In an attempt of cleaning the dirty slate, Malawi President Mutharika has said he will take over the responsibility of inspecting construction works
Mutharika, who is at pains to come to terms of how the evils of corruption and looting that are rocked his government leaked, has been quiet for some time, but came on the lime light when he warned stakeholders in the construction of the state-of-the-art National Cancer Centre not to give excuses that would affect the unveiling of the structure in time.
Other than trying to make a name out of nothing, Mutharika’s warning is an attempt to have some structure to show to the public that his government has managed to do something in the health sector, which is greatly rocked with drug pilferage and mismanagement of funds under his reign.
The initial project line is one and half months meaning the project would be completed before the crucial 2019 elections, which is not giving resting time the DPP government as the fall of the party is so eminent.
The project is made possible with a loan of K5.4 billion from Opec Fund for International Development (Ofid) and is been constructed near Kamuzu Central Hospital in capital Malawi.
Warned the clueless Mutharika during the stone breaking ceremony: “Minister of Health, I want this completed within the one and half years and I will be coming here myself to check and make sure that there is progress on it. I want it done by that time.”
The Malawi lead sounded concerned with the alarming statistics of 14,000 people diagnosed with cancer and said many are losing their lives because the country has no immediate and quality cancer treatment services.
It is expected that when put in proper use, the facility will help the government of Malawi cut on the costs of sending patients abroad by at least 50 percent.
“For so long, we have been sending many people abroad like in India for radiotherapy treatment .The country cannot manage to send all patients for treatment abroad so when this centre is completed it will also cut the cost of government spending on foreign treatment in addition to having our patients treated timely,” he said
The project was initially scheduled to start in January last year but it is said that the project failed to kick off due to the depreciation of kwacha.
The warned Mutharika’s namesake, Dr. Peter Kumpalume sounded calm. The minister of health only said there are expectations that all stakeholders involved in the project will do everything possible to have the project completed in time.
There has been shady deals under the administration of President Peter Mutharika that has left many Malawians suffering in nearly all the spheres of life.
Unfortunately, the professor of law seems to be clueless not only on how manage the country but those suspected to be looting the nation, also, an issue that has made the country and the development partners to lose trust in the professor and his government.
Ironically, the DPP government has chosen to play the nasty things low and try to smear the dirt to innocent sols and parties.