Over 80 drivers from the Ministry of Health’s Community Health Service Unit (CHSU) in Lilongwe are planning to petition Principal Administrative Officer (PAO) Brown Vitsitsi, who is being accused of ill-treating the drivers and redeploying them to other departments within the Ministry whenever they question his dictatorial tendencies.
Most drivers from the department have reportedly been working under stress because of Vitsitsi’s conduct of dressing them down like his own children and replacing them with those deemed loyal to the administrator.
A section of the drivers, who opted for anonymity for fear of reprisals from their uncompromising boss told Nyasa Times that Vitsitsi has been going to the extent of soliciting kickbacks from some drivers for him to facilitate their posting to CHSU at the expense of drivers that are not in good books with him.
The CHSU is considered a more lucrative department in the Ministry, owing to the many projects the department is involved in.
The affected drivers said they are fed up with Vitsitsi’s conduct of making unilateral decisions aimed at getting rid of drivers that are not in good books with.
“Some of our colleagues from other sections within the ministry have openly challenged us that our days at the CHSU are numbered as they will soon fill our places. We find this to be very disturbing as we don’t know what the future holds for us.
“We have been wondering why the whole Ministry is at the mercy of one person. Where he is getting the powers from remains a mystery to us,” said one of the drivers, who pleaded for anonymity.
Another driver, also speaking on anonymous condition claimed some bosses within the Ministry have been expressing surprise at some of the posting instructions, which have been effected without them making any recommendations to the administrator.
Reports reaching this publication indicate, former Education Minister Dr Peter Kumpalume had made a recommendation to have Vitsitsi transferred to another department but the recommendation was not implemented following the recent Cabinet reshuffle, which saw Atupele Muluzi replacing Kumpalume.
Vitsitsi once worked at a foreign mission during the two-year reign of Dr Joyce Banda and is believed to have strong ties with Banda’s Peoples Party as most of his victims are those deemed to be Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) loyalists, according to the drivers.
Vitsitsi did not pick up calls on several occasions, when the reporter tried to get his side of the story.
Ministry’s Public Relations Officer Adrian Chikumbe asked for more time to investigate the matter before coming back to the reporter, which he never did.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :