Thyolo DHSS, Administrator Demand K632 Million from Health Workers for Defamation

Thyolo district's Director of Health and Social Services, Dr. Arnold Jumbe and administrator, John Phiri have filed a claim demanding K632 million from some district health workers as damage for defamation.

In a claim letter through their lawyer, Zeros Matumba of Middleton chambers, the two said the health workers alleged in a petition to the Ministry of Health this month that Dr. Jumbe was supplying items at the district hospital and using office vehicles for personal use while, Phiri allegedly stole a generator and a vehicle.

Speaking to Zodiak Online on Saturday, Matumba has confirmed giving the health workers 14 days to settle the claim, failing which they will commence a legal action, indicating that an investigation by the district council has found the allegations as untrue.

"This followed an investigation by the district council clearing the two of their wrong doing. This tarnished their images because they were unfounded," he said.

In their petition to the Ministry of Health this month, some Thyolo health workers demanded the transfer of the seven district health managers including the two accusing them of office and sexual abuse, intimidations, drunkeness among others.

The workers also specifically, alleged  that Dr. Arnold Jumbe was supplying items at the district hospital and using office vehicles for personal use while, John Phiri allegedly stolen a generator and a vehicle.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the workers, Enerst Chisale said "we have received the letter through social media and so we will sit down to discuss on the way forward."

The concerned health workers are about 118.

However, this comes before the Ministry of Health has responded to the workers concerns including the claim.

The ministry's spokesperson, Adrian Chikumbe has told Zodiak Online that "we need more time on this to get a few more updates".

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