Drugs worth Sh83 million were allocated by the government to eight fake dispensaries in Kilwa District, Lindi Region between 2007 and 2010 following cheating by unscrupulous civil servants in the district council, it was learnt here recently.
Revealing the matter before the Kilwa District councillors full council meeting held at Kilwa Masoko recently, the District Council Executive Director, Mr Adoh Mapunda told the councillors that some unfaithful civil servants created eight fake dispensaries, six of them registered even before construction work was completed, and two were not physically existing.
He hinted to the full council that through the civil servants cheats, the central government was convinced and allocated Sh7.3 million each and thereafter the Medical Stores Department made the drugs allocation within the period. Mr Mapunda further told the councillors that the matter was unearthed following an initiative of assigning the council’s internal auditor to establish the facts of contracted dispensaries soon after he started to discharge his duties in the new station.
“Following intensive investigation of the internal auditor in 51 health stations, fake dispensaries listed for the drugs allocation were noticed, including Mitole, Hoteli Tatu, Kiranjeranje, Kisongo, Mchakama, Nangurukuru, Mikole and Kimbalambala,” said Mr Mapunda.
The DED expounded further that the internal auditor’s report gathered after visiting 51 health units also indicates that two out of eight fake dispensaries were allocated Sh14.7 million each. This brings the value of total drugs allocated to the fake dispensaries to Sh83 million.
The district executive told the full council that unfaithful civil servants made the council be allocated extra drugs beyond its actual demand. He said the extra allocation could have been sent to needy places in the country. Kilwa district has 43 dispensaries, five health centres and two hospitals.
The full council meeting commended the director’s initiative in uncovering misappropriation of drugs and urged him to ensure that the evils should be dealt with accordingly and must face the wrath of the law without fail.
Speaking on behalf of councillors, Mahadhi Nangoma who represents Lihimalyao ward, said the report should be given befitting treatment and the culprits must be taken before the courts to answer charges.
“This is very embarrassing and is economic sabotage of the highest order. Those concerned must be dealt with accordingly and there should be no mercy on them at all,” he underlined, amid applause from the full council.
The fake dispensaries mushroomed before the current District Executive Director was transferred to the district, where for a few years before the transfer, four other directors headed the district civil service.