CMST officials reported that drugs valued at about K10 billion (US$ 12.1million) have expired since 2018. The officials said the acceptance of "all manner of donations" without their knowledge have contributed to the expiry of medicines and medical supplies.
CCJP officials say the lack of drugs "is worrisome" and call for "urgent accountability actions by relevant duty bearers."
The ECM officials also urge Malawi’s Ministry of Health and lawmakers to monitor and audit drug management systems in the Southern African country regularly.
In their four-page statement, the CCJP officials raise concerns about uncertainties around the implementation of food security programs, which they say “are a great threat to the livelihood of many.”
CCJP officials add that the security of the Affordable Inputs Program (AIP) commodities “is another apprehension in light of reports of theft of the inputs in some areas of the country.”
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ADMARC continued delays in the purchase of maize is also an issue of concern for Malawi’s CCJP officials who says the interruptions "will lead to the economic exploitation of most poor farmers.”
“This is also a recipe for disaster as far as national and household food security is concerned,” they say, referencing the delayed purchase of maize.
To address the food security issues, the officials of ECM call for the “depoliticization of the AIP to ensure its effectiveness and efficiency.”
They go on to recommend “an honest reform and review of the operationalization of ADMARC in order to enhance its efficiency and effectiveness.”
In the December 8 statement shared with ACI Africa, CCJP officials say they are saddened by the new procurement system at the National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA), and note that its introduction "smacks of a slap in the face of ordinary and hardworking Malawians who deserve a good business environment."
"Despite efforts by the local haulage to have NOCMA officials use the Extank system of procuring fuel, NOCMA officials have gone ahead to introduce a new system called DPU, which was not part of the bidding document," they say
"We are worried that continued failure by the Government and appropriate authorities to take concrete action on the fuel procurement mess entails potential rent-seeking and corruption," CCJP officials say, and pose, "Who is the ultimate beneficiary of this mess?"
In their statement titled, “Heed The Cry of the People: The Call of Moses”, Malawi’s CCJP officials call on the leadership of the country to "heed the cry of the citizens most of whom have lost hope in the current Government’s ability to live up to its campaign propaganda – let alone lift them out of their daily worsening living conditions."
"The growing frustration and loss of hope by citizens should be addressed as matter of urgency," they say and add that the government "should match its decorated local and international speeches with actions that would benefit Malawians."
They further call upon Malawi’s political leadership to "walk the talk in implementing austerity measures in light of the undesirable prevailing socio-economic situation.”