Goodall, Kumpalume collide over x-ray machines: Malawi ministers in collision course

Finance minister Goodall Gondwe says the government has paid off SAR9 million for the repair of an x-ray machine at Kamuzu Central Hospital and it should be fixed anytime.

Gondwe: We paid, ask Kumpalume where did the money go
Gondwe: We paid, ask Kumpalume where did the money go
Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume: We have not received the money
Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume: We have not received the money

However, minister of health Peter Kumpalume says his ministry is yet to receive the money, putting the two senior ministers on a simple collision course for a serious issue of national importance.

“Treasury released the money, I think last week. It was nine million rand so to me that issue is over,” Gondwe said in an interview.

When told Kumpalume says his ministry is waiting for the money, the ministry has not received it, Gondwe said as far as he was concerned, treasury released the money and the ministry of Health sent the money to the suppliers in South Africa.

“If the minister of Health says he has not received the money, then go back to him, maybe he knows where the money is,” said Gondwe.

The x-ray machine has broken down for a year now and the government is failing to fix the problem, another example of fast collapsing health sector as the economy has taken a slump pushing the government into bankruptcy.

According to officials at Kamuzu Central Hospital, the machine serves 100 patients a day and about 2500 a month. Patients are now sent to private hospitals for x ray services or cram at Bwaila Hospital for the service.

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Mphongozidana Ndau
Mphongozidana Ndau
4 years ago

It is very unfortunate that two senior ministers could be shifting blames to each other playing with peoples lives in the press like this.

Where is patriotic leadership in Malawi? They are all telling lies every day.

CIVIL SERVANT
CIVIL SERVANT
4 years ago

FACT: Government bout 3 brand new Digital X-ray machines to be installed in 3 central hospitals (KCH included). The machines are ready to be transported from South Africa but the engineers gave a condition after visiting the sites: X-Ray Labs/Rooms to install the new equipment need to be renovated according to their specifications (specs/plans were given). As far as I know, the rooms are not ready yet, thereby delaying the installation of the machines. Same as the CT Scanner for QUEENS….it has been in storage since 2012 waiting for the construction of a proper CT room. Same story at Mzuzu… Read more »

bongolwethu jayiya
bongolwethu jayiya
4 years ago

akalamba achitsiru awa pamodzi ndi nkhalamba inzawo mumati ndi president ija onse atule pansi maudindo adzikalera zidzukulu.

OGO
OGO
4 years ago

Goodall is lying trying to get wina wake kuti chimuphulikile …lots of times we have heard kuti money has been released koma zabodza.

By the way what currency is SAR….(South African Rand?) I thought it has always been ZAR?

Paka Bush
Paka Bush
4 years ago

Goodall is simply lying……No money has been sent to Ministry of Health or remitted to South Africa…He should be ashamed that he is doing that while risking lives of Malawians….

pitala
pitala
4 years ago

Hahahahahaaaaaa a bunch of thieves

Release Kasambara
Release Kasambara
4 years ago

Kumpalume waba ndalama, there is no way Goodall could be telling a lie on that.

dee kay
dee kay
4 years ago

wagawana-mbabva kusowa manyazi while a tax payer languishes

Lets take our country back
Lets take our country back
4 years ago

Anybody ready to revolt please let me know. I have the resources and I’m well connected. I just need resources on the ground so we can network.

still waiting to clap my hands
still waiting to clap my hands
4 years ago

could it be that our very intelligent and professional reporter has got the figure wrong? i don’t see an x-ray machine repair costing 9 million rand, olo 9 million kwacha singakwane, olo half million kwacha sizingatheke kupanga ma repairs. i hate fake journos. mij again

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