Landlord Munyenyembe closes health centre in Chitipa over K7.5m rental outstanding bills

Provision of health services have been suspended at Mahowe Health Centre in Chitipa following the closure of the facility by the family of late former Speaker of Parliament, Rodwell Mnyenyembe over disagreement between the family and Chitipa District Council on the building’s rentals.

Mahowe health centre in Chitipa

In September, 2017 daughter to late Mnyenyembe, who is also current councilor for Mahowe Ward, Towela Mnyenyembe offered the council their residential house to be used as a health Centre on agreement that the council would be paying K200, 000 per month using the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

However, almost four years down the line, the council has never paid any amount towards the rentals, a development that has forced the family to shut down the facility.

Speaking during a telephone interview Tuesday, Councilor Mnyenyembe said Chitipa District Council owns her family outstanding rentals amounting to K7.5 million.

‘‘The council together with Member of Parliament, Welani Chilenga for Chitipa agreed to be paying us K200,000 per month from CDF, but up to now they have never paid us any amount, as such, we have decided to close the building,’’ said Mnyenyembe.

Confirming the development in a separate interview, In – charge for Mahowe health centre, Mike Mughogho said that currently they are sending patients to Nthalire Rural Health Centre, a distance of close to 45 Kilometers.

However, Mnyenyembe referred us to Chitipa District Council for more details over the development.

When asked to comment, District Commissioner (DC) for Chitipa, Humphreys Gondwe expressed surprise over the development, saying that there was no agreement over house rentals between the council and the Mnyenyembe family.

‘‘What we know is that the Mnyenyembe family supported the community in Mahowe with a house to be used as health Centre for free,’’ said Gondwe.

Gondwe added that currently they have transferred hospital equipment to a Community Based Child Care Centre (CBCC) where some operations will be taking place.

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webster chiwaka
webster chiwaka
9 months ago

Tangopelekani

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
9 months ago

munalalika pomanga center yi

Opportunist
Opportunist
9 months ago

Kodi panja ma allowance timagawana zingati

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
9 months ago

CDF guidelines wont allow payment of rentals.

Watson
Watson
9 months ago

Kutereko wina wanyambita ndalama za cdf.

Hamlet
Hamlet
9 months ago

Landlord wamkzi timati Landlady.

#Better MW
#Better MW
9 months ago

Nothing of value is for free people!!!

Without rental income how is the family supposed to do maintenance on the property?

That’s why you should always have these agreements in writing because people’s memories
change to suit them.

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
9 months ago

I think the DC is an idiot. Just pay up

Concerned malawian
Concerned malawian
9 months ago
Reply to  Nyekhwe

Yes. As simple as that

Kabwande
Kabwande
9 months ago

Utambwali ndi boma lomwe??….. achita bwino

Kambewa chisale
9 months ago
Reply to  Kabwande

Yes the D C is an idiot. If the family have information in writing then please show them.

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