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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Nabetha
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3 months 21 days ago

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!!

chilungamo
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chilungamo
3 months 23 days ago

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!!!!!!!.

J Matiki
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3 months 23 days ago

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

john
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3 months 18 days ago

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

The Analyst
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The Analyst
3 months 23 days ago

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

The Analyst
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The Analyst
3 months 23 days ago
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… Read more »
Dr Tonde
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Dr Tonde
3 months 24 days ago

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

kia
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kia
3 months 24 days ago

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

BigMan
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BigMan
3 months 24 days ago

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

onse
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onse
3 months 24 days ago

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

alhomwe atilaula
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alhomwe atilaula
3 months 24 days ago

thats very true Matha!

Gerrad Viola
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Gerrad Viola
3 months 24 days ago

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

Nsanjelekani
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Nsanjelekani
3 months 24 days ago

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.

Jacob
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Jacob
3 months 22 days ago
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… Read more »
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