Zomba DHO staff wants management team removed

Staff from Zomba District Health Office (DHO) on Monday closed offices for the senior officers demanding their immediate removal.strike

The management team include the Principal Health Service Administrator (PHA) John Kachoka, Human Resource Officer Witney Phiri and District Nursing Officer Alinafe Mangulenje.

The protesting staff said they were doing that in order for the new DHO Gift Chinomba be allowed to execute his duties effectively arguing the three were practising what they described as pull-him-down-syndrome to fulfil their interests.

At exactly 7:30am the offices were closed and nobody was allowed to enter.

In a letter addressed to the Secretary for Health and copied to the chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, and the Zomba District Commissioner, among others, the staff alleges the use of government fuel for private vehicles by Kachoka, refusal to provide transport for staff’s relative funeral, registration of two maternal deaths at Domasi Rural Hospital because of non-availability of an ambulance whose service date was overdue.

“The human resource officer [Witney Phiri] uses the ambulance to ferry his children to school. The Zomba DHO owes suppliers huge amounts of money because the principal health officer [John Kachoka] do not authorise the payments.

“With some of these points, we thought it is high time these officers are no longer accepted to work at Zomba DHO. If the Ministry of Health wants people to access equitable health services, these senior officers should be transferred elsewhere,” reads the letter in part.

However, Kachoka said in an interview, he is yet to receive the letter whereas Witney Phiri and Alinafe Mangulenje refused to comment on the allegations.

The protesting staff further warned that should the Ministry of Health fail to take urgent action on the matter, the strike will be extended to all health facilities under Zomba DHO.

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Aseka Naziwa
Inu a zomba DHO(the so called anonymous),ndi chani chomwe mwachita apa,mukuziyalutsa chifukwa chani? you are the ones who need to be transfered and not the management members u r mentioning here. everyone knows how evil u r,and now u want to take advantage of the new management members that are there so that u can pursue ur evil plans. mukufuna muziwauza zochita obwerawo,never,this will not take u anywhere. Mulitu ma issues mzipatalamu worth publishing but people always do discuss with their management,osati za umbuli mwachita apazi,it just shows how immature u r,and u think with this the ministry can entrust… Read more »
The strike is fueled by power hungry people. You have a certificate and you want to be a Boss because you want your boss fired nononono. Some of you will toil in abject poverty because of wrong career choice. You are of a medical field with a diploma and you went to do a degree in health management thinking you would automatically be placed administrator nonono. Their is zero establishment of that post. Throw your degree away. The trio that you are mentioning is elite and intelligent and manage their resources properly that’s why they are getting rich. Just go… Read more »

understand issues critically before u send your rashy comments. hospitals have have big issues but they don’t rush to the public. they discuss with management. its high time the ministry takes a different approach on these anonymous letters. the underlying problem is funding ikuchepa ,ikuchedwa . nobody can have a better output without adequate resources.
keep your shallow comments if you are not very conversant with the health system. its actually crashing due to lack of funds ,hence the noise


Kkkkkk koma kuyalukatu uku,,,,Alinafe amangokhala matako phwii mu office palibe chomwe akuchita,we miss u mama Bisika.guyz also include Harriet Tembo on the list kambava aka kkkkkkkk!

ganizani namate

i thnk this is tym to deal wth anthu adyera osaganzira myoyo ya anthu ena! De same mulpractise its happening at mua mission hosptal where by de management team want arreaz of lv grant to be taxed 5.1grand each wat a shame mbava zichoke basi i thnk dey dnt knw de meanng of lv grant. Bg up fellw stuffs of zomba we dnt want cash gaters


There are problems all sides. With funding inadquancy and persistent Kwacha devaluation things will not be the way they are supposed to.
Then why should they move? The people confused because of not knowing how the system moves should be taught. If it shall good, effective and efficient? Include other staffs in addition to the above mentioned at the DH. office in the transfers to other places


Health systems managers trained @College of Medicine will do good….osati zinazi abale inu

Koma Malawi

Mukunama man takuziwani ndinu MA /NMT /AEHO phuma ndi sukulu munakapangazo ka digiri koti mukusowanako kolowera


Alinafe nde ukanangokhala komwekuja ku MJ ndi Mr Chirwa moti mu Zomba umu ukuyendanso ndo a Kachoka


This is a biggest problem that has engulfed health system in Malawi but its high time the govt phase out Adimnstrators with health managers trained @ COM

A Konyani

Do not let evil people to continue excercising their nonsense in public offices.Thumbs up to you gentlemen.Ngati sachoka,akuntheni.Yatsala office ina yakenso kuZomba komwe kuno.Ma LG a chaka chathachi anthu sanapatsidwe mpaka lero.Elsewhere anthu analandira except ZA Rural.Tikukuonanitu.Akuthwalutsani nanunso posachedwapa,anzanu azionatu.ZOMBA woyeeeee!

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