Former First Lady Gertrude Mutharika is set to be visited by state agents over the dubious manner in which her Beautify Malawi (BEAM) Trust used to source funds from public institutions.
Details are emerging exposing how the former first lady’s charity used to collect obscene amounts from such institutions as Lilongwe Water Board (LWB) and the Blantyre City Council (BCC) to fund its activities.
For instance at one point in 2019, the LWB paid over MK29 million on behalf of the trust to a sculpture known as Gaston Arts who constructed statues at Parliament and Capital Hotel roundabouts.
Another revelation exposes how Mutharika’s BEAM Trust leased two refuse collection trucks it got as a donation from China to the BCC at a daily fee of 60,000 Kwacha which translates to MK22 million annually from 2017.
Apparently, the transaction happened without the BCC seeking due approval from the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority PPDA.
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has written the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate the allegations involving the former first lady’s charity.
Speaking to Capital FM HRDC National Cordinator Luke Tembo said that though the ACB had promised to look into the matter, there were still delays in terms of investigations.
“We need action to be taken, but however we are worried of the pace at which the ACB is carrying out the investigation as it is delaying justice in such matters,” Tembo said.
Tembo added that they are expecting the graft buster to go in-depth in order to ensure that just prevails on such issues.
The Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) was launched on 13th September 2014 with the aim of achieving a cleaner and healthier Malawi.