CMD challenges Malawi parties to reveal their donors

Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CDM) Executive Director  Kizito Tenthani  has said  political parties contesting in the May 21 Tripartite Elections have a Political Parties Act obligation to disclose publicly the sources of their private funding for the campaign.

Tenthani: Parties have a duty to reveal their donors

Tenthani said this in Mzuzu on Friday during the  launch  of the voter education by Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) held at Katoto Secondary School in Mzuzu on Friday.

He said as parties are quick to scramble for votes, information on those  funding the campaign would reveal what financial sources political parties are more likely to be responsive to. It would help the public and media to root out cases of undue influence by donors.

“The law does not want parties to benefit from proceeds of crime,” said Tenthani.

Among other areas, the  Political Parties Law also  requires  political parties to declare  funding to their parties  larger than K 1 million from individuals  in order to deter politicians from siphoning money from public coffers.

Some political parties including Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM, have already expressed their readiness to disclose how their parties are being financed, although none has yet declared.

Tenthani also said  it has come to light that politicians who have set up football bonanza’s in their  areas now risk infringing on the Political Parties Act if they utilize the sports events to to coerce people to vote for them .

Although It has been a trend in Malawi for politicians to set up football, netball and other sports bonanza’s just before or during campaigns as a way of securing votes from young people from Malawi’s slums and rural areas,  Tenthani explained that this year, the dynamics of campaigning have been changed by the new Law which prohibits  politicians  from using any ‘handouts’ or donations of cash or materials  to lure voters.

Said Tenthani:“If you ask people to vote for you when awarding prizes at your football bonanza, you can be at risk of breaking this Law. It will all depend on the situation  but you will be taken to task and the courts will help us to determine whether you are in the wrong or not.”

Tenthani, however, added that candidates in this year’s Elections can  freely give goods  other than party  campaign items to their constituents only if the goods will be utilized by the public and if the politicians do not actually ask beneficiaries of the goods to vote for them.

In his remarks Chairperson of  MEC’s Media and Civic Education Committee Commissioner Dr Mastern Moffat Banda called for issue-based campaigns and asked voters to attend political rallies of all parties  to hear the manifestos in order to make informed choices.

“ As registered voters, be attending rallies of all political parties to be able to distinguish  between their plans and choose the  good leaders. As citizens you have the responsibility to ensure that we hold a peaceful election, do not allow  any politicians to use you to start violence or to disturb other people’s rallies or to destroy their campaign materials,.

“21 May is the day , your main role is to go and cast your vote we are voting, please do not fail to go and cast your vote,  make sure you go home and wait for the results from your homes. Policing centres are to places to loitering,  ” Banda said.

This year’s campaign is proving to be a campaign unusual as politicians  battle it out to win the hearts of voters without crossing the boundaries of the Political Parties Law which not only bans  a long-standing tradition  of giving handouts but also regulates how parties operate and source their finances.


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4 years ago

If UTM declares that a certain company funds it that company will b closed by MRA for non remittance of tax

4 years ago

DPP is funded through CASHGATE, what about the other parties?

4 years ago

UDF is funded by DPP so what?

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
4 years ago

Its funny zimacitika kwatu kunozi. Too many decorations. Handouts ndi ma ma doctors ,phd,professaz, awards from the mars Kukutila mipando ,ma steps etc Party colours, yet ati ndife osauka. Timacita manyazi yet anthu akunyerabe ku kachile kali apa apa pa city centre apa pa 3 ways from reserve bank to gemini house pa. Mma office ma toilet ochoka madzi kulibe. Nde nthawi ino ya maungu ,mtedza. And 1.200 flood victims using 3 zimbudzi. Ma porsh showbiz cars timaona mma rallies. Whats this guys. And we still clapping hands for many pot bellied silly old cows with packs and packs full… Read more »

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

U Dr masiku ano wangosanduka china chake chongoseweretsa. Please ask these people who are claiming to be docs to show proof. Some of these people do not deserve this title at all. Malawi is fast becoming a laughing stock of the international community with fake doctorates. Whatever you do simudzafikapo pa genuine Ngwazi Dr. Kamuzu Banda.

Elikana mmbaya
4 years ago

They are doctors on/by papers (theories ) not practical docs —that’s why everything is below standards in malawi

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