Malawi Government in hot soup!

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The Malawi government has come under fire for its decision to withdraw nurses it had recently recruited without providing valid reasons.

The withdrawal is however widely believed to be due to lack of funds.

One of the withdrawn nurses who opted for anonymity has told Malawi24 that the decision has heavily affected the nurses.

Goodall Gondwe and Peter Mutharika

What is wrong? Finance Minister seems as asking President Pete Mutharika. (File)

“Some of us were sent to work in the north yet we are from the south, and we had to pay rent for 3 months in advance after borrowing money, hoping to refund after being paid salary.

“Now they are saying we are no longer employed and it’s worrying. We can’t rely on private hospitals to employ us since they are few and they want people with over 5 years of experience,” said the withdrawn nurse.

Commenting on the issue, executive director for Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) Martha Kwataine told Malawi24 that the decision is “embarrassing” and is a “violation of human rights.”

Kwataine questioned the commitment of government to improve the health sector which is already struggling because of shortage of nurses.

Kwataine said: “Why did government give them scholarships in the first place and the money it got from the donors. All of a sudden it says it don’t have money to pay them. This does not make sense and it’s a violation of human rights because these people are psychologically affected.

Martha Kwataine

Kwataine: The news is bad.

“They were given expectations and some had to borrow money expecting that at the end of the month they will get paid.”

According to Kwataine a coalition called Human Union Health Coalition which includes Doctor Unions, Nurses Union, Paramedics and Uchembere Nurses will engage the government to reverse its decision.

“We are not letting this to happen, we have met and will meet again to make sure that the decision is reversed. It’s the treasury that said there is no funding. Why should there be funding for a United Nations (UN) trip and no funding for health workers?” questioned Kwataine.

The withdrawal has affected all nurses with diplomas and degrees recruited less than a month ago. This comes a few weeks after government also refused to employ nurses from Malawi College of Health Sciences Blantyre campus for no particular reasons.

But it further went ahead to employ nurses from Kamuzu college of Nursing (KCN) and Christians Health Association of Malawi (CHAM) colleges who have now been withdrawn.

 

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  1. Wht I wud say z simple. Malawi shal never develop. Malawi has no resorces that cn make it rich. U cnt depend on being doneted ol the tym jst frm scratch.jst reconcile with the British so that malawi has to be under British government. Malawi itself shal never change. Even if u change up to 100 candidates. Aaaaammmm soooorrryyy.

  2. Koma za form two zokha need reverse otherwise ngati ndinjira yo savera za marking ,invigiration.,production and issuing of certificates siigwira mukadzachoka tidzabwerezetsa

  3. Abale dziwani kuti wolamulira wa ndale sangathetse mabvuto adziko la Malawi ngakhale pa dziko lonse. Ndi Yesu yekha amene YEHOVA wamukhadzika kale pampando kudzachita zimenezi. Daniel 2 v 44. 7v13. 14.

  4. bakili anangotiberabera nkuchokapo ataonongaononga kutabwera bingu zinthu zinayamba kulongosoka koma mbuzi zina zinamusokoneza munthu nkuyamba kupanga zosadziwika bwino nawo amai a chapaphewa aja ankalongosola zinthu zina kwinaku akuonongaso akakhala bwampiniyu nde eeeish! zungokhala ngati ntsogoleri kulibe antaaaa……God is watching you shud kno

  5. I SAID ALREADY that this nation has been poisoned en its dying. READ the book of Isaiah,sum1 asked “LORD how long will it be like this? THE LORD said” until the cities r ruined and empty_Until the houses r inhabited_Until the land itself becomes a desolate waste” So don’t worry guys coz Its already written let it b fulfilled

  6. we asked donors to help us train nurses they funded us… so are we expected to go back to donors and tell them we have failled to pay the nurses again? malawi is crushing down the drain

  7. Chakwela sakuziona zimenez mwina atha kumamususa apa ndee kaya peter angochoka watikwana kwabasi bols ayendese asilikali basi

  8. Amalawi tsopano mwayamba kulira tsopano,mesa atangolengeza kuti peter wawina munatisokosa.Mwaiwala kuti mumkavina pakati pa usiku mu town ya BT. Ndiye lero waipanso mukuti bola kwa PHARAO # munanyanya kumupopa.Sugar pano k600,bread k300 koma mafuta sanakwere ndiye akakwera nanga? CHALA CHANGA

  9. Izi Zikuchitika Chifukwa Tidalakwitsa Tokha Pa Chisankho Chija.Timasankha Anthu Oti Makhalidwe Awo Tikuwadziwa Koma Timapita Kubanja Komweko Ngati Ndi Umfumu?Tiyeni Timupemphe Ambuye Achitapo Kanthu Sangatisiye Chonchi Ndife Zolengedwa Zake.Enanu Mukukamba Zopita Kunja Kodi Mukapita Mavutowa Kumalawi Kuno Akutha?

  10. Goverment running on borrowed forex ; No mines, poor Tobacco sales, with miopic leadership with borrowed lake Malawi & Ivory from TZ; Whats next? Lets try exporting Chamba as advise by the British – advised by ambassador Michael Nevin: The only solution left is exporting Chamba to save our landlocked country;

  11. Even peter atasiya but still we wil have problems in malawi. Is not the president but a bible prophesy. Zowawa zoophya matsiku otsiliza. This is just the beggining. Sitinati just pray hard even harder.

  12. kodi mesa zisilu zimenez zmalenga zero aid budget ndiye zayamba chan? mungochosa anthu oti angatithandize mukusiya zisilu zomwe zili m’boma osamazchosa

  13. More to come silly Malawians to vote for thieves to lead them as a president If Bingu started stealing the money then what do they expect Peter to do still dying with poverty the citizens of Malawi bcoz of Stupid ignorant citizens!!!!!

  14. Kkkkkkkkkkklkklkkkkk ,,,, dnt wory, the country is under Professors evrythn gonna be alryt soon whether there was embezzlement of funds frm both camps, DPP & PP ,,,,, So we are lucky to be ruled by Professors who can transform this country wthn 2 yrs ,,,,,, But considering to the fct that a Professor will always demand a high package, and Malawi is alredy under financiall pandemoniums, so those professors will jst ruin out the already financial crippled country by creating sm unnecesary foreign trips ,,,,,, So who is going to resuscitate this country frm that financial crisis ? 10,000 nurses against 17 million ppl is quiet amazing ,,,,,,,

  15. i think we Malawians must b stupid, we voted 4 him why r we criticizing him too early?this is what we chose….”ukaziputa limba,walira mvula walira matope,kafula pa njira katama mano,okwatila kwa mphezi saaopa kung’anima….”(musova mu dzina la Yesu)

  16. donors withdrew ther money due to cashgate hence gvt has no money thats y the nurses were withdrewen so its not Dpp fault,,,,nevertheless the president could hav found another solution rather than withdrawing already employed nurses…..Convict the cashgaters fast and win donor trust coz only then things will be okay…..Malawi is currentry running on zero deficit budget but the truth z that we cant survive on zero deficit budget unless kamuzu resurects or we get back to colonial rule……………God bless Malawi

  17. Simungadabwe munthu wankulu ankalira nafwenthera mamina kunali kulilira zinthu zake zimenezi! Uku enanu muli buzy kuphwanya zidebe mwati kusangalalira victory! Akulu odanena kut #mphechepeche_mwanjobvusadutsamo_kawiri.
    Malawi @ 50!
    Ndale za chikuwawe mapeto ake ndi amenewa sizinati…3yrs more! Unless otherwise!

  18. Paja munkafuna prof. ndi ameneyotu, munkachita kuonjezera ma figure ndi Mbendera wanu uja nde lero mukulira chaaani? zitsiru inu eti

  19. Kodi anthu ogwira ntchito m’boma alandira mofulumira mwezi uno wa September? All affected nurses should start demonstration! If you dont show any action you will be left like that. In fact all nurses in Malawi should down their tools because this mapwevupwevu govt has shown that it doesnt care about you.

  20. This president of ours doesn’t care abt the pple who voted for him, he only cares abt him self and his squad, I will be very happy if someone take care of him. He know s that if he gets sick he will use govt money to go abroad for treatment while we dance off our ass crying for help .he lie to citizens as if they are blind he has to play role of father but no let me enjoy this while we open our mouth. Crying grinding our teeth this doesn t help us at all .enjoy while it lasts we r tired of this now .WHERE DID WE MALAWIANS WENT WRONG?? GOD save this country from selfish leaders before its late.#peaceout

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