Blair’s AGI winding up on mutual agreement—State House

January 7, 2014 • Front Page, National News • Written by :

Nhlane: Government is grateful for AGI support

Nhlane: Government is grateful for AGI support

Malawi President Joyce Banda has said former British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s Africa Governance Initiative (AGI) is winding up its work in Malawi at the end of this month based on mutual agreement and understanding.

Reacting to news that Blair has dumped President Banda, presidential press secretary Steven Nhlane in a statement on Monday said government and AGI agreed that in view of the May 2014 general elections, AGI would plan to accomplish their work by January 2014.

AGI’s mandate, according to State House, was to help build systems in the President’s office and to support government’s effectiveness.

“In view of this initial arrangement, AGI is winding up its work in Malawi at the end of this month based on this mutual agreement and understanding.

“The AGI team has been on holiday for Christmas and New Year and returns to Malawi in a week’s time and will have end-of-project meetings with all stakeholders and wrap up of its project,” said Nhlane.

He dismissed as untrue reports that Blair is quitting as President Banda’s adviser as alleged in the January 5 2014 Sunday Telegraph of the United Kingdom which was picked up by the local press.

“In addition, there is no link whatsoever between AGI’s winding up and the looting of government coffers as alleged by the media.

“It is also not correct to say the AGI team was helping the President to run this nation. As already stated, the AGI’s mandate was to help strengthen systems in the President’s office and support towards government effectiveness.

“As stated in our press release of 20 December 2013, government is grateful to AGI for its support and would be pleased to continue working with it after the elections. AGI also stated in its recent press statement that it is ready to come back to Malawi after the elections if invited,” he said.

 

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  • peter

    Has AGI been able to fulfil its objectives in the midst of failure of public systems as evidenced by the organised looting of public resources? I would appreciate if they could tell the public about their perfomance here in Malawi, highlighting opportunities and challenges they had.

  • https://www.google.com Patriot

    Just be honest. We know they pulled out because Joyce Banda is the number one thief in cash-gate. Azungu do not like corruption. You still think Malawians can be fooled again? Sorry find another excuse.

  • Blessings Phiri

    So its the AGI which has put systems that the President’s number one job is sharing maize and cattle and that the systems put are the ones used for cash gate.
    Thanks AGI. Pack up and go.

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