Malawi Police thwart Bwaila Hospital protests: Arrest ring leader

Malawi Police in Lilongwe have arrested a member of staff at Bwaila District Hospital, thwarting a scheduled protests as the arrested person was the ring leader.

Ministry of Health spokesman, Chikumbe: No immediate comment
Ministry of Health spokesman, Chikumbe: No immediate comment

Junior staff at the hospital planned the peaceful protests to force the government transfer the district health officer Dr M. Mwale whom they are accusing of gross mismanagement and corruption.

Sources at the hospital said the planned demonstrations were set on Wednesday when the police picked up one of the ring leaders on an unrelated charges.

“Dr Mwale has grossly run down the hospital, he is very corrupt, the hospital spends a lot of money in paying to garages and catering services,” said  Nyasa Times source.

The junior staff says the DHO flatly refuses to assist members of staff when they are bereaved.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe asked for more time before commenting on the issue.

However, the protests come barely a week after a health civil rights body, Youth Health Network petitioned the minister of Health Peter Kumpalume to remove Dr Mwale and four other top officials accusing them of corruption and maladministration.

Other officials include the district medical officer, the principal administrator, the deputy district environment officer.

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tob zaw
tob zaw
6 years ago

I they were not given permission to protest peacefully they deserve to be arrested they r suppose to follow laws.

Mtchaya Chitungwiza
Mtchaya Chitungwiza
6 years ago

Pitani Ku sukulu amangwetu. Jealous bwanji. Olo kubwere wina DHO zidzakhala bwino? Mufuna DHO
aziwopa inu ma labourer? Shipiiiitii. Nanu akusamusileni Ku Chikwawa u labour ulikoso. Muma funa inu ndiye muzilamulira m’malo mwa DHO? Ambuye akuchitireni Chifundo.

Henry
Henry
6 years ago

When Government arrests peaceful demonstrations it’s a SIGN OF
DICTATORSHIP .. Malawians have seen this before I am sure .
Is Malawi a DEMOCRACY? Or just a pretense of democracy !..
WHY DO MALAWIAN AND AFRICAN LEADERS MAKE THE SAME MISTAKES
AND EXPECT A DIFFERENT RESULT!..

ITS A MATTER OF TIME BEFORE MALAWIANS WILL MAKE UP AND SAY
“Enough Is Enough’..

STOP ALOOWING CORRUPT SELFISH PEOPLE WHO GO INTO GOVERMENT
ONLY TO HELP THEMSELVES!..

manthu wolangiza..
6 years ago

People are jealousy when others work hard. Leave the DHO and his team to work. Lilongwe has always been a difficult district and the junior staff always want to have things their way and not to follow rules. Bravo police this country needs to have some.discipline.

chifanizo chachauta
chifanizo chachauta
6 years ago

zopanda umboni. bola ine ndilimbikile school ndidzakhale bwana ngati Dr Mwale. ground labourer akuyembekeza kukhala ndi mabenefits ofanana ndi dho????

Zebron
Zebron
6 years ago

Very sad that the police is arresting the innocent people insteady of investigating the root cause of the problem. Are the authorities aware that Dr mwale and his Lieuftenants are to corrupt, cashgaters and thieves? Should we really conclude that he is really being shielded by the DPP Government official as he claims to have some connection? Dr mwale and his staff are killing many people due to their cashgate activities. Shame to the government.

Dr Chaponda
Dr Chaponda
6 years ago

Nayeso Napwiri wakuba matress kuma ward mumumange. Uyu hule la ku ujeni

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