Malawi Board issues an ultimatum to NGOs

Malawi’s Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Board, Joel Mkandawire. PHOTO: Facebook

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA (ADV) – Malawi’s Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) Board recently expressed concern that the NGOs are operating with boards whose members or trustees’ term of office expired rendering them unlawful.

The board has however given a two-month ultimatum to reconstitute them, failing which drastic action will be taken against them.

“The NGOs have up to March 31 to fix the mess,” NGO Board spokesperson Joel Mkandawire told the Nation.Com.

“Operating on an expired term is as good as running without a board, which is illegal according to the NGO Act of 2001. It’s an issue of accountability and transparency to the public they represent which also jeopardises donor and public confidence.”

Mkandawire did not point out at any NGO but warned that the board will not allow the malpractice to continue.

“Failing or refusing to comply with the provisions of the NGO Act will result in the NGO Board motivating donors to stop funding such NGOs and apply the law to suspend or cancel such NGOs,” he said.

The Youth and Society Executive Director Charles Kajoloweka stated that the NGO Board is mandated to ensure that NGOs comply with the law, it should have engaged the NGOs it suspects are against the law rather than rushing to issue ultimatums.

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