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.
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).