A National Capital District Provincial Health Authority (NCDPHA) manager (name withheld) is under investigation for paying himself K1 million in the last fortnight.
Minister for Health Dr Lino Tom confirmed the investigation into the allegations of payroll fraud within the NCDPHA.
“The matter was reported by staff from the NCDPHA who were not paid last pay period. I am utterly disappointed to learn that a government officer in a position of authority within the NCDPHA paid himself more than K1 million on the last pay day disadvantaging many other hard working staff.”
According to information received by Post-Courier the manager was said to have resigned however there has been no record of his resignation on the payroll record. This indicates that he is still employed.
It was found that he had received two payments of gratuities with a third gratuity payment which was paid in the last pay 13, the total amount of the first two payments was K771,831 with the third payment at K29,362 totalling just over K1 million.
Attempts to get through to the Chief Executive Officer of the NCDPHA Dr Steven Yennie through his phone numbers, Whatsapp and personal email was unsuccessful for comment in regards to the allegations against his officer.
Minister Tom said, “I have given full backing to the NDOH audit team who are liaising with the Departments of Finance and Personnel management to halt the payments, recoup the funds and where possible initiate criminal proceedings against those responsible.
This recent allegation comes to light after the announcement of amendments to the Provincial Health Authority Law to improve accountability.
In Amendment 9 of the 12 amendments to be changed in the PHA Act, the Complaint and Investigations will see a new Part IIIA and 35A added to allow for a person to file complaints with the PHA Board in matters relating to the receipt of poor health services and other related issues present in the PHA.
However, in the event that the aggrieved is of the view that the complaints have not been managed well by the Board and CEO, they may seek higher assistance from the Health Minister and the Minister may direct independent investigations as the National Health Board to carry our investigation on the complaints and manage the outcome accordingly.
“There are other instances of corruption which the NDOH is investigating under the leadership of Secretary Dr Osborne Liko,” Minister Tom added.
“I commend the staff who spoke out against the irregularities and reported the matter to the NDOH management.”
Source : Post Courier
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