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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :