Alliance demand explanation over Beautify Malawi K1bn donation from Covid-19 fund

Some civil society organisations (CSOs)  have sprung up to demand explanation over reports and First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi got K1 billion from the coronavirus special fund.

Alliance’s executive director Moses Mkandawire: They need to tell us how that money would be used and who made the decision to make such a donation

Moses Mkandawire, who is leading the grouping under the banner Anti-Corruption Alliance said the reports are unsettling.

“We want to find out how the government  decided to make the donation to the First Lady’s organization. They need to tell us how that money would be used and who made the decision to make such a donation,” said Mkandawire.

CSOs that make the alliance are Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Youth and Society, Church and Society and the Malawi Law Society.

This comes amid concerns in various social media platforms that members of the cabinet Committee on coronavirus who update people on the disease through media briefings c get K300 000 for each member for each news conference and that so far they have blown up to K1 billion allowances, a claim denied by the government spokesperson Mark Botomani who also sits on the committee.

“It is untrue that the committee is receiving hefty allowances, this is fake news that is being created on social media with the aim to discredit the work of the committee,” said Botomani.

But Mkandawire said there was great need for transparency and accountability on how the coronavirus money is used to avoid abuse.

“We would like to know how much money has come from donors, how much money has been provided from the government coffers because we don’t want the money to be embezzled,” he said.

He also called for strict measures on the procurement process of the coronavirus materials, saying this is where abuse of money occurs.

But Botomani said the government has already put in place the measures to prevent abuse of the money.

He said the coronavirus money has been put in a separate bank account, away from go government’s Account Number One to ensure that the money is not abused.

Minister of Health, Jappie Mhango said K100 billion is needed for the fight against the pandemic.

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john phiri
john phiri
5 months ago

if this true then it is total wrong and miss use of funds. why not donating that money to the ministry

Morrison Makawa
Morrison Makawa
5 months ago

People should not get allowances for doing their job ..meetings should be held in offices meeting rooms not hotels . In the rich countries cost of admin and management are very low the actual project uses 90% of the funds. In malawi 20% is allocated to admin then they start to use or cortuptely procure services and goods with the remaining money

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
5 months ago

Mkandawire your question I will answer you right here on what usage of that money will be : FOR SHUTTING UP YOUR MOUTH and Save Lives.

Madando Tippex
Madando Tippex
5 months ago

Koma kunena zowona Boma iri ndinyasi zokhazokha. Apulezidenti ndi akazi awo mbava, akuluakulu onse a DPP mbava palibe amene sanakhudzidwepo ndinkhani yokuba. Ndiye chifukwa chake sakufuna kuchoka. Dzikoli liri pamavuto aakulu.

Uncertain
Uncertain
5 months ago

No shame.

Cheyo muysta
Cheyo muysta
5 months ago

I am very sure that BEAM has planned activities which require such an amount. It is also very possible that those with activities towards alleviating the COVID-19 negative impact should access the funds. I would not waste time questioning about the funds in the media while I can access the BEAM offices UNLESS there is selective access to funds.

Uncertain
Uncertain
5 months ago
Reply to  Cheyo muysta

Another thief.

King Xerxes
King Xerxes
5 months ago

Thieves

APM Akuthanyulidwa
APM Akuthanyulidwa
5 months ago

Let them eat it. They will die from corona with hefty sums of money in their bank accounts but no equipment to treat them in hospital. The whole PM of the UK has been hospitalized and all you are busy thinking about is eating corona money. Mufa ngati ntchentche !!!

Mali
Mali
5 months ago

There should not be a problem because Beautify Malawi works in the area of HYGIENE and Corona-virus prevention borders on hygiene.

Thyolo Thava Boy
5 months ago

MK1billion for the firstlady eishhhhh these people will never learn

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