Last month, US Government announced that Malawi had qualified for the $350 million grant to improve the energy sector. The signing of the same was supposed to take place mid February in Washington.
However, Washington has put a plug to the whole process citing Malawi’s failure to observe governance and human rights issues. US Embassy Lilongwe Public Affairs Officer Benjamin Canavan said his government would discuss the next step of action with Malawi.
“The MCC is committed to working with nations that are committed to good governance, economic freedom, and investments in their citizens. MCC and the Government of Malawi have worked in close partnership over the past three years to develop a much-needed investment for the Malawian people in the power sector," said the diplomat.
The Western governments are accusing Malawi of failing to repeal laws that criminalises homosexuality and gags the print press. President Bingu wa Mutharika recently assented to the bill that will give power to the minister of Information to ban any publication that he deemed not in the public interest.
President Mutharika ignored pleas from media and NGOs not to assent to the bill. UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression Frank La Rue, had written to President Mutharika over the laws.