More rot at MASM: Top manager uses maiden name to defraud 

Just after Nyasa Times revealed how a finance manager at Medical Aid Society (MASM) was involved in a K15 million fraud scandal, we can reveal that another top manager used her maiden name to fleece millions of money from the society.

Mapemba: Changed some conditions of the contract to her benefit.

Nyasa Times can reveal that Head of Human Resources and Administration Linda Mapemba (nee Namitumbo) has been getting millions of kwachas from MASM for renting out a warehouse for storage of MASM files and other items in Blantyre using her maiden name.

Insider said Mapemba used her position to give herself a Warehousing contract using her maiden name of L. Namitumbo without declaring interest to executive management.

According to documents in Nyasa Times possession, Mapemba, as Head of Administration managed to nab the Warehousing contract from Aras Africa which had been offering the services since 2008. She started offering the services to MASM in 2010.

Mapemba changed some conditions of the contract to her benefit.

“The previous contract, the contractor would be responsible for maintenance of the warehouse including water, electricity and guard services but Madam Mapemba changed all that and MASM were paying for all these services,” said our impeccable source privy to the dealings at MASM.

According to a schedule of payments for the warehouse, Ms. L Namitumbo was paid K504,000 on 31 July 2010 through cheque number 4142. There are several expenses which MASM paid which were supposed to be paid by her as the owner of the warehouse.

Some of the expenses that MASM paid on behalf of Mapemba, well, Namitumbo, for instance in 2010 included electricity units, water and guard services at Safeguard security services.

In 2010 alone, Mapemba managed to defraud MASM the sum of K1,315,206.24.

This abuse has been continuing over the years and in 2012 some more expenses were included including vehicle hiring, maintenance of the warehouse, purchase of wire nails, shelves and casual labourers. MASM paid K1,186,016.62 in that year.

After relaxing and thinking all is well, Mapemba could no longer hide under her maiden name as she started drawing the money in her own name in 2013. For example, she was paid K92,400 through cheque number 13567 on 31st August 2012 as L Namitumbo and another K139,731.88 through cheque number 13981 on 30th November 2012 as L. Mapemba.

Insiders at MASM said this has been going on for years and MASM has been losing millions of kwachas through the deal.

Ironically, the society has been raising premiums that members pay to access health insurance especially in private hospitals. Many members of the society have been complaining of the high premiums yet millions were being lost to senior staff members of the society.

Mapemba did not respond to an email seeking her comment.

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Dezmond Zipangani
Dezmond Zipangani
9 months ago

The only people who can know details on a cheque such as cheque number and amounts involved are Finance people. Deal with these culprits

Chathengo
Chathengo
9 months ago

MASM is not a government institution. We are more interested with how public resources are being utilised not private resources. This is Chikoti issue and u can write to him direct.

Chisale
Chisale
9 months ago
Reply to  Chathengo

Just to let you know ACB is not there for corruption in government institution only. We as citizens should report any form of corruption whether is at the market, church or even bars. The thing is a lot of govt institution are rotten than private sector.

Vilhomwe Ndivimbuli
9 months ago

MMlomwe ndi Kuba ndi mimba ndi chakudya, welcome to Maula

Alfred Mula
Alfred Mula
9 months ago

This sounds like petty jelousies at MASM.
Do you mean that a lessor leases a property at no rental charge? Really? And do you expect the landlord to be doing petty maintenance of the let property? Really?

George Malemu
George Malemu
9 months ago
Reply to  Alfred Mula

The issue here is conflict of interest and not defrauding MASM because even if it could have been rented to someone else still MASM could have been paying. Conditions do change, do you mean the changes were made solely by her alone and none checked the contents of the contract.

odi
odi
9 months ago
Reply to  Alfred Mula

A lot of Jealous indeed.
This is the second story nyasatimes has posted regarding MASM management.
It looks like the jealous people at MASM have a willing partner at nyasatimes in defamation.

Nyasatimes needs to sued.

Phwisani
Phwisani
9 months ago

There is a virus at MASM accounts office which is busy leaking information about the organization. This is very dangerous. Often lazy employees are the ones fond if this. Management. Management needs to investigate and remove the silly staff.

Hom
Hom
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisani

So you are for fraud?

Sam Kams
Sam Kams
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisani

The guilty are always afraid ain’t no smoke without fire. Let corrupt people be rooted out.We want mess to be cleared so investors can come. There’s no virus

Gee
Gee
9 months ago
Reply to  Phwisani

Chiphwisi, umafuna kuti pamalo pakuchitika corruption basi anthu azichemelera?

Isaac Kazanga
Isaac Kazanga
9 months ago

Very true. No theft here.

myfriend
myfriend
9 months ago
  1. this is nothing compared to what Chikoti fleeces. Apart from bedding almost every pretty woman at Masm, Chikoti steals big time.
Benjones
Benjones
9 months ago

No wonder masm service is going down day by day. These personals have to answer.

Bauleni
Bauleni
9 months ago

God fearing malawians. Just a bunch of thieves

Kasim
Kasim
9 months ago

There is a lot of hatred among staff at MASM . Issues that are coming out can be better handled through internal disciplinary procedures. Mr Chikoti introduce whistleblower initiatives otherwise stories coming out of your institution have the potential to disrupt your business

Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
Mr Fact Kaviphwisi
9 months ago
Reply to  Kasim

Exactly, anthu sakuonelana kukondwa….

Mulopwana
9 months ago
Reply to  Kasim

Not at all. This is not internal. We pay these money and not them. Its our money and entrusted to care for them. Do u know that they themselvez dint pay any contribution yet get the best medical services. We have a say in this. Whistlebrowing is good to us and bad for internal business always.

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