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Executive Director

Malawi Watch

Employment History

  • Head
    Malawi Watch
  • Watch Executive Director
    Malawi Housing Corporation
  • Watch Executive Director
    Malawi Broadcasting Corporation
  • Watch Executive Director
    Malawi Distilleries Limited
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But, Billy Banda, executive ..., 7 April 2012 [cached]
But, Billy Banda, executive director of Malawi Watch, said the commission of inquiry should take the form of a truth and reconciliation commission, where those involved in the so-called "constitutional coup d'├ętat" will apologize for their role and be forgiven.
Listen: Butty interview with Billy Banda of Malawi Watch
The proposed bill denies workers their ..., 9 Dec 2010 [cached]
The proposed bill denies workers their rights, says Billy Banda, the executive director of the human rights organization, Malawi Watch. Banda has urged Malawian president Bingu wa Mutharika to speak up, saying he's the only one who can put the issue to rest:
The decision to cancel the summit ... [cached]
The decision to cancel the summit is both a gain and a loss for Malawi, said Billy Banda, the head of the human rights organization Malawi Watch.
"Malawi as a country, it has made a decision because it wanted to show collective responsibility with the cooperating -- international world on the issue of Bashir," said Banda.
NGOs squeezed financially, 30 Nov 1999 [cached]
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.
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 ..., 12 Feb 2011 [cached]
"This is the worst crisis in this country," says Malawi Watch Director Billy Banda.
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