Malawi failure to qualify for second MCC compact linked to poor governance, corruption – Newspaper

An influential daily newspaper has said Malawi’s failure to qualify for the second compact of the United States of America (USA) government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) is a “lost opportunity” for the country.

President Peter Mutharika: Governance and corruption concerns

Malawi’s eligibility for another compact rested on satisfying a set of 20 indicators in a scorecard, paramount of which was fighting corruption.

But poor governance and failure to tame corruption have cost Malawi eligibility for the second compact.

The Nation newspaper on Friday bemoaned  the missing out of  MCC second compact, saying it is a lost opportunity because through MCC and the local implementing unit, the US Government has provided a $351 million (K257 billion) grant that is set to improve  the power generation and transmission infrastructure and will come to an end in September 2018.

In its editorial comment, the paper said failure for Malawi to qualify is also an indicator of poor governance and lukewarm fight against corruption.

The paper’s editorial said: “We do not think MCC demands too much, if anything, the targets on the scorecard are basics. Countries should embrace democratic governance, and holistically fight corruption. It should not be about pleasing anyone, as it were.”

It went on: “Qualifying for the second compact could have freed resources that the country will now be investing in areas the new compact could have covered, Worse still, the country  now risks borrowing, in essence, mortgaging the country for future generations, to cover up the costs.”

However, the US Embassy public affairs officer Edward J. Monster said the country should demonstrate “a strong commitment to combating corruption” in order to  have a chance for the new compact.

Said Monster: “Looking forward, it will be important for the Government of Malawi to show a strong commitment to combating corruption, especially given the trajectory on the Control of Corruption indicator in recent years.”

He said the selection for a second compact is not automatic and that they are competitive and subject to greater scrutiny for eligibility.

He said: “When considering a second compact, MCC’s Board of Directors looks for successful implementation of the first compact; a commitment to sector reforms; and continued improvement on MCC’s scorecard, especially on issues of Democratic Rights and Control of Corruption.”

Monster said the country could still be considered in the future if it continues to pass MCC scorecard.

The paper said MCC decision should provide “food for thought” for Malawi government and call for an “honest review” of the shortfalls.

Government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who is also Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said they would study carefully the benchmarks to qualify for another compact and work on improving them “so that we qualify for the next compact.”

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shithole country
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does it mean on our own we can not fight corruption? are we that heartless that we can only fight corruption just to win donor support? if yes then we are a shithole 100% !

ndele
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Nde k74 billion ya ma project ena ndi ena simwaona akulimitsa miseu azimai ana ali kumbuyo mmayo health and their rights dissapeared. zalowa mmatumba.MASAF KODI. Koma nde yees kulemeladi aliyese kunenepa, tizimandikila ma stroke heart attack. timva. nde ma ploject mungotulutsa kuti mupeze ndlama za kampeeni. mufuseni hule lili ku US li. too much shit. pena trump samanama. wamisala anaona nkhondo. inde watinyozadi koma monga sitikuonapo kuti timakumba dzenje lonyelamo???????????????????? tiganizepo

gogodasi
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The President knew about his loss before it was made public that’s why he pushed for the purchase of gen sets. Interestingly, his brother failed to convince the American, but another thief, self-exiled JB passed the test. The current MCC came during JB’s regime.

Alice
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Ndiwedi Gogodasi. Wangodana naye JB. Ndi mai wathu tisiyire ndipo izi sizikumukhuza. Shame on you. Muzipemphera a Malawi osamangonyoza anthu osalakwa. Development first, Politics last, muzaona ubwino.

henz
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what a loss. big shame on us.

Ass hole shit Trump
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Why would anybody give Malawi money when corruption is rampant as in the Agrico deal where Magalasi and company have made billions

Mzanga Dausi
Guest

True, untill Chaponda is sent to Maula there will be no aid for Malawi.

Njokaluzi
Guest

We will qualify again when the DPP is out of power. The DPP’s appetite for money is too much that even money for the pro poor projects is stolen to fund party and personal activities.

Tenzi Mzungu
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Abale paliponse corruption

ndele
Guest

ansamba awa . kale lija amaoneka conci?/ atibela kokwanila atikwana awa. basi kapumeni siilani ena ayeseko. munabwera kucoka ku ameleka muli mbuu

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