Save Beam, ma’am, save NAC: Muckraking Extra

I know mea culpas are hard to make but it will not help the First Family’s image to prolong the debate surrounding the K5 million First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi collected from the National Aids Commission for its launch.

First Lady

First Lady

Statements coming from her defenders are just making the issue worse. Take, for example, this ridiculous argument that NAC funds any function that has the potential of bringing huge crowds together. C’mon, good people, if during this Christmas I organise a football match in my village I should deploy a ‘standard’ letter, as the Mother of the Nation taught us, to NAC? Surely a football match attracts huge crowds.

Angoni Getu might have gotten the cash in good faith and for good intentions but the fall out emanating from it is not helping her image and, more importantly, that of her husband.

Already the Global Fund that bankrolls NAC has already started asking questions. If push comes to shove it may be easy for NAC to refund the K5 million to the Fund but this will have far-reaching implications for every budget line from NAC will be subjected to strenuous scrutiny.

So do the right thing, ma’am, your husband’s government is already reeling under daily strikes for people looking for a boost in their pockets. Government can hardly afford the Martha Kwataines of this world toyi-toying in the streets.

You may, of course, lose a little face but the majority of well-meaning people respect individuals who realise and accept they let their guard down on certain decisions.

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Medrian Kaunda
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Do not be surprised if you soon find a Global Fund Mzungu “advisor” in a position to countersign each and every NAC expenditure in the future. That would likely be a reasonable condition for any further release of funds, and a bit of an embarrassment to the Malawi “self-governing” system. But that is not the worst. Such an expatriate, with salary, housing, international school fees for children, vehicle etc. etc., will cost edquivalent of MWK 5 million a month. A month, ladies and gents. And that money will be deducted from the total of the annual grant to Malawi for… Read more »
Puludzu
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Muthu akaba olo abweze katundu amamumanga,nde a Malawi mudziwa chochita

vindere
Guest

This first lady woman looks like Marge wife of Homer in the Simpsons cartoons.Check it out and you’ll agree with me.

Jimbo
Guest

People, especially ‘important’ people, cover their eyes behind dark glasses because they have something to hide. Is the First Lady mimicking Kamuzu Banda, who always wore dark glasses, and he had much to hide. The eyes are reputed to be the windows of the soul. Perhaps the First Lady does not want people to look into her soul.

Mutabaruka
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Magalasi ovala azimayi a cheap .

Mayi a Priscilla
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From the “goggles” she is wearing, one can tell that this woman has a cheap background .

phiri
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but truth be told- bwezani makobile amayi!! the money is chicken feed but the PR damageis incalculble!! but since u r from Balaka- u are just clueless and blind as your as those stupid sunglasses!! Balaka is already known for stupidity and child molestation and rural fashions- you are just confirming the stereotype. Please Amayi- lose those googles and start thinking like a First Lady and not a Balaka night girl.

mtima wa nyani
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NDALAMA KUTAYA ALOMWE ,ACEWA ATUMBUKA ACAWA KUTOLA EYAYE MIGILO MIGOLO,ZINZ ZOGULA MANDALA ZINA ZOGULA MASK KUTSEKA KUKAMWA ANTHU AZAWO TIKUNUMKHA MKHWAPA ETC ,MMMHU

ZAMADALA
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WANA INU MUZITIMVETSA NKHALAMBAFE NDICHONCHO !! NANUNSO MUZAZIONA MUKAZAFIKA CHAMMA OVER 65 YEARS KUTI MTHUPI NDI MMABOMBONO MMAPHWANYA BWANJI ???

Mbanga
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Guys, both Nac and Beam shoulder a certain percentage of blame. I won’t dwell on the problems, I will dwell on solution. The solution is for Beam to refund the money and write an open letter to say that despite the standard fund raising letter that went to many companies, Nac and other sensitive organizations shouldn’t have been targeted. Nac donated simply because the leaders wanted favors. Most companies did not donate because they don’t feel pressurized in any way. So Beam refund and apologise. It will end there.

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