Aid suspsension in Malawi confusing

There are some other things that when you hear you can’t afford to remain quite because it is worth speaking especially when it is affecting people directly.

The news that developmental partners have withheld their funds due to the cashgate scandal is something that everyone especially the ordinary Malawians should be worried.

What the donors have done is so confusing because we have seen that the government has already taken steps in ensuring that all culprits are brought to justice.

If it was that nothing has been or being done by the government’s side then it would have been a different story.

President Banda has taken decisive steps to root out corruption

There is nothing that the government would have done apart from instituting investigations as well as arresting those involved in such mulpractice.

The donors must know that it is not the President or those who were involved in the scandal are to suffer but ordinary Malawians.

If we can go by reports emanating from the investigations, the looting of public funds was there before even the time of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but the president (late Bingu wa Mutharika) then, had no plight of Malawians at heart – he didn’t want to institute investigations.

Now, here comes a government that after suspecting the foul play put things on a limelight – beginning a road towards corrupt free country. But the donors instead of commending the government and offer more support they are pulling out their aid.

Now the question is: what do the pulling of the aid really mean? Are the donors not happy with the government’s stand of exposing corruption in civil service? What is it that they want to achieve by their decision?

The donors would be the first to commend Dr Joyce Banda’s government for trying her level best in fighting corruption as well as not shielding anything in the arrests.

We have seen the so called “big fish” being arrested and interrogated on the same. Isn’t this something that every Malawian including donors be proud of?

It is also very sad for other people especially from the opposition side celebrating this news and taking it as a campaign tool.

The opposition and other stakeholders should play a critical role in pleading with the donors to change their stance because it is not only the government that will suffer but even people whom they want to give them votes come 2014.

President Banda has  demonstrated strong political will and personal commitment not just to fix Ifmis, but also to stamp out fraud and corruption in government once and for all.

She has demonstrated her toughness as the captain of a ship in stormy waters, setting aside political considerations to launch the most sweeping fight against fraud and re-organisation of Capital Hill in the country’s history, a legacy that — if well nursed —should put her among the greatest leaders of all time.

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