Malawi Police rearrest corruption whistle blower

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have rearrested a whistle blower who has risked his life to unearth corruption activities at Bwaila Hospital, a key factor that has sunk public services at the healthy facility.

Mayaya: Free the whistle blower
Mayaya: Free the whistle blower

Ramsy Mushani, spokesperson for Lilongwe police station confirmed the arrest on Monday of Donnex Banda, the executive director of Youth Health Network.

“He was arrested because he was not honouring his bail conditions,” said Mushani.

However, his statement sharply contradicted that of principal secretary for Health Macphil Magwira who said Banda was arrested because he was intimidating staff at the hospital.

His arrest comes at a time when he has been speaking loud against corruption at the public hospital when the former district health officer Mwai Mwale hired an expensive catering firm to provide food for patients and night shift staff.

However the hospital failed to pay a huge debt which has led to the abrupt end of provision of food to both patients and staff working on night shift.

Mwale has since been transferred.

Some speculations say the MM Catering firm belonged to him. He denies the allegations.

Civil Society activist Billy Mayaya has since asked for the immediate release of Banda.

Mayaya said Banda is a whistle blower who always wants to see an end to corruption at the hospital.

During his arrest, he was calling for the transfer of more top hospitals whom he accused of corruption.

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6 years ago

Zoona “central” onse akumanda adzati kwa amenewa:
9 Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming: it stirreth up the dead for thee, even all the chief ones of the earth; it hath raised up from their thrones all the kings of the nations.

10 All they shall speak and say unto thee, Art thou also become weak as we? art thou become like unto us?

11 Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols: the worm is spread under thee, and the worms cover thee

6 years ago

What is the essence then of encouraging people to come forward and expose corrupt officials? Double standards at its best!!! Iyi si directive inanso iyi from the forst office muja anachitira za “fisi” mu? Sincerely this is a SERIOUS WARNING ON THE WALLS OF THE EXECUTIVE!! My small tip to those with the names of the 7 Ministers is this: Be careful for you will be taken to the cooler just like poor Donnex Banda!! Chenjera Malawi, anthu awa zikuwanyansa kumaulula anthu amene akumabawa! Kindly, while it is good to expose them for the good of our mother Malawi, trade… Read more »

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