Britain won’t resume Malawi aid: Resolve cashgate from 2005 – House of Lords

Malawi’s biggest donor, Britain will not be able to resume aid support  until the  government clamped “firmly down on corruption ” and the cashgate scandal which dates back to 2005 is  independently and properly resolved, Department for International Development  (DfID) spokesperson Baroness Northover in the  House of Lords told peers in Westminster on Thursday .

Lord Steel:  Malawian people have lived under kleptomaniacs

Lord Steel: Malawian people have lived under kleptomaniacs

Peers debated on what the British government can do to support economic and social development in Malawi, led by former First Minister of Scotland Lord McConnell.

Lord McConnell said Malawi has been a “good friend to the UK and to Scotland especially” ever since the days of Dr David Livingstone and his missions in Africa.

He called on the British government to continue to help Malawians “to help themselves”, in the “same spirit” as Dr Livingstone.

But Lord David Steel told House of Lords that Malawi – the former British colony – has been rocked by the plunder of public resources, known as Capital Hill Cashgate scandal – where about K20 million was looted during Joyce Banda’s rule from 2012 to 2014.

He said over USD500 million was stolen over the eight years of the presidency of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

Lord Steel said the Malawian people have lived under kleptomaniacs who have made a mockery of democracy.

He told peers that the current President Professor Peter Mutharika has been lavish and took a delegation of 68 people to the United Nations and stayed at posh and expensive Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

Baroness Lindsay Northover said the British government is not planning to reverse its decision to stop all payment of aid to the impoverished southern African nation, made in November 2013, due to fears over corruption.

“The UK is committed to ensuring that every pound of aid money achieves its intended purpose,” she said.

Malawi, the peers were told, must begin to foster a culture of integrity in public life.

Labour Spokesman Lord Collins joined the debate praising DfID impact on the country which he says has led to Malawi’s economy showing “some signs of improvement”.

“This progress has been achieved through DfID focussing on key priorities of alleviating poverty and inequality through education, health and agriculture and with an emphasis on the equal rights of girls and women,” he said.

Baroness Northover pointed out that Britain continues to provide support to Malawi through other channels and is keen to ensure that the poor do not suffer because of aid cut to government account.

It was learnt that the British government is providing GBP61million this year.

UK government, according to Baroness Northover, is committed to supporting Malawi to implement growth, and political and economic reforms.

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Gongoni
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1- BRITS HOLD YOUR AID BUT GIVE US OUR FROZEN MONERY IN YOUR BANKS DEPOSITED BY KAMUZU. THIS MONEY WAS FROM MALAWI CASHGATED BY KAMUZU BANDA AND AM TOLD ITS A LOT OF MONEY THAT WE WILL NEVER ASK FOR ANY AID AGAIN UNTIL THE REAL LORD JESUS CHRIST COMES AGAIN! 2- TO ALL MALAWIANS, LETS START WORKING HARD, NO COUNTRY IN THE WORLD HAS EVER DEVELOPED BECAUSE OF DONOR AID! ALL MALAWIANS LEAVING IN CITIES START HAVING VEGITABLE GARDENS AT BACK YARDS, IN VILLAGES WITH THE HELP OF ALMIGHTY GOD, LETS WORK HARD IN OUR FIELDS SO THAT EACH… Read more »
Phungu Chinthali
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We don’t need pound for our survival.

ife yathu ndi kwacha

techwiz94
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mabodza your reasoning is very poor..footballers are not paid by the british government, so if you dont know these things then dont comment.

duman
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Kaya zanu izo, muyisova a pitala

Watero Imraan Sadick
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We can’t die

The Binoculars.
Guest

Don’t give them more money to chew again.Let mapolo yafote!

Mbowe Mulambia
Guest

Koma ziliko wakuba aziwika cabinate ya Bingu muliko? you were acusing JB koma zakubwererani as I have been telling you dzikoli muliva kuwawa we have seen all the names cashgetters funy part of it is almost the half of the current cabinate alimo tuone ngamagidwe nawo apo nje aid simuiona

kamps@stephenchavulapoliticalinstitute
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We dont want britain u can pack & go.we dont rely on ur aid, look u withdrew aid when JB ,we are surviving.we shall seek from the lesser devil china or india

dadaboma
Guest

We have lost the help from our good friends – the donors like UK; not because they’re unwilling to help but because we’ve had kleptomaniacs as leaders and the stupid southerners that vote for such leaders. This aid is gone for good, unless Malawians wise up and get rid of DPP and its deadwood. DPP has no capacity to deal with corruption because this party is itself corruption and the mother of cashgate. We have to find ways of getting rid of DPP in Malawi. This party is horribly ill-placed to rule Malawi; it’s bringing too much misery for Malawians.

nick
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Could someone please reassure Lord McConnell that Malawians have indeed “helped themselves” (his words) to Malawian and British taxpayers’ money in Cashgate? He must not worry about that!

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