'Scams" at State house. By Suzgo Chitete

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They come with pomp and splendor, enjoying massive support from a wide spectrum of donors. But once their founders are out of power, the entities disappear with no one holding them to account for the millions they will have made.

These are initiatives and charities founded by successive heads of State and their spouses during the 26 years of multiparty rule and which have benefitted from robust funding from the State and private sector as well as from countries such as China and Taiwan. The State support also includes use of public resources, office space, cars and personnel.

The four presidents and their spouses- up to Peter Mutharika – have founded nine charities and three presidential initiatives – five under Bakili Muluzi’s regime; three under the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration; three in Joyce Banda’s two-year rule and one in the Peter Mutharika reign.

While all the 12 entities raised millions of kwacha, there has been no accountability on the resources, according to the NGO Board executive director Voice Mhone.

In a written response, Mhone said the board only became operation