MASM fires 6 junior staff over fraud, leaves out ‘Che Jumos’ Katunga and Mapemba

Cover up! Beleaguered bosses at Medical Aid society of Malawi (Masm) have fired six junior staff over fraud leaving out two big bosses who have been implicated in fraudulent activities which has cost the society millions of Kwachas.

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Nyasa Times spoke to two of the six casualties who confirmed that indeed they have been sent packing for illicit deals with money meant for the Society

Our sources said the six were fired recently for being discovered that they were collecting money from the clients and never remit the same into the official account.

“Yes it was a big syndicate we just thank God that the syndicate was discovered so quickly before major damages,” said our source.

Nyasa Times can also reveal that one of the fired employees is the daughter of a board director who has been backing the theft of his daughter.

However, some senior sources said the move is a ‘smoke screen’ as two of their senior colleagues, Chief Financial Officer Dr Ulemu Katunga and Head of Human Resources and Administration Linda Mapemba have also been implicated in fraud scandals and have been left scot free.

“Look, those six guys who have been fired were wrong yes and were supposed to be fired indeed, true. But we have the cases of Dr Katunga who was using the company’s credit card for personal use and abused K15 million not being touched. Then there is the issue of Mrs (Linda) Mapemba who also abused company funds by paying herself millions of society funds using her maiden name and these two people have not even been called for disciplinary hearing. What kind of justice is this,” said one senior member who refused to be named.

Masm Board Chairperson John Biziwick declined to comment on the matter.

But Masm Chief Executive Officer Sydney Chikoti could neither confirm nor deny the allegations.

“These are internal matters which we deal with following normal disciplinary processes I cannot go in public,” he said refusing to take further questions.

A small survey on some Masm Members has revealed that most members are dismayed with the rot at the institution and are now calling for an extra ordinary general meeting to get answers on what is happening at the society.

Masm has of recent registered some gains in its quest of ensuring that people have access to adequate medical help.

The society partnered a Zimbabwean-based medical insurance firm Health International which will ensure that its members accesses services provided by the foreign firm at a certain premium for each package.

The medical insurance comes in two packages namely Super Emerald Membership Plan, with a $500,000 (about MK380 million) worth of benefit per person per year and Platinum Diamond Membership Plan with a $2 million (MK1.5 billion) worth of benefit person per year.

Chikoti in an earlier interview at the launch of the partnership said the partnership is in response to the needs of its clients.

“The kind of packages we were providing were not as adequate as expected by our clientele. There are some members who were willing and can afford more enhanced kind of packages, hence this partnership. The partnership comes with an assurance to our customers that should there be an emergency, they are fully covered,” said Chikoti.

The packages cover medical emergencies, evacuations by road and air, including cross-border, elective procures, pre-authorized specialist referred in the region and India, treatment for cancer, cover throughout sub-Saharan Africa and travel worldwide by purchasing top up days.

There is fear that the fraud scandals that have rocked Masm will have a dent on the partnership hence the need for an extra-ordinary AGM, according to insiders.

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Mr Kasungu
7 days ago

The best way forward is to allow this man to resign because what he is doing is in conflict of interest.

He cannot be support the alleged thieves by giving them cash.
This is totally unacceptable.

At the same time let me congratulate Bwana Sydney Chikoti for the job well done.

Ndadabwa
7 days ago

Linda cannot be disciplined because she the 2nd wife of chikoti. linda ali ndi mwana m’modzi ndipo bambo wake ndi chikoti osati mapemba. Linda ali ndima warehouse 6 which gives her over 8 million per month. Sangamuchotse ntchito ndekuti chikoti ayaluka. Kumbali amagonanso ndi ma board member

Benjones
Benjones
8 days ago

Very shameful people.

Visitor
Visitor
8 days ago

Corruption is a witchcraft practices. So one is spared, This is earthly benefits, not even one is spared in heaven. You guys better repent

mtete
mtete
8 days ago

As usual, the culprits always refuse to go alone. They make sure they stir the mud in the process. I would have the wrongdoers were given a fair trial.
By the way, how long has Chikoti been CEO? Overstaying is a catalyst for corruption.

Zio ine
Zio ine
8 days ago

This issue will go no where . Katunga and Chikoti are involved in illicit syndicate where they fleece MASM..Bizwick is very sleepy and can not take Chikoti to task.
Imagine since he went to customs, boys are stealing big time by clearing goods duty free. These days if you want duty fr33 just use the Mias

John chidongo
9 days ago

Good deal! Achita bwino. Inu si aja mwayamba kumanena zoti kunyamulira matenda pa ngolo ndi za chikale kufuna kuti anthu osauka atani inu. Adzikhala ndimatenda pakhomo chifukwa akanyamulira pangolo ndi zachikale. Akanamaliza zonse kuzitafuna.

Mbwiyembwiye
Mbwiyembwiye
9 days ago

A chejumo ochenjera amadyesa ma decision makers. Zikatero angadye motani zimavuta kuwagwedeza. Koma Ena akapita Mulungu ngwa dongosolo amachotsabe rubble.

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
9 days ago

Masm is a big mess. 1. We know bwana chikoti has a company run by harvey that supplies medical resources to all masm clinics. Chikoti is milking this institution in this way. Most of the senior personnel.are aware of this. 2. We know bwana chikoti sleeps with girls or ladies in exchange of employment at masm. 85% of women working at masm have ever slept with chikoti. These are facts from some of us who are inside the organisation.

basam
basam
8 days ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

True. Winanso mkazi amagwira ku Zodiak(BT) koma pano anasiya anampatsa mwana. Chikoti koma azimayi

Dan
Dan
8 days ago
Reply to  basam

Bravo bwana Chikoti this is good decision to fire them

Allan
8 days ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

Thanks for this Bravo

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