Malawi Churches in unholy spotlight: K6m cashgate of Norwegian Church Aid

Malawi Council of Churches (MCC),  a coalition of 25 church groups, has found itself in unholy spotlight with reports of K6 million ($11 009.17) looting resulting to the dismissal of its general secretary the Reverend Dr. Osborne Joda Mbewe and project manager Godfrey Mkandawire following a number of the forensic audit queries.

Rev Joda Mbewe: Fired over K6 million fraud scam
Rev Joda Mbewe: Fired over K6 million fraud scam

Bishop Gilford Matonga, an MCC board member was chosen to replace Mbewe and is doubling as acting general secretary.

According to a report  by The Nation newspaper on October 27, 2015, Mbewe and Mkandawire were fired in July this year on account of “financial irregularities” at MCC after a forensic audit, instituted by the Norwegian Church Aid , a major donor for some of the MCC projects.

Matonga said MCC is now into its recovery and healing processes and is determined to win back the trust and confidence of the donors,

“As MCC, we have fully owned up to all our blunders and we have been effecting corrective measures,” said Bishop Matonga is quoted as saying.

However, the paper reported that Mbewe has taken MCC to the Industrial Relations Court (IRC), for being “ unfairly dismissed.”

He told the publication that the issue of inter-banking and inter-borrowing of the donor funds was “deliberately blown out of proportion,” or misunderstood, because the systems were flexible, since the funds were used on related work financed by the same donor, NCA.

Mbewe feels his explanations to the forensic audit queries appeared to have been ignored, “to fulfill an agenda to dismiss me”.

Norwegian Church Aid country representative Stein Villumstad demanded that the mismanaged funds be refunded MCC and withdrew its aid.

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MCHEMO
MCHEMO
5 years ago

THIS IS MALAWI AT ITS BEST POVERTY FIGHT

Madalitso Mwembe
Madalitso Mwembe
5 years ago

The root cause is the stupid Norwegians who over and over again throw their money at Malawi without any follow up mechanism. Fools, Norwegians. This is not the first time the Norwegians have acted as utterly irresponsible doners, causing more harm than good and teaching us Malawians only to become more entrenched beggers. Thanks for nothing.

Jem
Jem
5 years ago

If god is all powerful and created the universe from nothing, why does he need money to accomplish his projects and good will?

gwenyenthe
gwenyenthe
5 years ago

The other thief who is a Man of God is the fat man Ngaiyaye of Malawi Interfaith MIA who is greedy and misuses ndalama mmene akufunila ndi mdzukulu wake mwana wa alongo ake a ku kamuzu central haspital Don Chinkhata Whayo. Amuika pa ubwana woyanganila chuma cha bungwe kuti adzibera limodzi. YOU are abusing your officers yet ukuba ndalama ndi mdzukulu wakoyo. Nanga za OXFAM ubweza liti? Nkhani yako yafika patali ufa ndi BP uwona. Iwe kunenepa konseko osadzimvera chisoni iyayi. Mxiii. Umaperzeka ku filudi umakataniko iwe executive director. Ndiwenso nzake wa BISIKa nad O Joda omwewo iweyo. Robert Ngaiyaye… Read more »

Nkhaoneko Vinyakhe
Nkhaoneko Vinyakhe
5 years ago

I am told this is not the first time for Mbewe to chew what does not belong to him. The same happened when he was working for World Vision

Nelson Mwakasungula
Nelson Mwakasungula
5 years ago

Do as i say not as i do.

advisory committee
advisory committee
5 years ago

Cant get the story chachitika ndichani kodi wadya ndalama ndani?

Mtima Kuwawa
Mtima Kuwawa
5 years ago

People let us leave with what we have. In due course God will visit us after being good stewards!????????????

goat
goat
5 years ago

Komanso abale……… koma zinthu zikudula abale no wonder mchitidwewu ukhala ukupitililabe.

Mashamase
Mashamase
5 years ago

Azibusanso cash gate

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