JB Says Malawi Govt Bloating Covid-19 Figures

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At a political campaign rally in Blantyre on Monday, former president Joyce Banda accused government of bloating Covid-19 figures and abusing resources meant to manage the pandemic in the country.

Banda also claimed that government is exaggerating the number of people who have died of the pandemic by importing “a body”.

She said this at a Tonse Alliance political campaign rally at Njamba in Blantyre. Banda said government is bloating Covid-19 cases in order to receive donor funding.

“They have imported a dead body from South Africa to increase the number of Covid-19 deaths in the country, so that people will be scared ahead of the fresh presidential elections,” alleged Banda.

While acknowledging the presence of the disease in the country, Banda said: “Covid-19 is real but the way this country is handling corona virus resources leaves a lot to be desired.

“The way government is abusing Covid-19 funds from the donor community is disheartening as much is being spent on allowances than for the intended purposes. In other countries Covid-19 funds are being properly managed by improving the  health sector just like we did in the country  by renovating  Ntcheu and Dedza district  hospitals during the  Mozambican civil war,” added the former President.

Recently the former President was censured by some quarters after a Facebook page post Banda accusing government of politicizing the Covid-19 threat in the country.

She claimed that there has been a lack of accurate information and political will in fighting the pandemic.

Health experts around the globe have warned politicians against politicizing the pandemic which has claimed over 347,000 lives worldwide.

Meanwhile Covid-19 positive cases in the have risen to 101 as 17 new cases have been recorded in the past 48 hours.

According to Minister of Health Jappie Mhango 13 of the cases are Malawians who returned from Zimbabwe, three truck drivers and a businessman from Karonga.

 Written by George Banda, MEC stringer

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