Dowa : Dowa National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has asked Dowa District Civil Society Organization (CSO) network to investigate an NGO Mponela Motherhood Development Organization on allegations that it is soliciting money from committees for its operations in the district.
In Interview with Malawi News Agency Saturday Nice Trust Dowa Area Civic Education Coordinator for Mponela Mphatso M’bang’ombe said his office is greatly concerned with queries that Mponela Motherhood Development Organization is soliciting money amounting to K2000 from each committee it establishes for its operations.
M’bang’ombe said the allegations need to be investigated as soon as possible so that the project the organisation is implementing should not be centred on enriching themselves at the expense of the poor people in the district.
According to the reports the organization is alleged to have received Chief Mponela’s signature for its project implementation without following the laid down procedures such as registering with the Dowa Council and its District Executive Committee(DEC) and CSO network to get approval before going to Area and Village Development Committees for introductions.
The allegations indicate that the organization started soliciting the money from 10 communities in the area of TA Mponela as part of fundraising to help meet the relevant authorities for possible solutions affecting mothers in the area.
Group Village headman Kasalika is reported to have joined the organization as its Chairperson but when contacted said he resigned from the organization in November 2017 citing disagreements with the organization’s project coordinator Lemison Chitenje on some principles.
The Chief cited the practice of obtaining money from the poor communities on false pretence and low academic qualification of its office bearers among others as reasons for his resignation.
Kasalika claimed that at the time of his resignation a total of 145 communities had been reached and collected K2000 from the areas of TA Mponela and Dzoole B with a possibility that the number of committees might have gone up to cover the area of Dzoole A.
Senior Group Village Headwoman Jonasi admitted having received queries from her subjects for the alleged NGOs involvement in soliciting funds from the poor people but refused to make further comment.
He instead referred this reporter to Group Village Headman (GHV) Zamala who she said is part of TA Mponela’s advisory forum.
GVH Zamala admitted the presence of the alleged bogus NGO in the area.
He said planning to discuss and decide the organization’s project future later at the TA Mponela’s headquarters.
The organization is implementing a project called Strengthen Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTC) advocacy for vulnerable communities in the areas of Traditional Authority Mponela and Dzoole.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA