Those who wanted to take the leadership mantle of Muslim Association of Malawi (MAM) by coming up with many allegations against the current chairman should be ashamed of themselves and perhaps find another campaign strategy.
As only few months remaining for the association to hold its elections, there have been reports that other people within the organisation, who are eyeing for the chairmanship position thought that the only way to get more votes from the members of the Muslim community is to damage the Chairman’s reputation by speculating that he is embezzling donors funds.
On August 15, Malawi News also published a story which indicated that current MAM National Chairman Sheikh Idrissa Muhammad is being involved in a 39 million kwacha scam which is under investigation at the Malawi fiscal police.
Following the publication of the story, some Muslim youths on Monday went to close MAM’s offices at its headquarters in Blantyre demanding an explanation from the Chairman on the allegations.
Meanwhile, the offices remain closed and are being guarded by the Malawi police services.
Currently, most of the MAM’s projects are funded by a Kuwait based organisation called Revival Islamic Heritage Society through the African continent committee.
In a statement released by the organisation signed by its chairman Sheikh Jassim Alainati, the society says that there is no misappropriation of funds the organisation sends to the Muslims’ mother body in the country.
The statement says that all the projects that the organisation is handling in the country are well inspected.
“I write to bring it to your attention that I have funded several projects in Malawi through the Chairman of Muslim Association of Malawi. The projects include; mosques, school blocks, wells , relief programmes etc. As I speak, some projects have been completed successfully. I have during the said time been coming to Malawi to inspect the various projects for which funding have been provided. My visits have left me satisfied with the implementation of the projects and I have no complaints,” reads part of the statement made available to Malawi Muslims Official Website.
The statement further speculates that the stories that are being spread about money laundering are coming from somewhere with an intention well known to the owners.
“I get the impression that there is someone who is cooking up the stories which are untrue for reasons which are clearly malicious, misleading and damaging the reputation of innocent people particularly the chairman of Muslim Association of Malawi,” concluded the statement.