Newspaper queries Malawi ministers on ‘patriotism’ over NAC-gate

The flagship national weekly, Malawi News has queried government’s recent accusations of civil society leaders for reporting abuse of National Aids Commission (NAC) to Global Fund, arguing that before blaming others as being unpatriotic, the government should examine the actions of those who dined and wined on the account of Aids/HIV money and consider whether they are true patriots or not.

Kalirani: Patriotism call challenged

Kalirani: Patriotism call challenged

Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa and Minister of Health Jean Kalilani recently accused CSO leader under the anti-NAGATE banner for reporting the diverting of NAC funding to entities that do not directly deal with HIV/AIDS intervention solely based on political manipulation or abuse in NAC’s HIV/AIDS grant decision making processes to Global Fund describing them as lacking patriotism.

“Instead of rushing with negative issues to donors, it was vital for aggrieved parties to first opt for domestic dialogue. The spirit of persuading donors to pull out their support in cases of perceived funds abuse is counterproductive and bites the poor Malawians the most,” Kalilani is quoted as saying.

“ When we went to Geneva recently, we found a pile of documents from Malawi to the Global Fund. The documents were aimed at casting a dark picture of the country so that the fund could stop assisting us. Why should right-thinking Malawians be at the forefront asking Global Fund to suspend its support for us. Let us be positive. Let us be patriotic,” Kalilani said.

However, in its editorial comment , Malawi News of February 28th 2015, called on government to soberly examine in the whole NACGATE saga to gauge who was a true patriot.

“A word to the two ministers: Before blaming others as being unpatriotic, they should examine the actions of those who dined and wined on the account of Aids/HIV money and consider whether they are true patriots because to us they were not. We know who a true Malawian patriot is,” reads the Comment.

While quoting a dictionary meaning of a Patriot as a person who defends and loves his or her country, The Malawi News editorial standpoint argue that before pointing fingers at CSOs, the two ministers should scour their conscience to gauge whether the DPP government and its NAC have been patriotic.

“Is using money meant to save lives of people living with HIV/AIDS from NAC to wine and dine patriotic? Does using the fund to dance and jive in a cultural jamboree for a grouping that the President belongs to a true show of patriotism?”

The editorial comment further dismissed the Ministers talk that the CSOs rebuffed calls for dialogue.

“The two ministers talk of dialogue. But which dialogue is this because we remember clearly that CSOs called on Mlakho and the First Lady’s trust to return the money and this was met with utmost arrogance and rudeness by officials such Mr Mabvuto Bamusi and Dr Collins Magalasi. They insisted that come rain or sunshine, the money cannot be returned,” reads the editorial.

At least 22 Civil Society Organisations staged nationwide demonstrations on 13th January 2015 in protest over diverting of NAC funding to entities that do not directly deal with HIV/AIDS intervention solely based on political manipulation or abuse in NAC’s HIV/AIDS grant decision making processes and deteriorating state of governance, rule of law and human rights.

According to the petition directed to the President of Malawi, the CSOs demanded government to desist from politically abusing the public institutions, resources and funds for purposes which are contrary to their mandates and not in the best interest of Malawians; the President to dissolve the board of NAC and institute a forensic audit of NAC disbursement of AIDS funds since the time NAC was granted the principle recipient of HIV/AIDS related funds by Global fund and put in place clear steps to ensure that National Aids Commission is no longer susceptible to political abuse and interference,

The petition also  called on the President to condemn NACGATE and provide assurance to the nation that this shall never happen again in future; initiate the review of NAC policy and procedures on fund disbursement; and also ensure that First Lady’s Beautify Malawi (BEAM) and Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe should refund K5million and K9.4 million respectively to National Aids Commission (NAC) to be used for its intended HIV/AIDS response functions.

 

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35 thoughts on “Newspaper queries Malawi ministers on ‘patriotism’ over NAC-gate”

  1. sabiti says:

    What is wrong with our first ladies always getting their hubbys into hot soup being first lady is more than enough your name is already on the billboard whatelse do u want

  2. Gimbogo says:

    A Nankhumwa ndi a kalirani tizingokuyang’anirani mukuba kuti tikhale patriotic mwagwanayo

  3. Munyalika says:

    amayi ali pheee

  4. Not a njenjenjeman says:

    Bravo CSO and citizenry of goodwill. This should give encouragement to the general citizenry that it is possible to stand up against any abuse of public purse and achieve redress than hurting in silence. No one should make us feel guilty because the support has actually been secured that way. Come to think of it, the support hasnt been terminated but govt seems not pleased why? Its actually good because its the line ministry of health that is now directly involved which should be even better. Why tears?

  5. Indeed power corrupts and blinds those riding it.But one day is one day and the down trodden will triumph.

  6. MBC says:

    Vuto lathu a Malawi ndilokuti timalora kuberedwa chifukwa okubawo ndi anzathu. Ena nkhani ya cashgate saonapo vuto poti akubao ndi anzao komanso Ena sakuona vuto pa nacgate poti mbavazo ndi anzao.

  7. dungulinya says:

    Petty

  8. PAPAYA says:

    Patriotism for what???????plz munabera nothing like that we want the truth from mec n court. myb we will b

  9. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mbuzi za minisita.
    You underrated CSOz and Malawians chifukwa maonangati ndinu madolo.

    You’re in std 1, first day, on page 1 so tread carefully.

  10. Bwampini says:

    Arrogance and selfishness were the main catalysts of finding piles of document in Geneva. If BEAM cooperated right at the beginning,dialogue would definitely take its course. Kuwopa kuvomeleza machimo ndi chintima chozikuza ndizimene zawonongo nkhaniyi. Ndalama inali yochepa yoti akanatha kuvomelezana kumweza.

    Nkhani ikakukanikani m’banja ndi pamene mmafuna ankhoswe. Kakakhala pauta sungakalase. APM was @ a dilemma on BEAM. #JUSTMARRIED# angazuzulane? Ummmmmmmmm! Nde sikukhala azizukulu2

  11. ... says:

    Koma KUBA ndalama zogulira mankhwala a HIV kukapangira mapwando, kumwelera ndi kunyenga.
    Ziçenezo nde patriotism si choncho?

  12. John says:

    So you think Action Aid and World Vision are not corrupt? You better think twice! Some of us know how corrupt these organizations are. These organizations claim they are paying accommodation of K20, 000 to K25, 000 / night in Ntchisi and yet we all know that there is no accommodation in the district that costs that much. These guys collude with lodge owners to inflate the number of participants, number of days for the workshop. We know all those things.

    Of course I don’t mean to side umbava wa ndalama from Nac by Mulhako and BEAM. Nonse ndinu olakwa!

  13. tuvitwana says:

    STUPID MANGANYA NOW U’VE TURNED tikuferanji INTO A LOMWE GROUND, TALKING POLITICS INSTEAD OF HIV/ AIDS MSGES. UR A DULL MEDICAL ASSISTANT LUCKY U MARRIED MWANA WA PASTOR HENCE KA UDINDOKO. U THINK WE DON’T KNOW U?
    U CAN’T HOLD THAT POSITION BY MERIT? SIUNALI NSILAMU KALE IWE?

  14. Mwama Du says:

    Two wrongs do not make right. APM had a chance to change but refused to listen to wisemen and decided to follow advice from stupid people. IZI ZAKUONEKERANI MWAYAMBA KUDANDAULA NAZO.

  15. Malawi wa Lero says:

    A Kalirani ndi anzawo ndianthu okhumudwitsa kwambiri. Ngati anthu otitsogolera ali ndi maganizo achonchi mu Malawi muno tili pamabvuto kwambiri. Nkhani ya NAC inatenga nthawi yotalika bwanji zisanafike poti a CSO afike ponena zaziwonetsero? Ma representative a Global Fund atabwera kuMalawi suja m’mati sanabwerere nkhani ya Nacgate. Kodi mutanthauza kuti mukafuna kupanga zopusa a Malawi azingokusekererani basi? Ngati nkhani yogulitsa MSB Bank, kutengera nkhani ku Parliament pamene mukudziwa kuti zonse munagwirizana kale. Mukuti Bank siikuyenda bwino chifukwa ngongole zachuluka pamene m’modzi wangongole ndinzanu Mulli – 3.2 Billion kwacha. M’modzi wawogula Bank yo ndikukhala yemweyo. Ma politician akamapitiliza kukhalirana kumbuyo, Malawi sazatukuka. Amene timakhulupirira kuti angatithandize ngati ulendo wa Atupele Muluzi ayitulukira formula, ayamba ukhuluku wa abambo wawo.

  16. nanjinga says:

    I think thE besT Way is these so called CSOs to provide the solution to this mesS how happy r u to see people dyinG bcoz of ur actions

  17. onjoya says:

    these jb funded ngo’s need to be discplined. no any country ever developed because of ngo’s

  18. onjoya says:

    these jb funded ngo’s need to be discplined.

  19. aphiri says:

    No mulhakho next year nyoooo

  20. ngangaube says:

    Which one os this Mr. Whistle blower. You are comtinuing blame shifting. Which Simbereka was ever Executive Director of JB foundation. Whose fooling who here at least we Malawians know the truth now amd we support what the CSOs did which is now seen as truth. The CSOs got vindicated

  21. Whiste Blower says:

    JB Foundation benefitted but Sembeleka didn’t match and as Executive Director he once shared audit money with certain auditors.

    1. Jebison Slindine Nyoni says:

      Most stupid comment. If. JB stole money through JB Foundation then Beautify the First Lady should do the same?? We are tired of stupid thieves like you in Malawi.

  22. zingati zanu says:

    issues to do with aids are just boring. JK said mukubera maliro and who cares about corpses? The best is whAt GF has done. Burry them dead corPses, or let other funeral service Providers like action aid and world vision come in. Zanu ndi zingati

  23. Tunthumbwana tambewa says:

    Ife a CSO tikukana zopusazo, ndalama za nac ku mulakho, umve wati, beautify chani! Zopusa zokhazokha iwo poyamba ma trust awowo amati ndalama zake nti za Nac, mwadya zomwezo. Pano world vision ili mbwalo, mukakatengaso kumeneko tikalembaso wena akalata. Magalimoto over 100 uwonononga mafuta ati peter akupita ku nkhwala zazii, anthu ku ma flood camp akusowa ma condom inu ndalama muwononga.

  24. Chemtukanika says:

    I will also not report to the government when my boss misuses the drus intended to save lifes of my area.We shall handle it internally.Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  25. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Very stupid and dull government with silly leadership. Shame!!!

  26. Future leader says:

    I am happy for Global Fund. Why should resources be abused by Mlalkhos?

  27. truth says:

    manganya akuti chanino.Mbuli yachabechabe.Udindo wakuAFRA uziyamika mpingo osati ndiwe wanzeru.thanthauziraniso zimenezi pa tikufelanji.

  28. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Mbava inu , mwagwanayo . How can you be so stubborn , challenging your own citizens ?

    The government is looking very stupid , a proof that they went into government through back door and their aim was to steal tax payers money only and to get every Tambala as Daniel Phiri did.

    Malawians have opened their eyes now , any stealing you will exposed .

  29. mbani says:

    This is were Kabwira Jessie comes in she didn’t hide words nanga mululilanji

  30. Nyangabira says:

    2 black can not make a white.Grobal imapereka ndalama zambiri ofcause zinapangidwa abuse bt panalibe chifukwa chokalembela kalata kt aimike thandizo lonse lomwe limapindulira anthu odwala.Lero thandizo la ima inu a Cso mupanga nawo anthuwa chiani?Mupindulanji pamene abale anthu akuvutika chifukwa chosowa ma ARV Zipatalamu?

    1. Hoitty says:

      Thandizo silinayime inu. Mudzitsata nkhani. Thandizo lilipo ndipo global fund yalonjeza kupereka thandizo latsopano. Chomwe chasintha ndichoti silidzera mwa thumba lobowoka la NAC. Koma lidzera mabungwe ena okhuluoirika oti Mulakho ndi BEAM sangapite kukawopsyeza

    2. Jozza says:

      Nyangabira. Read again and understand the issue, point is dat the principle receipient is now minstry of heath world visoin and action. Osati GF yasiya kuthandiza ayi kumavetsa guys. Trust is lost in nac just as u and I see it

    3. ... says:

      Ngwa Diphiphi uyu, mbuli imangodytsedwa ziri zonse kkkkk
      World Vision ndi Action Aid iziyendatsa zimenezo osatinso mulakho ndi beautify chani chani.
      Mwagwa nayo. Chaka chino mukatape kwina ndalama mumapangira chisembwere pa umulakho wa alomwe paja.

  31. AMUNAMUNA says:

    What the ministers did is very shameful. This clearly indicates that our govt is not serious with eradicating corruptiod

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