Health activist Kwataine warns Malawi govt against Mutharika’s ‘dictatorial orders’

A renowned health activist Martha Kwataine has warned government against firing health workers suspected to have stolen medical drugs as ordered by President Peter Mutharika, saying the government would lose more money in law suits than thefts of the drugs.

Kwataine: Becareful with Mutharika's dictatorial orders

Kwataine: Becareful with Mutharika’s dictatorial orders

Kwataine was reacting to Mutharika’s order to Secretary to Government George Mkondiwa that he should fire immediately any health worker suspected to have been involved in the theft medical drugs.

She said there are laid down procedures on how such cases should be handled, saying the dictatorial orders would just cost the government more money in law suits.

“We do not need such dictatorial orders. We have a system that takes care of such situations, what we need to do is to ensure that the system is working well from the police to courts,” she said.

She said there was need for police to speed up investigations of such cases and courts should mete out stiffer penalties to deter others from committing the same offence.

Kwataine also said there should be systems within the ministry of Health that can tighten loopholes which enable health workers steal medical drugs.

Last week a young laboratory assistant was found with cartons of La, malaria drug and hospital equipment which was designated for sale in Lilongwe.

The police arrested him following a tip.

 

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14 thoughts on “Health activist Kwataine warns Malawi govt against Mutharika’s ‘dictatorial orders’”

  1. Nabetha says:

    Well done Mr president!!! But as you get dem drug thieves please with the help of your CIDs and Judiciary also get dem cashgaters in their large numbers without favouring the party they belong!!

  2. chilungamo says:

    A Kwataine

    When the President says fire those that are stealing, the order does not imply that procedures and rule of law should not be followed. What the Presidents is trying to do is to show seriousness of the matter. He must sound tough to deter others from doing the same. That does not mean the President is being dictatorial. Kodi kutsusa kumangotsusa chilichonse abale!!!!!!!.

  3. J Matiki says:

    Kwataine is mad how can she support theft of drugs if iwas a president I could look them in jail for life zopusa ayi zako ndi uyo akubakila opha albinos akuti mtambo kaya chani kaya

    1. john says:

      she is not supporting the theft of drugs. Kwataine is infact right..if a suspect is fired and later found not gulity by the courts the government will pay alot of money in lawsuit. Procedures have to be followed and when a civil servant gets convicted automatically he is fired. a Malawi muzivetsa zinthuzi. the best way is that courts and police shud speed up thier work

  4. The Analyst says:

    Martha Kwataine ngati wasowa chochita ndikwate ine!
    ,……………………………………………………………………………………..
    Chikuchotsere u board chairman wa MACRA umangotsutsa zilizonse!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………
    Mwana wa njoka wa Joyce Banda iwe!

    1. The Analyst says:

      O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
      Akulu inu,
      . . . Why would you want these views of yours be associated with the title, “The Analyst”?
      . . . Why use the title “The Analyst” and not any other name, anyway?
      . . . of course, titles are not a protected thing, but it’s bad to put forth your views and wear faces of other people!
      I have seen people using titles close to “The Analyst” here, but they are creative enough to change it a bit.
      Koma inuyo kungomatula title yonse basi?, without even changing a single letter? This is not cool!
      It would somewhat be comforting if your comment had substance. Alas!
      . . . Can it be so hard to be creative? just a little? e.g. just changing one letter? Thats bad!
      O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  5. Dr Tonde says:

    Democracy is bitch! Fuck it!! we need benevolent presidential with a firm hand like the Paul Kagames to develop Africa. These procedures and the corrupt police and judges are not helping us.

    In fact dont just fire the thieves but kill them too!! mxiew

  6. kia says:

    Uyunso ndi munthu wina yemwe ine sindimamumvetsa bwino kuti kodi kwenikweni akamakhala mdziko what does she really stand for. Magulu a Jessie Kabwira, Chimsinga,Trapence, Mtambo. Anthu osathandiza mdziko.Ndimamva nawo chisoni kwambiri

  7. BigMan says:

    There she goes again, barking, barking, barking and barking some more….for nothing!

  8. onse says:

    KKKKK multi-pronged approach to contain theft of drugs in hospitals? ranging from fencing the facilities ………. to immediate dismissals. All may be costly may be we need to really examine the systems propoelry

  9. alhomwe atilaula says:

    thats very true Matha!

  10. Gerrad Viola says:

    A Kwata ine mwayamba kusapota umbava wamakhwala muzipatala? Zafika apa mungopanga resign. Tikudziwa muli pa VIP pa Masm, ndiye zakusowa kwa mankhwala kwa inu sinkhani. Ife osauka amene tikuberedwa makhwalafe tikufuna anthuwa atachotsedwa ntchito. Malungo akutiphera ana athu. Inu mufufayira nyumba zanu udzudzu sufukako.

    Takumvetsani amayi

    1. Nsanjelekani says:

      Apange resign from what. Amagwira ntchito pakhomo pako. She is saying this in her capacity as a health rights activist not ngati wantchito wako or wawina wake wamva.

      1. Jacob says:

        Madam Kwataine why such a remark? If President remain quite u say he is doing nothing if he comes with tough stand u tend to shoot it down. So what do you want the president to do? Bingu when he ordered police to shoot criminals u critised him yet there was sanity at once following that decree. And Bingu then, was not meaning to shoot anyone but those criminals who were distabilizing malawi. So if president says let such thieves be fired you would have concurred with him. What i expected of you was to say “the courts in their ruling for these thieves once caught then they were not supposed to get anything regarding benefits yet what they stole will have to swap with their benefits that’s all” because you are the one whom u speak for us when drugs are not available in hospitals. Mwakhwefulatu tough stand ya a president apa chooonde tisamatero. Just imagine when President Joyce Banda shot down the shoot to kill policy by Bingu what happened? Killings and theft were at rampant. So your duty is to work hand in hand with govt. If anything what u would have done was to seek audince with President in private for you to understand better what he was trying to mean and enlight him where u feel he missed a point not in a social media like this. Finally, this just reminds me that even if president today starts signing the death sentence for ppo who are killing others intentionally including albinos, human rights will rise up against this yet this is the only way to deter others from doing such evil acts. Madam Kwataine well, i love you take heed of what i have shared. Good day.

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