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‘I am ready to resign,’-Kandodo Chiponda

The Minister of Health Khumbize Chiponda declares that she is ready to resign, if found guilty of abusing Covid 19 response funds.

Chiponda was reacting to comments from legislators after presenting a Covid-19 situational report in parliament on Wednesday.

She is also the Co-Chairperson of the Presidential Taskforce on Covid 19 which allegedly draws huge allowances during their meetings.

Democratic Progressive Party-DPP legislator for Mulanje South West George Chaponda told Chiponda to resign for failing to manage the funds.

Chaponda said many people have succumbed to Covid-19 due to a lack of essential treatment and yet funds were allegedly abused under her watch.

This follows revelations of massive plunder of 6.2 billion kwacha which the Treasury released in August last year for Covid 19 response.

The Health Minister has since challenged parliament to investigate if indeed cabinet ministers (including her) pocket allowances during Covid-19 meetings.

“If indeed after the audit, if indeed after the investigations you find that I, Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda used to take allowance when we were meeting in here in Lilongwe, I will be the first one to resign, I am an honest person,” she challenged.

There have also been questions on why she is still carrying out duties while former Co-chairperson John Phuka has been fired from the taskforce over the issue of the abused Covid response funds.

Various Civil Society Organisations are however not relenting on their calls for transparency on how the K6.2 billion was used.

Youth activist, Charles Kajoloweka who is Executive Director for Youth and Society is demanding the authorities to make public a report indicating how the funds were used.

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Sixteen officials from the Department of Disaster Management Affairs-DoDMA are currently in police custody for being accused of benefiting from the funds in question.

And despite being highly critical on the matter, leader of opposition in parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa is also on record to have pocketed K3.6 million as an allowance.

The development continues to attract public criticism, with a majority piling pressure on the authorities to release the report, as allegations that the government is shielding the real culprits grow.

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