Msungama justifies his India medical trip,  speaks on hair treatment : ‘It’s my own Masm scheme not taxpayers’

Minister of Youth and Sports Ulemu Msungama has justified his trip to India where he went for a medical help on a leg problem and said he had taken advantage of the trip to undergo  a back and head surgery.

Msungama (Left) with headbandage after treatment in India

In an audio voice notes he sent to Nyasa Times reporter, Msungama confirmed that  he had travelled to India to seek medical attention on his leg.

“I injured my leg while playing social football for Parliament team,” he said.

“I went to ACB Clinic  (in Lilongwe) and then I was referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital for MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging). Then the images were taken to Doctor Kampondeni for interpretation and I was recommended to go for surgery,” said Msungama.

“We have been processing this through Masm ( Medical Aid Society of Malawi  —the country’s biggest health insurance scheme by membership),” he said.

“Initially I wanted the surgery to be done in South Africa but with theCovid-19 threat , I opted for India. Of course if you compare the two, India is the best,” said Msungama.

Commenting on his pictures in head bandage which circulated on social media with claims that he had undergone a hair transplant after being paranoid of his hair loss, Msungama said he had to seek medical help on his back and tension headaches.

“Now because  I was here [India] , I took advantage of my presence. I had pain with my back and at the back of head and they did a surgery on that, hence the bandages,” he said.

Msungama said all the treatment was under his Masm scheme and not on taxpayers money, denying that K20 million was used for his medial bill.

On the hair transplant treatment, Msungama said : “I use hair fibres which I buy from UK . It’s almost equivalent K21 000  a bottle . I have another brother of mine who uses the same.”

Msungama has since returned home from the medical trip.

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Shocker
Shocker
6 months ago

We fail to send Athletes who need their legs more for surgery to India only wasting money on treating a minister’s leg which he does not need for his survival.

Wamuboma
Wamuboma
6 months ago

The payment in excess of MK19 million was made by Ministry of Sports. Since the Ministry had no budget line to cover this Treasury was forced to insert this line in the Ministry of Sports budget. Normally such payments for Ministers welfare are paid by OPC. Ministries are not supposed to cover payments like these for Ministers. MK19million covered travel expenses and hospital bill. The hospital had submitted an invoice for treatment. It is not good for the minister to be lying to Malawians. He better keep quiet and enjoy taxpayers money in silence. Masm should also desist from being… Read more »

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
6 months ago

Palibe nkhani yani yeni apa. Ma Jealous ndi amene achuluka.

Nduna ya Mfumu
Nduna ya Mfumu
6 months ago

Tiyambe kuwafufuza kuti akuba kwambiri ndi a chipani chanji? Inde ndi boma la tonse koma zili ngati boma la nyama za mntchire (nguluwe, anyalugwe, mikango, asakhwi, mimbulu, agwape, aswiswili onse akulamula dziko) Ndiye funso ndikumatu kodi mtundu wa nyama omwe ukubawo ndi uti? Kodi munawerengapo buku la animal farm? MCP imadana ndi buku limenelo.

Patrick
Patrick
6 months ago

Wait.!, we’re not sleeping don’t take our votes for granted..!

Njaunju Mussa
Njaunju Mussa
6 months ago

The Minister used tax payers money for covering his flights and allowances. He can’t deny this fact. The knee problem didn’t even require one to go to India, Beit Cure or KCH and Queens would do. Here at KCH, we are treating more critical issues than what he had. Comparing South Africa and India does not add any value. He lied that MASM covers for cosmetic surgery, this is not true. He is very dishonest.

Wa Yufi
Wa Yufi
6 months ago
Reply to  Njaunju Mussa

MASM must have paid for the knee problem in India, gov paid for his travel and allowances and perhaps he paid for his own hair thing? But even then it still looks like a waste of money…….

It’s the essence of why people fight governments mainly here in Africa, it’s simply to have access to poorly controlled public resources….

Mdala
Mdala
6 months ago

Aha, this is how servant leadership works! First you serve yourself….??? I hope you agree, this is not according to Christian values, Mr Chakwera?
This one is on a health spa in India and his bosses are doing a Siku tourney through the country! We the taxpayers should get worried, much input little outputs!
Where is the change gentlemen?
We voted for you, please facilitate the action!

Atuganire
Atuganire
6 months ago

A honourable Ulemu, mpakana ku India kukapanga DELETE ULEMU wapamutuwo…eeeh ndiye mwasala pang’ono kuyendera Chimtengo tu…ai pepani maloto sang’amba. Ba deletani! Ma airport avuta zeedi…

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Beware of the bad losers. The cadets.

Mogasa
Mogasa
6 months ago

mbuzi iwe

Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
6 months ago

Asaname.MASM does not cover cosmetic transplants like hair or plastic surgery. MASM yankhulanipo b4 anthu kudzadza seeking for similar transplants.

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