May 8, 2021

CDEDI investigates Msungama saga, shooting of Polytechnic student

The Centre for Democracy and Development Initiatives [CDEDI] says it is following up on two stories of Hon. Ulemu Msungama’s health trip to India where he went for surgery and the merciless shooting of a second year Computer Engineering Polytechnic student, Blessings Nyondo.

CDEDI has promised Malawians that it will issue a statement or write the Minister, Hon. Msungama and the appointing authority, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera saying Malawians have huge interest because of the secrecy surrounding the matter.

On the merciless shooting of Blessings Tembo, CDEDI says the matter has attracted more questions and the authorities have failed to provide the answers.

Blessings allegedly mercilessly shot at by police

In a statement dated 08 January 2021 signed by its Executive Director, Sylvester Namiwa, CDEDI says it is putting on record that matters of health as on Hon. Msungama, should be treated with privacy they deserve.

CDEDI says as the Minister being a public officer, at least informing the nation about his trip to India to seek medical attention was enough since the Minister used tax payers’ money.

The organization claims that there is a long queue of Malawians at the country’s major referral hospitals with terminal illnesses requiring specialized treatment, but the Ministry of Health is yet to refer them to such foreign countries as India.

It says Malawians are shocked that Hon. Msungama decided to by-pass such long queues with a medical problem that would have easily been handled locally.

…”This was insensitive on the part of the Minister, and we are disappointed that President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera authorized Msungama to travel to such very flimsy justifications, at the expense of the tax payers’ money,’’……reads part of the statement.

CDEDI says the story of Blessings Nyondo has attracted more questions to many Malawians, the authorities have failed to provide answers, reminding Malawians of another shooting incident at Bumbwe trading centre in Thyolo, assuring Malawians that it will issue a statement at an appropriate time.

Meanwhile, CDEDI in an another development, says it has written the Blantyre City Council making a fresh notice to hold peaceful demonstrations on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 from 0900 hours jointly with the Blantyre Small Scale Business Operators.

CDEDI informed the authorities of the planned peaceful demonstrations on 08 January 2021 and received no official acknowledgement of CDEDI’s notice, describing this as archaic and draconian tactics to deny the citizens their constitutional right to peaceful demonstrations by sitting on the letter up to date.

The organization tried in vain to contact the Chief Executive Officer [CEO], all his mobile phones were out of reach after being verbally informed by the Personal Secretary for the CEO on Wednesday, 06 January 2021 that her boss had travelled to Lilongwe on official duties.

By Vincent Gunde

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