Bisika cleared by Malawi Aids Commission of any wrong doing

National Aids Commission (NAC) executive director Thomas Bisika who was sent on forced leave  last October, to pave way for investigations, has been cleared of any wrong oing according of  the minutes of a NAC Board extraordinary meeting held at Wamkulu Palace in Lilongwe on December 17, 2014.

NAC boss Thomas Bisika: Cleared of any wrong doing

NAC boss Thomas Bisika: Cleared of any wrong doing

Bisika was suspended in October 2014 pending an independent investigation into the NAC operations.

According to minutes which were quoted in the Daily Times, signed by board chairperson, Mara Kumbweza Banda, indicate the Board considered an Investigative Audit Report on NAC operations conducted by the National Audit Office (Nao) and concluded that the findings, which have not yet been made public, were incomplete and inconclusive.

“As an example, no details of actual Heads of Department interviewed were given although reference has been made to such; reference to unauthorised use of vehicles made while documentary evidence shows such authorisation was granted. Among others, Board was of the view that in a number of areas the Auditors should have engaged the Executive Director and got his feedback on the issues prior to drawing the conclusions made,” the meeting observed.

The Board decided that a disciplinary hearing be constituted either by the Board or Committee of the Board to clear the issues and hear the Executive Director out.

In addition the Board noted that the Auditors had extended their investigations to other areas which were not clearly specified in the original Terms of Reference the meeting also observed.

The Board, however, noted the recommended actions made and would be adhered to such, including disciplinary hearing for the concerned parties.

The minutes also say the Board was concerned with the vacuum at the secretariat due to the continued extended leave of the Executive Director and the fact that all senior positions at Nac are being held in an acting capacity.

It agreed, according to the minutes, to recall Bisika from leave.

When contacted Bisika  insisted that he was on “leave” and had not received any updates on the matter. He  referred the reporter to the Nac Board Chairperson.

When contacted for comments, Kumbweza Banda refused to shed light on the meeting saying the document containing the minutes is confidential only known by her personal assistant and the Chief Secretary to Government.

“I will not respond to this until you give me the name of the person who gave you those minutes,” she said.

In conclusion, Board asked the Chairperson to seek an audience for the Board to meet with the Chief Secretary to discuss the Nac outstanding issues.

Apart from Kumbweza Banda, other members that attended the meeting included Reverend G. Kapuma, Senior Chief Malemia, Senior Chief Makwangwala, Professor John Uta and S.B Chikoti.

The other members present included Secretary for Health Chris Kang’ombe, Mr. Sandikonda representing Secretary Nutrition HIV/Aids and a Mr. Pangani who was representing Secretary Nutrition HIV /Aids.

Former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika appointed Bisika as executive director in September 2010.

Before joining NAC, Bisika worked as health system adviser to the World Health Organisation (WHO) based in Abuja, Nigeria.

Bisika also worked as programme specialist for the United Nations Population Fund.

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phoenix rising
Guest

Bisika is a kind, brilliant, selfless man. Hehas a lot of goodwill in the HIV community. I glad his name has been cleared, let him return to work, issue and official statement clearing his name for his reputation is worldwide. Musamuphere mwai nyamatayu. He deserves a public apology. Tsono Marriam Mangochi atani for she is technically unemployable. No boss wld hire a backstabbing over ambitious snitch. Kumayiwerenga game madam!

Maliseche
Guest

Will Francis Thawani and Owen Banda save whatever remains of their integrity by resigning? I am sure they will. How about Mariam Mangochi who staged a coup d’etat and installed herself as the acting Director for NAC before Dave Kalomba was appointed? There will be drama and music at NAC if Bisika returns. Linje Manyozo wa Mulhakho will be the biggest winner chifukwa yake ndiye ikanatha.

clement
Guest

Njiru chifukwa chake umphawi pa Malawi suzatha.Izi mumatsogolera ndinu ati osutsa boma Congress ndi chipani chinatha chija pp.Mumati Muhlako,Beam yagwiratsa ndalama za. NAC koma amphaka inu tsiku lina tidzathibulana pa Malawi mukuonjeza.

Bonzo
Guest

Any organization chaired by mara kumbweza is in a mess. Check with manaso where she also chairs. The director was locked out of office. Check with paradizo, some vehicles from nac are used on building projects of the organization. Koma mai awa?? Bisika is innocent ayambe basi.

Gamason
Guest

Koma nkhani imeneyi yandisangalatsa kwambiri. NAC yapeza ndala zambiri chibwerereni Bisika ndiye mumafuna mumuchotse. Nsanje lekani a Malawi. Komanso tiyeni tizipanga zachitukuko sikuti tizinyozana pali ma donors angazangotithawa.

Nac family
Guest

This is the work of Rev Billy Gama. These are great friends kuyambila kale. I am sure the board was forced to clear Bisika by Billy Gama. He was in Lilongwe almost every week. What is not clear is whether he is back at NAC. I hear he has been going to work with Linje Manyozo at night. Linje is the one spoiling Bisika by telling him lies about other people.

Linthipe
Guest

I don’t think Bisika is going back to NAC. Very likely he will be heading to the Embassy or another big job is waiting for him. Ndatukana apa?

Mafana
Guest

To be honest I am surprised with Bisika’s patience. He has been so quiet, not like the one I know from Chilunga, he must have grown up. Kunja kumasinthadi munthu but I admire his patience tikanakhala enane bwenzi titabwebwetuka kale. Congrats for being cleared

Achimidzimidzi
Guest

Who are the auditors, pls?
The chair is saying the report was ‘incomplete and inconclusive.’

Mmmmm?

Malipeya
Guest

I KNEW IT THAT SOMEONE WAS AGAINST MY FRIEND BISIKA. CONGRATS BISIKA. KEEP SUPPORTING LOCAL NGOs AND CBOS, DON’T ALLOW THIEVES TO DESTROY THE SUPPORT WE GET FROM YOU.

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