Malawi Pharmacy board splashes K75,000 shopping vouchers to workers 

Malawi Pharmacy, Medicine and Poison Board (PMPB) organized a party and splashes shopping vouchers worth K75000 to all its workers over 40 people.

Workers got vouchers worth K75,000

This was against the 13th cheque freeze which government confirmed that it remains in force by then.

According to our source, this is despite the reason that the lowest paid employee at the board, a watchman, receives about K200 000 salary per month.

In an interview with Nyasa Times, the board’s Acting Chief Executive Officer Mphatso Kawaye said the night long party was organized  using the social welfare funds.

He could not disclose the costs for the party.

On the shopping vouchers, Kawaye was mum saying he doesn’t have information as to where the funds came from.

“I am not aware but I can try to find out and come back to you with the information,” he said.

The ban of the 13th cheque by government encompassed everything that may in the end mean that extra money has been spent on staff, be it bonuses and shopping vouchers.

Meanwhile, the Central Medical Stores Trust has also been caught pants down after it splashed K18 million shopping vouchers to its employees.

The Trust’s Board Chairperson Evelyn Itimu was quoted in the Daily Times Newspaper as saying they were not aware of a moratorium not to give out shopping vouchers.

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Health Committee Juliana Lunguzi said the development is absurd saying that “those statements are just policies on paper like is the case with most austerity measures that the government purports to issue and people are just paying lip-services to them.”

Treasury spokesperson was quoted as saying government austerity measures are being applied across the board.

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What is happening in Ministry of Health? At a time when the Drug Budget is cut by 50%, hospitals have no drugs; patients have no food and Nurses on loving are not paid; how do you have two agencies lavishing themselves in opulence with money they are not authorized to spend? It seems you got managements that are accountable to themselves? Where is Government and not to mention the Boards? Mr Minister these are your failures. By the way could this be the result of your close association with the managers you take on lavish trips to China that now… Read more »
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