Kamanya apologises to KCH workers over disrespectful remarks

Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Godfrey Kamanya on Thursday apologised publicly for his disrespectful remarks he made against Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) workers who marched and protested over the shortage of medical supplies, including medications.

Speaking on Wednesday in Phalombe at a presidential function aired on state broadcaster MBC, garrulous Kamanya said “all those going to Parliament to hand out the petition are members of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).”

But workers threatened to abscond duties unless Kamanya apologises.

Kamanya on Thursday was forced on his knees and apologised for his remarks.

Kamanya: Sorry

“I accept I did not treat the Kamuzu Central Hospital staff with the respect they deserve,” said Kamanya.

Kamanya’s outburst came when Minister of Health Catherine Gotani-Hara was in the meeting with representatives of the workers trying to find a lasting solution.

Gotani-Hara said she was glad that Kamanya has apologised.

One of the medical personnel William Banda, branded the minister’s outburst “extraordinarily stupid”.

And other workers suggested that Kamanya should resign.

“A member of the executive should not treat public workers like this. It tells you all you need to know about this out-of-touch government and its attitude to public servants,” remarked one KCH worker.

Meanwhile, leader of Health Workers Association of Malawi Steven Mjuweni said on Tuesday the drug and health service delivery situation at the hospital is deplorable.

According to Mjuweni, the situation has been worsened by inadequate funding to the hospital.

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