First Lady launches BEAM in Mzuzu: Malawi Interfaith Aids Association backs NAC funding

Malawi’s First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Friday launched her Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) in the northern city  Mzuzu where she also joined the residents in sweeping some of the city’s streets.

Mrs Muhtarika greets people in Mzuzu

Mrs Muhtarika greets people in Mzuzu

Sweeping time:  Beam action in Mzuzu as First Lady takes the broom

Sweeping time: Beam action in Mzuzu as First Lady takes the broom

First Lady in Mzuzu

First Lady in Mzuzu

The First Lady also donated wheel refuse bins, rakes, bags of cement and wheel barrows with support from Airtel Malawi and UK Enterprises.

“Beam is your organisation. Everyone must take part in making their respective communities clean. Let us make Mzuzu clean.

“Together we can achieve results in transforming the lives of our girls and women. Together, we can make Malawi beautiful and develop Malawi,” said Mutharika.

Meanwhile, the Malawi Interfaith Aids Association (Miaa) has backed the National Aids Commission (NAC) for disbursing funds to the Trust.

According to the Association, the move demonstrates a sense of responsibility and care as the Commission is mainstreaming HIV and AIDS activities.

NAC also disbursed funds to Mulhako wa Alhonwe.

However, the move attracted massive condemnation from civil society and some section of the public arguing that three organisations have nothing to do with fighting HIV and AIDS in their activities.

Some civil society including the Malawi Health Equity Network and Centre for Development of People (Cedep) asked the beneficiaries to return the money to NAC forthwith or they will stage a nationwide demonstration.

But Miaa has backed the move arguing that there is no institution in the country that does not deserve funding from NAC.

“There is no public institution that is not affected by HIV and therefore they have a right to mainstream HIV and AIDs activities,” said Robert Ngaiyaye, Miaa Executive Director.

According to him, any place that brings people together can be a source of HIV transmission.

“If you look at the activities that took place at the Mulhako, you will find that it is necessary to mainstream HIV and AIDs activities,” said Ngaiyaye in response to claims that BEAM and Mulhako are not strategically placed anywhere in the national response to justify use of such huge sums of money.

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Vuso
Guest

Don’t say MIAA has backed NAC, say Ngaiyaye has backed Bisika. MIAA imati ikawononga ndalama za NAC they are forgiven by Bisika. They even paid themselves huge salaries not approved by NAC koma Bisika supported his friend

Phungwako
Guest

this is lazy journalism. Why are are you linking the two stories together. Launch is Mzuzu and NAC are not related…. and please how lazy are you that you cant even capitalize MIAA its an acronym…. ENG

Mzomera
Guest

Selfish lady not befitting the office. Better Callista was better off.

Zolozolo guy
Guest

Azipita azikasesa pakhomo pa amuna ake.We don’t need any sweeping tutorials from a thieving first lady.Leave us alone in Mzuzu than watching an old woman with brooms all the way from Lilongwe.She has so much time to waste.

happy
Guest

“If you look at things that happen at Mulhako wa Alomwe……..”
Abolish Mulhako wa Alomwe if it is a danger for Malawian people other than diverting funds to some culture groups that there existence will not have any effect on the people of Malawi but but help the spread of the disease. This is just common sense please.

chatonda
Guest

She can launch in all parts of the country but she dos not deserve NAC funding in any way. NAC funds are for arvS AND NOT BUYING SOFT DRINKS DURING HAPPY EVENTS.

BABA
Guest

NAC money should be returned at all cost whether one likes it or not. Apo bii.. ka demo kayenda.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
Guest

NGAIYAYE AND BAMUSI PLEASE DO NOT CONFUSE MALAWIANS, THAT STYLE OF ABUSING FUNDS MEANT FOR SICK PEOPLE IS UNACCEPTABLE IN THE WORLD, THIS SHOWS THAT YOU AND OTHERS TOOK SHARES FOR YOUR DOMESTIC ISSUES. CONFORNT MALAWIANS PLEASE.

TAKE CARE GOD IS WATCHING YOU —– PASALA PAN’GONO A YESU KUTI AWERUZE ZITHU NGATI IZI.

chatty man
Guest

Za zii kusowa chochita.

Jamie
Guest

Koma atumbuka sizingakupiteni osalemba comment. Kkkk! Munthu wosatheka

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