Malawi’s National Aids Commission in a self-destruct mode

editorial opThe National Aids Commission (NAC) recently announced that it is applying for about $574 million from the Global Fund that will be used in the fight against HIV, Tuberculosis and malaria in the next three years.

NAC Acting Executive Director Davie Kalomba, told the media that the application has been made in line with Global Fund’s new funding model which started this year.

“Looking at the overall figure that is available in the next three years focusing on the three diseases, we are talking of $574 million and specifically for HIV and Aids we have about $273 million as money for the next three years,” Kalomba said.

He added that the Commission is developing a concept note on the funding for HIV and TB, which will be submitted to the Global Fund in January.

“Once we submit this concept note to the Global Fund and our next window is towards the end of January next year and then the minimum period it takes it is about seven months to process that application in order for us to access the resources,” Kalomba said.

He therefore said, looking at the process, the money will be ready for use towards the end of next year.

So far, so good.

Our concern, here atthe Nyasa Times, is the fact that while NAC is busy soliciting funds from well-wishers, back here at home it is dispensing funds with abandon to organizations whose missions and objectives have nothing to do with fighting HIV, not to say Tuberculosis or Malaria.

NAC recently disbursed MK57.4 million to Beautify Malawi Trust (Beam) –  a trust established by the first lady; Mulhakho wa Alhomwe – a tribal sect; and the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) – Malawi’s version of the Gestapo.

Last time we checked, all these three institutions had nothing to do with fighting HIV. Beautify Malawi Trust was established to encourage Malawians to work towards making the country cleaner and healthier via increased access to participatory and improved sanitation and sustainable community management of waste and waste facilities.

While we agree that open waste dumps are primary breeding sites for mosquitoes, houseflies, rodents and other vectors of communicable diseases such as fever, diarrhea, cholera, dysentery and malaria; we find it difficult to believe the yarn by presidential Chief Economic Advisor Dr. Collins Magalasi who is vice board chairperson of the trust, and repeated by the First Lady herself that the deal with NAC was done at arm’s length and without duress.

The Mulhakho wa Alhomwe, other than serving as the Sanhedrin of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and organizing annual ‘topless’ parades, has nothing among its objectives hat remotelyresembles fighting HIV.

With respect to the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) everyone knows that of late, and especially under the DPP leadership, it serves merely as an organ that sees to it that “unexplained” fires, when they happen; remain “unexplained”.

Without complicating matters by adding the fact that reports indicate that NAC money was used by the State House to try and bribe journalists when they wined and dined with the president, we want to mince no words in warning the management and directors of NAC that their behavior will put innocent lives at risk.

The men and women who manage the Global Fund are not idiots and believes us, they can connect the dots and graspwhat is happening to the funds that they generously donate to ease the suffering of the HIV infected and affected in Malawi and to fight the scourge.

What we find most worrisome is that when health institutions /personnel approach the government with any sort of budget for interventions, they are told that “donors” support the health sector and hence health is not this government’s priority.

In the recent Budget statement, the Minister of Finance more or less implied that this administration has delegated the health sector‘s needs to donors.

Now if the president’s wife, the president’s tribal grouping  and his spy agency all start dipping their blue fingers in the same kitty funded by donors, we do not know what will become of those affected and infected by HIV.

We do not know what will fuel the fight against new and re-transmissions.

If the president and his cronies are in a self-destruct mode, we urge them to go do their act elsewhere and not engage in this suicide bombing where the sufferers will be those that look to donors.

With respect to NAC, we are aware that its management has of late been under severe undue duress to make funds available to the government and its agencies, hence the suspension of its director among other things.

The way to get that post, we want to advise the acting ED, is by serving professionally and proving your worth. Bootlicking will kill NAC and with NAC’s death the very job you are trying to wrestle at the cost of many innocent lives.

Let sanity reign at NAC.

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ungapake
Guest

Can we also ask PP to give back the vehicles that NAC donated to them???? Malawians are really stupid that just comment just for the sake of it.

Kennedy nali
Guest

The blaim must go to the NAC board memembers for their poor and misusing the fund. The first and above question we should ask is the how is foundation of the first lady did get the idea of imfluencing Nac to give her money? It has been six month or less look at all the scandal what about two years to come? The fact here is both peter and getu are there to milk tax payers money so please peter has resign or empeashed.

Bismarck Sakunda
Guest

Reason is simple,,, NAC Deputy/Vice Board Chair is Collins Magalasi, Presidential Adviser on Economic Issues,,, so??? Which board should we trust!!!!

KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

YES!SELF DISTRUCTIVE MODE.WANTING TO DONATE 100MILLION+3 CARS TO MALOPA AND TEAM

The Patriot
Guest

Mukuwayamba dala azungutu! Akaleka kupereka ndalama muziti akunyada! Kodi Getrude ndi Peter Mutharika mukaganiza bwanji? Nokha simungaone kuti palibe chanzeru kutenga ndalama za NAC KUPANGILA za phada? Ife tikayankhula muziti anthu a Kumpoto ndi woipa???

Gabie Phiri
Guest

Let’s just hope that the Global Fund admin does not hear of all these second-grade (Oh I mean high grade) NacGate Scandals… Malawians, how long shall we learn that all we do behind the poor Malawian in the village will come to the ears and eyes of the public? Let’s learn to be satisfied and less greedy if we are (by God’s grace given higher positions) otherwise MUDZAFA IMFA YOWAWA!!!!

Kenkkk
Guest

They will hear because they read the papers as well, get news online, have a local rep as well, carry their own reviews and some angry malawians reporting to them direct.

So if they give aid to nac, it is not because they are not aware of the misuse of their funds but because they think of the poor malawian dying of aids!! So they will
Not cut aid completely but may demand refund of some of the misused money to be paid back and may attach more conditions on the use of gheir money!!!

Bismarck Sakunda
Guest

Gabie, they already heard and said yesterday that they are considering withholding NAC Global Fund

nzingha
Guest

You embecile there is no such thing as NAC Global Funding. Global Fund buys commodities thru off shore procurement. Not a penny reaches Malawi just commodities. Anzanga plz comment from a place of knowledge or shut up.

KING SOLOMONS WISDOM
Guest

IF AM NOT MISTAKEN, GLOBAL FUND HAS COUNTRY DIRECTOR- MS. ANAKOBE SANDE AS OVERAL BOSS FOR NAC IN MALAWI.I WOULD BE GLAD IF SHE CAN ARRANGE FOR PRESS CONFERENCE AND EXPLAIN HER POSITION AND HER DUTIES.IS SHE AROUND?

Bismarck Sakunda
Guest

King,,, they have already heard and said they are considering withholding NAC Global Funds

nyekhulira
Guest
KALOMBA AND THE ENTIRE NAC YOU HAVE GOOFED BIG TIME. I WAS EXCEEDINGLY ECITED WHEN I HEARD THAT YOU HAVE BEEN APPOINTED ACTING ED BUT NOW I AM BEGINING TI WONDER IF YOU WILL MANAGE TO STEER NAC TO ITS LOST GLORY. JACK UP DAVIE. DON’T FEAR THE UNKNOWN. JUST DO YOUR JOB AND SUCCESS WILL JUGDE YOU RIGHT. AS FOR YOU MBAVA PLEASE LEAVE NAC ALONE. MONEY FOR NAC IS NOT MONEY ANYHOW, IT IS FOR THE POOR AND THE LESS PRIVELEDGED SO HAVE MERCY AND A PINT OF SHAME WHEN YOU STEAL FROM THE POOR. MADAM KANI NANUNSO… Read more »
MVANVARA
Guest

That’s how the peoplez team do

Dalisoul Asamoah Chisale
Guest

Ine sindikuwonapo chanzelu

Kenkkk
Guest

I can’t see how Global Funding will give nac more money when they are already seeking refunds of some of their money and also hearing that you are wasting their money on funding non-aids groups. Furthermore just stick to Aids and don’t spoil donor funding for other diseases such as malaria, cholera, TB, etc.

DPP govt, how cruel can you real get? how can you now turn to ngos who are well donor funded and for your own selfish ends steal the money earmarked to help many poor malawians?

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