Chakwera told to fire minister Kandodo Chiponda

By Chancy Namadzunda:

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has questioned President Chakwera’s selective justice when handling the K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds Saga.

Since reports on the funds mismanagement at Department of Disaster Management Affairs (Dodma) emerged, Chakwera ordered an immediate overhaul of the country’s civil service, saying the “whole system is corrupt and in need of cleanup.”

He fired DoDMA commissioner James Chiusiwa and a co-chairperson of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Dr John Phuka for failing to demand accountability on funds spent on fighting the pandemic.

He also fired cluster heads for submitting questionable documents on the expenditure of the funds which were “clear signs of negligence and lack of preparation.”

The police recently arrested Dodma Deputy Director Fyawupi Mwafongo and others in connections with the abuse of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds.

However, addressing the media in Lilongwe on Tuesday, the organization led by Chairperson Gift Trapence and National Coordinator Luke Tembo, HRDC wondered why Chakwera did not fire Health Minister Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda because the scandal has happened under her watch.

Tembo feared that Kandodo Chipinda is being protected for political reasons.

Kandodo Chiponga a ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Parliamentarian for Kasungu South East constituency.

She is a direct relation to the late Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda, first president of Malawi and founder of MCP.

The Kamuzu family commands a lot of respect within the party

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