Massive resignations at Malawi AIDS Commission: APM appoints new NAC board

National AIDS Commission (NAC), an institution entrusted with the responsibility of leading and coordinating the fight against HIV and AIDS has been rocked with massive resignations in the last few months, Nyasa Times has estblished.

NAC acting ED, Davie Kalomba and Kumbweza Banda.- Photo by Owen Nyaka.

NAC acting ED, Davie Kalomba and replaced boad chair Kumbweza Banda.- Photo by Owen Nyaka.

According records in Nyasa Times possession the following people have resigned from NAC with their corresponding date of resignation:

Tamani Tandaude, Grants Officer (21 May 2015), Dr Thomas Salimu, HIV/AIDS Policy Officer (8 May 2015), Maria Mkandawire, Social Mobilization Officer (4 May 2015), Joseph Kumwenda, Acting Head of Finance (27 April 2015), Medson Chitsulo, Accounts Assistant (12 February 2015), Ashington Masi, Grants Officer (23 January 2015), Polycarp Chigwenembe, Internal Audit Supervisor (14 November 2014), and Lawrence Ali, Internal Auditor (11 November 2014).

Meanwhile, President Peter Mutharika, , has appointed a new Board of Commissioners for the National AIDS Commission (NAC) which is only comprised of men and no woman – gender insesitive.

Paramount Chief Kyungu is the new Chairman of the Board replacing Ms Mara Kumbweza Banda who concluded her term with a controversial K5 million grant to Beautify Malawi of First Lady Gertrude Mutharika and unjustified suspension of the Executive Director.

The other new Commissioners are: Dr. Albert Mkumbwa representing the Private Sector; Bishop Ephraim Disi Mbewe representing Networks and organizations of People Living with HIV; Traditional Authority Ngongoliwa is representing Traditional Leaders; Mr. Chimwemwe representing Young People; Reverend Reynold M’mangisa representing the Faith Community; and Mr. Andrew Kaponya is representing research institutions and the academia.

The Board includes ex-officio members who represent the Public Sector as follows: Secretary to the Treasury; Secretary for Health; Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development; and Secretary for Nutrition, HIV and AIDS.

National AIDS Commission has lost its Principal Recipient status for all Global Fund HIV resources to World Vision and Action Aid while at the same time its parent Ministry, Department of Nutrition and HIV/AIDS has been swallowed by Ministry of Health.

At the same time all senior positions at NAC are being held on an acting position. The new Board has a responsibility to ensure that NAC regains its lost glory.

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I am personally mailing this correspondence to the new NAC board members, they need to understand the low level leadership currently leading that institution. Look at this foolishness, clearly the most of the commentators NAC employees themselves. Do they not have a cleaner process that allows employees to air out their grievances instead of this open display of mediocrity ili apayi?

jovelyn kasondo

impossible , linje z cheating you, though those two men are traitors they wont get those posts, mark my words i know wat am saying. Dont fool pple and discredit NAC it helps us partners in national response. If those two boys get those posts at NAC i will call you to my office coz ian know you bliv it or not. i cant reveal ur identity here, however becareful with linje he will confuse you


Ku NAC pano kuli anthu a Bright “Obrien” Malopa. These are Francis Thawani and Owen Banda. The former has been earmarked for Head of Behaviour change job vacated by Dr Linje Manyozo while Owen Banda will be DOFA after those who were interviewed have been left in the cold. Mark my words


we Kalomba ,tiwele kuzokuona kwamene uko.Mchinji oyeeeeeeeeeeee!


They have to go no mercy they ve destroyed the organisation I think all of them r rich now

Zibwana eti
My fellow Malawians, The situation described here constitutes “massive resignations” of the amargeddon magnitude. Thinking this is a small issue means “chibwana cha mchombo lende” of the highest order. We don’t care who wrote this article but if this is true then NAC needs to revisit its staff policy and come up with ways to address this. I hope the HR people have seen this and they are not the ones commenting like children here. Even if these were messengers and cleaners, we should be worried. Ndiponso we want chithunzi cha new Board Chair osati akale. Her time is over,… Read more »

I think Jovyln Kasondo talks too much and lacks discipline. If she is working there, she should also resign. Ndi oyaluka, kulalata chonchi? Silence is golden muzikatukwanizirana ku ma bottle store if tiwelenge nkhanizi mwantendere.

jovelyn kasondo

akutuma eti komatu sakulipila alibe ndalama wakuba nzakoyo


Peter’s works of his hands have destroyed the once vibrant ommission. With Nepotism and lack of proffessionalism this NAC thing will get to extinction one day. Global fund is more than justified to stop funding it. You cannot progress well in your presidency when you divert money meant for the sick and you throw a party for you and your stupid and blind followers. Shameless he goat.


Zikuoneka kuti ma comment alipowa ndi offices politics ndiye ife sisatikhudze koma Ma ARV adzipezeka ndiye tikufuna ife


Iwe Jovelyn Kasondo aka Rachel Silungwe aka HOA, tawona pano wayamba kumutukana Dr Andrina Mwansambo zanko medical doctor iwe pamene uli kalaliki wamba ochita approve ma leave a anthu. Chita manyazi ndithu. Please resign now or face mass protest from the rest of us. Andrina samayambana ndi munthu.

jovelyn kasondo

unfortunately am not rachel silungwe leave her alone bliv me or not. Ur beneficiary wa zimene linje amaba unfortunately now he is bankrupt akukanika kugula ma window a nyumba ya ndalama zakuba ku NAC ija so he wont give u any money. Mwandilira anthu akuba inu

jovelyn kasondo

death sentence ayi akwiba amenewa shld be thrown inu jail aba kwambiri


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