The National Aids Commission (NAC) has told the Parliamentary Committee on HIV and Nutrition that it did not approve funding for the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) and defended its cash donation to First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust and Mulhako wa Alhomwe.
The commission’s acting executive director, Davie Kalomba, told the committee that NIB) through its director Nicholous Dausi also asked NAC for the funding but was not given.
He said they did not give the money because it did not qualify.
Kalomba down played assertions that Beam Trust and Mulhako wa Alhomwe got oney from NAC to fund activities that have nothing to do with the fight against HIV and Aids.
Meanwhile, the commission informed that the Global Fund has asked NAC to explain why organisations that are not directly involved in the Aids fight recently got funding from the commission.
The Global Fund is the major donor in the fight against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria in the country.
According to Weekend Nation which first revealed on the ‘Nac-Gate’ scandal, NAC board chairperson Mara Kumbweza Banda told the committee that an audit report which led to the suspension of the commission’s executive director, Dr Thomas Bisika, has been released and is currently in the hands of Chief Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa and the Attorney General for possible action
“The suspension period for Dr. Bisika was extended to another month as investigations started late and we were informed that the report was out and with the Attorney General and the Chief Secretary,” Kumbweza Banda said as quoted by the paper.