Chiradzulu DPP councillors clash with DC affect hospital

Chiradzulu District Hospital officials are sending SOS that soon ambulances would be grounded and food would not be provided to patients as payments cannot be made following the forced closure of the district commissioner’s office.

Some of the councillors and the DPP district governor Joseph Kaliwo (C)

Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ward councillors closed the office of the DC Mary Kaleso a month ago accusing  her of refusing to support party activities as she is trict on financial prudence.

Kaleso is responsible for approving all expenditures at Chiradzulu District Hospital.

Owen Chataika, public relations officer for Chiradzulu District Hospital said the situation at the institution is getting out of hand.

“The hospital cannot pay those contracted to provide food to patients, we will soon not be able to pay for fuel for hospital vehicles,” he said.

But the unrepentant and politically charged ward councillors say they would only open the DC’s office if Kaleso is removed from office.

Three months ago, the same ward councillors forced another DC out of office.

The ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has since threatened to dissolve the Chiradzulu District Council if the councillors continue to intentionally flout laid down operational procedures and guidelines.

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Look at the so called councilors, mfiti zokha zokha izi, you can see from their faces.No doubt they are merciless.


Dear Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development,

Please do not bother us with threats to dissolve the Council. Just go ahead and dissolve the damn institution. It is not serving the interests of Chiradzulu people.

I am surprised the responsible Minister has grown cold feet. This is not the way to build trust and popularly. You are in effect doing the opposite. How can you condone thuggery and lawlessness? How can you tolerate DC’s being transferred wily nilly? Please do something, anything but transfer of Kaleso.