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Malawi Watch

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Watch Executive Director
Malawi Demonstrations

Watch Executive Director
Malawi Broadcasting Corporation

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Billy Banda, the executive director of Malawi Watch, is one of those who argues that the president needs to prove complete non-involvement. He welcomes the initiative of the Cashgate trials, but says that civic groups should be given far more involvement in the investigation. What he demands is that a Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry be appointed to look into the matter - which should then consult widely among civic organisations and representatives of international donors.


NGOs squeezed financially

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Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) and Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda have attributed the dwindling support to civil society organisations to the global economic crisis but also remarks President Bingu wa Mutharika has made on a public podium accusing donors of supporting NGOs' plans to oust him from power.

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Some NGOs like Malawi Carer, Civil Liberties Committee and Women's Lobby are on the brink of closure," Banda said. He said it was important for donors to redouble efforts to ensure NGOs continue to hold government accountable. Congoma chairperson Voice Mhone said NGOs were operating on lean budgets because they were struggling to get resources because donors have scaled down supporting NGOs, especially those working in the area of advocacy. "NGOs in the advocacy field are the most hit because donors have developed cold feet because of statements from government claiming NGOs are fighting the president to take over power which was not true," Mhone said. He said the global financial crisis had also affected donors' level of support to NGOs and this could not be disputed. Mhone said he was worried that when civil society who fails to carry out their advocacy work to provide checks and balances to government could be susceptible to government bribery. "We ask donors and development partners to keep on supporting NGOs so that they survive this period. If they don't support us, Malawians will be the ones to be affected," Mhone said. But Mwakasungula said funding has dwindled in the governance sector of NGOs but he was sure that it was a result of the global financial crisis which has affected a lot of countries with development arms supporting civil society activities in human rights, education and governance. "Yes, NGOs are struggling but I don't believe remarks the president makes can stop donors from supporting us. There are some NGOs who are closing down but others as well who are still surviving because they have taken an innovative and interactive approach to sourcing funds," Mwakasungula said. He disclosed that NGOs in Malawi with support from donors are coming up with a basket fund to coordinate donor funding so that donor funding goes to the right sectors. But presidential spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba said the accusation was premature because it was clear the donors did not have substantiated evidence to indicate which NGOs have closed and how many did not get funding. He said government departments are the ones adversely affected due to the lack of budgetary support following the pull out of Britain and other development partners.


"This is the worst crisis in ...

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"This is the worst crisis in this country," says Malawi Watch Director Billy Banda.


Council for Non-Governmental ...

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Council for Non-Governmental Organisations in Malawi (Congoma) and Malawi Watch executive director Billy Banda have attributed the dwindling support to civil society organisations to the global economic crisis but also remarks President Bingu wa Mutharika has made on a public podium accusing donors of supporting NGOs' plans to oust him from power.

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Banda said in an interview Sunday that Mutharika has bad mouthed civil society at various public meetings and he feared this might have contributed to the reduction in donor funding because donors were afraid. "The president at several occasions accused donors of supporting civil society and opposition to oust him. As a result some of our programmes have been affected adversely. Some NGOs like Malawi Carer, Civil Liberties Committee and Women's Lobby are on the brink of closure," Banda said. He said it was important for donors to redouble efforts to ensure NGOs continue to hold government accountable. Congoma chairperson Voice Mhone said NGOs were operating on lean budgets because they were struggling to get resources because donors have scaled down supporting NGOs, especially those working in the area of advocacy. "NGOs in the advocacy field are the most hit because donors have developed cold feet because of statements from government claiming NGOs are fighting the president to take over power which was not true," Mhone said. He said the global financial crisis had also affected donors' level of support to NGOs and this could not be disputed. Mhone said he was worried that when civil society who fails to carry out their advocacy work to provide checks and balances to government could be susceptible to government bribery. "We ask donors and development partners to keep on supporting NGOs so that they survive this period. If they don't support us, Malawians will be the ones to be affected," Mhone said. But Mwakasungula said funding has dwindled in the governance sector of NGOs but he was sure that it was a result of the global financial crisis which has affected a lot of countries with development arms supporting civil society activities in human rights, education and governance. "Yes, NGOs are struggling but I don't believe remarks the president makes can stop donors from supporting us. There are some NGOs who are closing down but others as well who are still surviving because they have taken an innovative and interactive approach to sourcing funds," Mwakasungula said. He disclosed that NGOs in Malawi with support from donors are coming up with a basket fund to coordinate donor funding so that donor funding goes to the right sectors. But presidential spokesperson Hetherwick Ntaba said the accusation was premature because it was clear the donors did not have substantiated evidence to indicate which NGOs have closed and how many did not get funding. He said government departments are the ones adversely affected due to the lack of budgetary support following the pull out of Britain and other development partners.


Scott Jenkins

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Billy Banda, director of the rights group Malawi Watch, said: "Malawi needs to establish a special tribunal that should speedily try the cases, otherwise it will take years to conclude the cases and donors will justify their withholding of aid."

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