Parliament sends back influential NGO Action Aid:  Parliamentary committee meet flops

A parliamentary committee on Tuesday sent back officials from the powerful and influential international NGO, Action Aid because the country director Martha Khonjefailed to show up for the grilling meeting.

ActionAid Country Director, Martha Khonje: Did not turn up
ActionAid Country Director, Martha Khonje: Did not turn up

Chairman of the HIV, AIDS and Nutrition Gumba Banda said his committee wanted to find out from ActionAid how the international non governmental organisation was using the Global Fund which was taken away from National AIDS Commission due to mismanagement.

“We indeed sent the whole delegation back because our standing orders do not allow committees to meet government ministries, departments or organisations without their heads,” he said.

Gumba Banda said ActionAid was supposed to write parliament in advance informing the committee that the country director would not be available.

Officials from ActionAid said the country director was feeling unwell.

The US took away the Global Fund from the National AIDS Commission after NAC controversally funded First Lady Gertrude Mutharika’s Beautify Malawi, Mulhako wa Alhomwe and state spies National Intelligence Bureau.

The Global Fund administrators then appointed Actionaid and World Vision to run the fund in Malawi. The fund deals in TB and HIV and AIDS.

The recipients that were successful after rigorous scrutiny INCLUDED  Christian Aid (K297 518 556), Dream (K87 170 210), Episcopal Conference of Malawi(K139 824 362), Family Planning Association of Malawi (K90 567 290), Malawi Aids Network (K112 191 290), Project Hope (K154 595 472) and Southern Africa Trust (K135 355 084).


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James Phiri
James Phiri
5 years ago

The Global Fund is not run by the US – it is a Global Fund set up by the UN to fund the response to TB, HIV/AIDS and malaria. Global Fund measures the performance of those managing the fund. The Country Coordination Mechanism (CCM) is a country level board that represents government, civil society, donors, UN and private sector is also part of the accountability system to ensure funds are well managed and the response to these three major diseases is progressing in accordance to plans submiited to Global Fund when the funds were originally submitted. The CCM and government… Read more »

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