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: nac@aidsmalawi.org.mw

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glen
Guest

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.

VYOTO
Guest

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???????????????????????????????????????????????????????

Mr.Bambo
Guest

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.

Zayambika
Guest

Onsewa abweze ndalama ifetu tikutopelani tsapano

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
Guest

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.

Namalu
Guest

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.

Nankungwi
Guest

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!

Chilungamo Chimawawa
Guest

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

fkr
Guest

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.

Hoitty
Guest

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?

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