An ‘Order of God’ that lied to Malawians

For Brother Aidan Clohessy and the St John of God Order in Malawi, it does not rain—it pours.

Brother Aidan Clohessy

Not more than a fortnight ago, Nyasa Times in collaboration with the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM) and Mail on Sunday (MoS) of Ireland reported of Misean Cara, a charity that has supported St John of God order in Malawi, suspending  aid to St John of God of  over €2 million (about K1 200 000 000.00), over “allegations of abuse against a former school principal and member of the order”—Brother Aidan Clohessy.

And, on Monday, Nyasa Times, through a report of investigative journalist Micheal O’Farrel, learnt that Brother Aidan had actually lied to get funding from Germany.

It is said that the funding that Aidan received from Germany, provided by more than 300 000 citizen donors, the EU and other stakeholders is questionable.

And one of these organizations is Kindernothilife (KNH).

Collins Mtika, of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Malawi (CIJM)  said it is crucial that Malawian receivers of foreign aid should be thoroughly analysed.

Said Mtika: “They have done us more bad than good in all morals of society. As a country, and a sovereign state, we should do better. We should not be taken as puppets.”

Mtika, a former investigative journalist for Nyasa Times has also contributed to trainings of investigative reporters in Malawi among them Serah Makondetsa, Enelless Nyale, Bobby Kabango, Rex Chikoko, Lameck Masina, Tamanda Matebule and Josephine Chinele.

The two were at Amabhughane for Centre of Investigative Journalism and in Botswana respectively.

KNH is one of Germany’s most prominent NGOs with an annual budget of €56m provided by more than 300,000 citizen donors, the EU and Germany’s government.

Since 2007, when Brother Aidan first signed a contract with KNH, it has provided over €1.3m to support SJOG’s child-focused programmes in Malawi.

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Mtika is now an expert kkkkk Nkhuku yachabe chabe. He appears like he has a personal problem against the brother in this story. Pakufunika another investigative journalist should investigate this Mtika fella. His ethical practice is questionable


The reporter who wrote this story needs to go back to the school of journalism. The story is unclear


Nkhaniyi hayimveka ata. Ntokuuzani


What a shithole article!


The reporter who is want to bring down For Brother Aidan Clohessy, how I wish you were near me I could slap you right on your face. DO YOU KNOW HOW GENEROUS For Brother Aidan Clohessy IS? GO BACK TO YOUR COUNTER FOREIGN JOURNALIST WHOM YOU ARE DOING THIS TOGETHER. KUNO NDI KUMBALI NDI LEMBA MU CHICHEWA. KODI For Brother Aidan Clohessy ANAKUDYERA CHANI????


Collins Mtika specialises in sensationalism. His stories lack journalistic etiquette. What type of journalists has he trained?

Ernest Kazolo

You are right Mkanda, this is totally poor reporting, the guy must go back to school and learn more.


Collins Mtika,

Here you are playing journalism of your belly and pockets. This story is a personal vendetta thing…It want take you anywhere. There is no concrete evidence on the ground either on misappropriation or child abuse. You will talk about it, write about it as St. John Of God keeps growing.


Cursed is the journalist who wrote this article. Malawi Malawi Malawi what type of people are we? Who do you want to shame here? God ? It would have been better if you were not born. Repent you journalist

The Patriot

Friend you need to go back and rework on the story. You are doing yourself and your tabloid injustice. There are proper avenues where you can market your investigative journalism skills rather than messing up your story.

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