Malawi: The Episcopal Conference of Malawi – Statement of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) – A Call for Relentless Fight Against Corruption (19.01.2022)

Malawi: Zuneth Sattar, the man, the myth and the legend!

The Sattar Papers leaks are revealing, not only is ministers possibly implicated and also other big-men, appointees and ministry busy trying to hide the dirty laundry from plain-sight. However, what is striking is the deafening lack of noise. It is like it doesn’t matter from the Tonse Alliance and neither is the opposition DPP active. Everyone is silent and letting procedure follow through.

The President and Vice-President isn’t saying much, if anything. Neither is anyone for that matter in the cabinet. The former President and party affiliates isn’t coming out with statements either. It is like Sattar has imposed himself and captured the political elite, in such a manner. That the Malawian politicians and ruling elite cannot talk.

The most ironic thing here is that these men and fellow representatives is usually the most talkative of them all. They can talk for hours and hold long speeches. Nevertheless, on the Sattar Papers leaks… they are silent as a grave and even a falling coffin makes more noise.

Zuneth Sattar’s businesses must really be thriving and running smoothly. In Malawi he must be the king-pen and the man to be. He can afford to pay of the political elite and know they are loyal to him. No matter what promises or scandals, his businesses will have an advantage. If it is getting land, tenders or whatnot. He got a connect and a plug on speed-dial. They will hook him up and he will give them a kickback.

That’s why they are silent now. Not saying a word. They are just hoping people are forgetting and can soon look at the next scandal. So, that Sattar and all his businesses is forgotten all about.

The President and his cabinet feels the same. This is an added stress and not a relief. The man and the legend is bankrolling them and it’s a free dinner. They are getting food and perks while only giving the businessman favourable advantages in the Republic. This is a beneficial arrangement and just like the predecessors. It is their time to eat and Sattar has the plate prepared and ready for them. They just have to sit down and eat.

Sattar should be proud of himself. His able to create a State Capture. Where the people his compromising isn’t making a fuzz. Neither is the opposition or the crowds asking for resignations. There is no Commission or government agency properly investigating things. Because, if you follow the money and the transfers of funds. It will become bloody and the ones implicated will be above people’s pay-grade and possibly confidential. Therefore, Sattar is getting of the hook and be the crook.

Malawians should be shattered by this silence, the politicians are telling who is boss and it’s not them. It is Sattar and his clientele are them. They are serving each other and paying each other off. In secret arrangements, which ensure profits for both parties. The only ones losing out is the taxpayers and the competition of Sattar. They cannot compete, as his the plug for the government. Peace.

Opinion: The Sattar Leaks are damning for Chakwera’s reign

“Senior Resident Magistrate Wanangwa Nyirenda has given bail to social media activist Joshua Chisa Mbele. He was arrested for publishing defamatory words towards Malawi Defence Force Commander Vincent Nundwe. According to the charges, Chisa Mbele alleged that Nundwe benefitted K4 billion from various dealings with Zuneith Sattar. His lawyer, Gilbert Khonyongwa, says they are applying for a constitutional review of the charges” (Reported by Audrey Kapalamula – Time 360 Malawi, 14.01.2022).

That the wheeler-dealer and businessman Zuneith Sattar is entangling ministers and associates of the President in Malawi is very concerning, as it seems like he has made a possible State Capture case. In a similar fashion of the Gupta’s in South Africa during the reign of Zuma. Now, the Tonse Alliance and its ministers are under hard scrutiny, because of the alleged association and deals done with Sattar.

Sattar have clearly done his work and cut deals with various of ministers, as his money and influence has ensured him a gateway to profits in Malawi. There are promises of leaks and documents concerning corruption tomorrow. That will clearly implicate more people and it is possible all the way to the top.

The Attorney General and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will have the work cut for them, as the state and its high-ranking official will be implicated in shady backroom deals. Which are done by using their authority and influence as ministers etc. That shows that the Sattar can compromise and get his way by doling a few coins the representative’s way. He can cover some debts and some bills, while he gets supreme possibilities as a merchant and a businessman in the Republic.

We know already that Kezzie Msukwa is implicated and with the arrest of Mbele, something is up with Nundwe and we can wonder who else have been paid-in-full and paid-to-play by Sattar in the Tonse Alliance. Since these sorts of things doesn’t happen out of nowhere, but for a reason.

Either to get land, tenders or favourable agreements, which benefits the companies of Sattar, and the state officials get some kickbacks in return. Therefore, the whole deal become beneficial, and everyone involved earns a small fortune on it. That’s how these enterprises are moving and it’s evident by now.

The AG and ACB will not be to involve, as if it moves to further investigate and follow the money. They might go even further and possibly implicate the head of state, as he could also get some free-money and serve as a client for Sattar. Since everyone else and ministers has been implicated already. He had to know about it and the President would benefit financially, by participating. That’s why there been a document saying the President got millions of dollars for his services. We must see, if that is true or not.

However, the Sattar cases is not over, and the truth will leak out. The corruption scandal will only become worse. As the greed and the easy money can always implicate the ones who is hungry. Peace.

Malawi: Anti-Corruption Bureau – ACB Position on the Attorney General’s Press Release regarding termination of Contracts involving Zuneth Sattar’s Business Entities and Debarment from Public Procurement (10.01.2022)

Malawi: The Attorney General – Press Release on Termination of Contracts involving Zuneith Sattar’s Business Entities and Debarment from Public Procurement (09.01.2022)

Opinion: So Hon. Msukwa was willing to destroy his whole career over a vehicle?

The Malawian Minister for Lands Kezzie Msukwa is charged with receiving bribes by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), which entails the Minister got Kwacha 4 million to help businessman Zuneth Sattar acquire some land in Salima District.

We are now seeing the Sattar Papers are leaking how the businessman and his associates have used their businesses and companies in Malawi. As they have used this to influence and get direct deals with the government. This here case is that Sattar got land easily and the Minister to vouch for him.

Msukwa was willing to risk his career and livelihood over a 4 million kwacha bribe, which was covering his duty on his service vehicle. That is tragic… and foolish that a vehicle or a car, which is given by the state to the minister is the reason for his downfall.

The Minister and MP is so greedy that he hoped someone could cover his expenses on the service vehicle. This case alone isn’t only implicating Satter, but there is warrants out for his associate Ashok Nair, formally known as Ashok Kumar Sreedharan. Ashok Nair participated in corrupt practices in some land matters in Salima and Lilongwe Districts, as his also been involved in giving bribes to various Malawi Government Departments on behalf of Sattar. Therefore, this implies that Nair could be the one who paid the Minister off and covered his duties on his vehicle.

That is really rich and shows that with influence doesn’t always comes street-smartness, as the MP and Minister could have secured the funds and easily paid-off this duty. However, in a flash and quick fix, he would get the payment and the kickback from Nair on behalf of Satter. Just so the businessman could acquire some land.

Just imagine that paying duty or VAT on a car is the possible ending of your career. You have finally reached the goal of becoming a minister after being MP. You have gotten an honourable position and seen viable by the President. Chakwera has vouched for you and thought you could run a ministry. However, that wasn’t enough for you… so some business had to cover your taxes as well. That says it all. It is not funny that four wheel-drive and a paid car by the state is bringing someone down, but this a car-crash and misuse of power.

Msukwa has clearly fallen and the ACB will go after him. Just like they are encircling Satter and associates. He is the “Political Exposed Person” who is connected with the corrupt behaviour of Nair and Satter. That is sad ending, but a choice the Minister deemed fit. He saw easy money and a gravy train. However, that vehicle is the reason why he won’t go far. Peace

Malawi: Malawi Electoral Support Network (MESN) – Pre-Election Statement on the 2019 Tripartite Elections (18.05.2019)

Malawi: UN responds to humanitarian needs, gradual shift to recovery and strengthening resilience (01.05.2019)

In early March, heavy rains and flooding linked to the cyclone killed 60 people, displaced nearly 87,000 people and affected around 870,000 persons.

LILONGWE, Malawi, May 1, 2019 – United Nations agencies in collaboration with the Government of Malawi, national and international agencies have reached over 400,000 persons affected by the impact of Cyclone Idai. The flood affected populations have received immediate life-saving relief support including food, medicine, shelter, protection services and other non-food-items such as water, sanitation and hygiene supplies.

In early March, heavy rains and flooding linked to the cyclone killed 60 people, displaced nearly 87,000 people and affected around 870,000 persons. The Government of Malawi declared a State of Disaster on 8th March and subsequently launched a Flood Response Plan and Appeal on 28th March to support life-saving humanitarian interventions in 15 affected districts.

The flood response plan appeal has received US$ 25.6 million funding contributions and pledges out of a total requirement of US$ 45.2 million. Based on lessons learnt from the 2015 flood response, early recovery efforts have been integrated in the response plan to reduce further risks and mitigate the impact of future shocks.

UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said the UN and partners triggered their support to the response almost immediately after the floods had hit, including, using prepositioned relief supplies. Additional support to the Government of Malawi’s Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) includes facilitating coordination and information management to enhance the response operations. An Emergency Operations Centre is established in the Ministry of Homeland Security to facilitate coordination of field operations.

“We assisted the government to rapidly assess the immediate needs to inform the humanitarian response,” said Torres. “Beyond addressing the immediate needs, we are also supporting the Government to assess post-disaster recovery needs that will inform early to long term recovery interventions in the affected areas.”

A Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) has been undertaken by the Malawi Government, UN, World Bank and European Union to assess damages, losses and priority recovery needs and costs. The data and information collected will inform the Government’s flood recovery plan.

“In tandem with the emergency response, we are also working with all sectors to support the affected communities’ gradual transition to recovery. This includes the UN’s support to DoDMA’s decision to provide a return home package to displaced populations who have expressed interest to return to their homes. This move aligns well with the country’s national resilience building,” said Torres.

Within the framework of One UN, several UN offices, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), UN Women, World Food Programme (WFP), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), United Nations Resident Coordinator’s Office (UNRCO) and World Health Organisation (WHO), are supporting the response in various ways that reflect their respective mandates and specialized expertise.

Below are more details on UN support to the response:

  • Over 91,000 households (over 410,000 people) provided with food or cash in nine districts. The food basket provided to 75 per cent of the people reached, comprises of a 50kg bag of maize, 10kgs of pulses and 2 litres of vegetable oil, while cash transfers of MK 18,000, equivalent to the value of the food basket, is provided to 25 per cent of the population reached.
  • As of 11 April, with UN support, the number of people reached with integrated health services in flood affected districts is 82,394. Other assitance includes screening, immunisation, reproductive health services and treatment of people in internally displacement sites through mobile.
  • Across the country, a total of 51,081 children (23,009 boys 28,072 girls) have been screened for malnutrition and 1,811 children (942 boys and 869 girls) with Severe Acute Malnutrition were admitted and treated through the Community-based Management of Acute Malnutrition programme. Of these, 121 children were admitted from the various camps. Mass screening and active case findings are on-going focussing on eight prioritised floods affected distrcts ( Balaka, Chikwawa, Machinga, Mangochi, Mulanje, Nsanje, Phalombe, and Zomba).
  • 10,000 dignity kits have been distributed targeting vulnerable pregnant women, breastfeeding mothers and adolescent girls in displacement camps in the affected districts. The kit contains soaps, underwear, sanitary pads, sanitary cloth, wrapping cloth, tooth paste, shavers, plastic bucket and plastic cups among others. Additional 4,200 dignity kits have also been procured and will be distributed in the coming days.
  • Reproductive Health (RH) kits to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths have been distributed to nine flood affected districts. The RH kits include individual clean delivery kits, equipment and medicines for assisted delivery and management of unsafe abortion among others.
  • Messages on prevention and reporting of sexual and gender based violence are being dissmeinated through community and national radios including theatre.
  • A total of 54,209 people in 17 sites reached with safe water as per agreed standards through provision of water containers, treatment chemicals, and water trucking.
  • A total of 51,691 people in 19 sites reached with services as per agreed standards through the installation of emergency latrines and bath shelters separate for men and women. Also, hygiene messages have reached more than 45,000 people.
  • About 47,000 displaced people reached with shelter and non-food items in four districts.
  • About 180,000 people are planned to be targeted with early recovery interventions in six districts, with interventions including removal of debris and solid waste management, support for reconstruction of homes, provision of agricultural kits including farm implements to enable winter cropping, distribution of small livestock to increase the asset base of farmers and cash-based interventions to enhance the provision of basic household needs of the affected population.
  • A total of 28,812 learners (15,149 girls, 13,663 boys) in 143 schools in six districts provided with education supplies, temporary learning spaces and teachers, school meals and sanitation facilities. In addition, 2,731 Early Childhood Development (ECD) children (1458 girls, 1273 boys) supported with ECD kits and tent classrooms in 19 camps in five districts.
  • In line with the ‘Leave No One Behind’ principle, the Age, Gender and Diversity Mainstreaming (AGDM) tool was used to engender the humanitarian response through the clusters to ensure that life-saving support indeed reached the most disadvantaged and the furthest behind first.

The Humanitarian Country Team, comprising humanitarian and development actors, continues to monitor the situation, in addition to supporting the Government of Malawi to address the current emergency through coherent planning for short-term interventions that meet basic needs, and medium -and long- term programming that increases the coping capabilities of communities and households. These joint efforts reaffirm the shared commitment by the UN to strengthening the humanitarian-development nexus to achieve collective outcomes, improve community resilience, and ensure that no one is left behind.

Malawi: Situation Update, 30 March 2019 (30.03.2019)

Humanitarian Chief completes visit to Malawi: An immediate food crisis has been averted, but the root causes of food insecurity and other humanitarian needs must be addressed (02.03.2019)

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