First Lady refuses to refund NAC money: CSOs can go ahead with demo

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika  will not return the money her organisation Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust took from National Aids Commission (NAC) as demanded by civil society organisations (CSOs) in the country, challenging they can go ahead to hold national demonstrations.

Madam Mutharika: Won't refund money

Madam Mutharika: Won’t refund money

The President’s spouse personally wrote a letter to NAC alongside, National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) and Mulhako wa Alomwe asking for funds that had nothing to do with Aids activities.

Mutharika asked for K5 million for her Beam Trust, NIB asked for K43 million while Mulhako wa Alomwe was given K9 million.

The development angered CSOs who gave the First Lady a seven-day ultmultum to return the money or face mass protests.

But the First Lady has challenged the CSOs to go ahead with the demonstrations and she remains adamant that money will not be returned.

BEAM’s board member Mavuto Bamusi said the CSOs threats of demonstrations are empty and meaningless, claiming they are politically inspired.

“The demonstrations are just meaningless. Nethertheless, they can go on with the demonstration but as far as BEAM is concerned, no money will be returned to NAC,” said Bamusi.

Bamusi advised the CSOs to query NAC on how it paid the money to Mutharika’s Trust.

One of the CSO leaders, Martha Kwataine, said the First Lady knew exactly what she was doing when she asked for the funds.

Said Kwataine: “If she [Mutharika] thinks the lives of Malawians can be put on hold simply because she wants to promote her trust, then she should think again. We have given her seven days from today, inclusive of Sundays, and if she fails, she will have swallowed a bitter pill. If there is money that should never be tampered with, it is NAC money because Malawi does not contribute a single tambala to NAC.”

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo said the “First Lady should know that NAC has its window where it calls for proposals from institutions and organisations in the HIV and Aids response and not to solicit funds for unrelated activities in the manner that was applied in this case.”

Bamusi said the CSOs leaders are “jealousy” with Mutharika’s Trust.

Minister of Information, Kondwani Nankhumwa, has stressed that government cannot refund money which was taken by independent bodies such as Mulhakho Wa Alhomwe and Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam).

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VYOTO
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BAMUSI IS JUST COMPOUNDING THE PROBLEM, SIGNS THAT HE HAS BECOME IRRELEVANT THESE DAYS!

James Phiri
Guest

This all stems from the conflict of interest in a First Lady setting up an organization that duplicates the work of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs). A CSO is meant to be independent of government but how can the First Lady be independent of the husband’s government? We should ask the First Lady to focus on being a wonderful wife to her new husband and close down her trust.

Phiri
Guest

Mai Muntharika are you sure you want to put the lives Malawians at stake because of greed? You could have done better if you explained to us how beautifying Malawi will use the money in relation with HIV/AIDS,( of which doubt) greed!!! Shame on you!

Anabanda
Guest

How can this ugly woman spit venom on angry Malawians with her sasamba friend Bamusi like that?You are in for it Getrude.You will never sleep a wink until that money meant for buying Arvs is returned.Who cares for the masache za Beam ndi archaic tribal grouping of the Mlakho wa Mlomwe?Mayi inu mwaputa Amalawi and you doesn’t even qualify to be the first lady.Tamangophikani Ku makhitchini aku statehouse.Musatitopetsepo apa ndi u first lady opanda nawo mutu uwo.uzibweza ndalama zimenezi otherwise uwadziwa amalawi.Masitalaka ali mbwe mbwe akubwera mnjiramu.We r very furious with this ugly woman.

chatonda
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What a response from the First Lady? Are you sure the response is from her office and she had all the audacity to tell Bamusi to come up with that kind of a stupid response?. I really doubt and if she did , then we are in trouble. Malawi will never change or else no first lady or gentleman should be allowed to form any trust in this country because the end results have been very frustrating to Malawians. Now since she has accepted demonstrations, just tell us the date and venues to meet so that she knows that we… Read more »
Aninto
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Abweze ndalama zimenezi

Odala Tili Odala
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Stupit

bless
Guest

Musabweze. Muope ndani

Msowoya
Guest

First Lady ,to my foot .

m'dzakupepe
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Nanuso mai musatichititse manyazi ife anthu aku BLK mwava .Kodi ma demo…. Aku Lilongwe tikakumane pati coz nde tikuona kuchedwa

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