the lives of many suffering malawians for your selfish corrupt interests.

  15. Wake says:

    Let us wait for Global Fund’s raction to your lame excuses. You are chasing away donors by your bootlicking tactics.

  16. Bodza la n'nanu says:

    Oh! Please!

  17. Tsangano Irishpotatoes says:

    Do not compare what you did to the Maseko Ngoni gathering with what Muhlakho WA Ahlomwe did. The Maseko Ngoni never applied for funds but NAC took advantage of the function to spread messages on HIV. We are talking of giving funds to a specific tribal grouping here. By the way can NAC be honest how much was spent at Umhlango WA Maseko??

  18. me says:

    OK TO HELP IN THIS ISSUE OF HIV YOU SPEND MONEY IN DINNER TALBES AND ADVERTISING.
    NICE WAY TO CONTROL SICKNESS,
    SO YOU START GIVE TABLES TO SICK PEOPLE AND SMALL BOOKS AND THAY ARE GOING TO STAY BETTER.
    YOU ARE PLAYING WITH THE MONEY I KNOW.
    ARE AT LEAST YOU QUALIFIED TO DO THIS JOB?
    NEST OF MICE

  19. Chibwalizo says:

    What can we say then, go on with what you think is right but remember a good Auditor and Judge wqnna expose it all.

  20. me says:

    this is all lies.
    why now you are writting this are you affraid.
    that mbuzi already confirmed she has the money only she say that dont return it,
    you want to make malawians stupid now?
    dont play with people like this.
    even you writting this i can asure that you are envolved in stealling money too otherwise you stay shut up.fire is coming to all and you are affraid.
    thieves everywhere
    if was i i already made an audit and investigate myself where is the money and want all papers saying where the money went and the results of that.
    when i was there not to much time ago i saw with my eyes where the money goes.
    i saw a women from unicef organization with big toyota 4×4 in mount soche hotel eating nice,nice clothes nice handbag nice hotel room but we are playing here.
    here where i am people donate money to those institutions to be spend like that?
    people everybody is stealing money in the name of malawians that not even see a little bit if nothing.
    its like this ones too STUPID PEOPLE,YOUR TIME COME TOO YOU WAIT

  21. mona says:

    Nac you are foolish do you think we are kids

  22. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    ANAKOBE SANDE ,AS MALAWI NAC COUNTRY DIRECTOR;OWES US MALAWIANS A PRESS RELEASE IN THE PRINT MEDIA.WE DEMAND THAT THE DOCUMENT BE AUTHENTICATED BY HER SIGNATURE

  23. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    12 MILLION WAS GRABD BY CORRUPT APM FROM NAC SO AS TO CORRUPT, POORLY PAID JOURNALS.SO IS NAC COUNTRY DIRECTOR CORRUPT?

  24. oooooho/ says:

    BUYING DINER TABLES FOR PEOPLE TO EAT, DRINK and you call that.. FIGHTING HIV AND AIDS! HOW DAFT ARE YOU? WHAT type of DIRECTOR ARE YOU? FROM THE STREETS?

    the press release demonstrates that you lack the ooomph to head such an organisation! what a shame of a press release!

  25. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    BRIGHT MALOPA AND MABVUTO BAMUSI ARE THE AUTHORS BEHIND THIS DOC.SO MALAWIANS DO NOT BE FOOLED OK.SO 12MILLION WAS FOR HIGH LEVEL ADVOCACY TO CORRUPT JOURNOS?CORRUPTION SUNCTIONED BY COUNTRY DIRECTOR ANAKOBE SANDE? THEY SHOULD KEEP QUIET.WHEN U SPIN DOCTOR,I AM READY TO UNSPINDOCTOR YO HEADS.GOD BLESS MALAWI

  26. Mbwiye wofatsa says:

    Thank you for clarifying this issue.Those who are not satisfied with this statement have certain enemity with the ruling team and lomwe.

  27. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    There is no clarification here. The statement raises even more questions. If you have nothing to cheat about, just shut-up NAC.

  28. Chikutumbwe says:

    contradicting statement from the recepients. More drama. we will see how it ends

  29. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba says:

    Olo. Takuneneranibe. Explain this shit to Global Fund. Let’s see if they’ll buy it.

  30. Alufeyo says:

    Mr Kalomba pse dont sink so low in the hope that you will ascend to the position of ED. We know that NIB was funded and we at NAC know that NAC resources were used during the Thyolo by elections pse pse shut up

  31. The Fast and Furious says:

    Whoever wrote this Press Release should be ashamed of himself or herself! Where is integrity and moral values? No wonder they picked him for the post, to destroy and steal and NOT to improve NAC! The only thing I commend him is that he has put his defense in writing, which means one day it will be used against him in a court of Law! Mind you this world changes and no matter how long it may take, abusers of Public funds will always face justice either here on earth or in heaven! Shame on you, BEAM, Mulhako, NIB and Getrude! Malawi would have been a better place without you!!!

  32. ANTI NAC-GATE says:

    you the NAC CEO, you may lie before us but God is watching.

  33. M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu says:

    Mukadzava kupusa and uchitsiru waukulu ndi umene walembedwa apa ndi awa mukuti a NAC. I believe the whole nac is so stupid and dunderhead to release this bulshit.
    so pitty and disgraceful

  34. dreamteam says:

    Malawians stop shooting yourselves in the foot. If GF stopped funding throughNAC, the grouping they would fund through is UNDP and half of the total funding would be paid to them as overheads. So many countries in the region have shot themselves in the foot like this, writing letters to GF urging them to stop funding just because they hate whoever is in power at that time.

    The statement says they are did not funding NIB, if I was at NAC this would be the organizations worthy funding that the other two. HIV is rife in this organizations because of the nature of their job, lots of travel, secrecy about what they do etc. This group is in need of a proper HIV strategy and alot of information etc regarding HIV.

    Like many of you, I do not see why BEAM or Mulakho should get anything from MAC.

  35. Jamie says:

    Tumbukas have resorted to advance regionalism, acrimony and hatred through posting of emotional and foul coments on nyasatimes and facebook. So you think even a fraction of people follow your silly postings? You evil infested tribe! You always advocate divisions. Why do you always swear at your authorities. Your parents braiwashed you and you think you are always better than other tribes. Mukuchedwa. Anzanu akuphunzira inu mukuchedwa ndi nsanje.

    1. gift ngulube says:

      Zikugwilizana pati atumbuka ndi nkhaniyi?

  36. MAVAZI says:

    AKULU ZAKUVUTANI BASI,CHANZERU NKUITANITSA NDALAMAZO.

  37. Leo says:

    Very sad to read this from what we think is a reputable organisation dealing with a deadly pandemic. Are you telling the nation this bushit. Are you telling your kids at home? We are not fools. God is watching you. You will one day pay a price for this stupid act. If I were you I could remain silent. You are a big fool.

  38. Jahman says:

    They say ‘ it is better to keep quiet and let people suspect you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt’ …..NAC what you have done is to remove all doubt, bola munakangokhala chete. This press release has done you alot of damage. Ndiyoduka mutu, yopanda purpose, it doesn’t speak to the issues you should be addressing, it doesn’t resonate with the ‘strategic audience’ who want to hear from you about this mess.. you have not helped the situation at all. And Iam very shocked that some quarters are celebrating the issuance of this press release, hailing it and thinking yakonza zinthu. Damn, little minds!

  39. The Truthful One from the West says:

    It is a stupid response. Either NAC was pressured or the Board and Management were seeking favours. I fully support CSOs action and this must be reported to the Global Fund.

  40. Chikopa says:

    Kodi anthunu election munapenga nayo? Mitu sikugwilabe ? Nac yanena momveka bwino kuti sinapeleke ndalama ku Beam koma anatengela mwayi pogula ma table ndikuchita advert komanso jb alipo chakachatha anathandiza gulu la angoni koma poti chakachino athandizidwa ndialomwe zalakwika ndiye kuti alomwe si anthu?

  41. Truth shall set you free says:

    Too little too late Mr Acting Director !
    The first lady has already admitted receiving the money . Just who are you trying to fool ?
    Now we know that the former Director was suspended for not playing “ball”
    It will be very difficult in future to get funding from the Global Fund. she will afford her supplies but the vast majority of us will not be able to..

  42. Bazuka says:

    The clarification does not clarify the main issue here which is why did NAC give money to BEAM as accepted & legally revealed by Getrude herself that indeed she wrote a proposals to NAC & many other organisations & NAC accepted the proposal. NAC can’t say it didn’t give BEAM money to Getrude but participated in the launch of BEAM. Huge & very naive contradiction. Its only a primary learner that can’t see the contradictory statements here. So who is telling the nation the truth? The name Getrude has two words; Get & rude meaning indeed she gets rude. She was told to get rude. Any name has a meaning & people live their names. Give your child a name Trouble & you reap trouble.

  43. Malindima says:

    Ndamvetsa tsopano!

  44. Chiletso says:

    Load of bull tell me what Mulhakho did at their stupid function that promoted Aids awareness? Rather with their ridiculous laws and customs all they do is spread Aids through chigololo dont take us for fools .

  45. Nobel says:

    The most things change the more they remain the same. It could have been more good if NAC was silent on this issue. Imagine all these organizations or institutions are related to govt; Beautify Malawi is headed by Malawi’s First Lady, NIB works under the president’s instructions and Mulakho wa Alhomwe where the president is patron and belongs to that tribe. Surely there were political influence hence Nac should be abit silent lest they will expose their madness to the brim.

  46. JOHN CHISALE says:

    where pple are gathering in any function safety is first priority to discuss,, yes yes for better Malawi this including HIV prevention kaya ndi mlakho’ kaya ndi ayao kaya atumbuka chewa any even church function NAC CAn take this advantage and advertise the and teach the use of condoms and HIV prevention koma enanu basi umbuli basi misunderstanding too much kulimbana ndi anthu osalakwa. kusowa nkhani. basi.

  47. Taliban says:

    Another stupidity to the maximum. Speechless.

  48. Greencardless Malawian says:

    And again ill ask: who do you think you are dooling? Yourselves no one won figthing against God, time has come for DPPs embarrassment so no matter what you do, God will show it to the world and rhe world will judge you accordingly ans then your end will come. Trade carefully with tje people of God

  49. Good maganizo says:

    Walandila chi banzi ameneyo

  50. Bonzo says:

    Do u know high level advocacy? Stupid writer. Go back to school. U think we are kids? Munya muona.

  51. JOHN CHISALE says:

    Thanks NAC. I think CASHGATE ISSUE HAS MADE pple their heads to boil like water that’s why they are urging any how without proper channel. They need to apologize.

  52. chatty man says:

    zikugwirizana Mlakho wat ever you call it, Beam and NIB with HIV and AIds??? Muyaluka report ikatuluka!

  53. alukosyo says:

    mukanangokhala chete mupusapo apa a NAC

  54. Nancy says:

    Motherfuckers

  55. Ma battery a mlakho says:

    ????????????????????…………????????….F**** ya the executive director

  56. makito says:

    Who is the executive director of NAC? I cannot even imagine to think about this kind of bullshit. It would have been wiser not to respond at all.

  57. Nyaliki says:

    I have never read such a silly press release coming from a reputable organisation. Who is heading this institution now? I think even the CEO MUST be daft to authorise such as silly press release.

  58. Nyaliki says:

    What is this? Whoever has written this is silly. What are you saying? Is NIS an NGO? There is nothing that you have written here. It is far from convincing. Uchidele pera!

    Can NGOs team up and write Global fund to stop funding NAC. Instead they should find an independent organisation that should be disbursing funds. NAC has failed.

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