CMST Strengthens Fight Against Fraud and Corruption

By Alfred Mthandizi

In a bid to block dishonest workers who might want to enrich themselves through corruption and fraud, Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) has strengthened security in all its premises.
Investigations carried out by our reporters in Lilongwe and Blantyre has revealed that the medical procuring body has increased security in all its warehouses and in all its accounting systems.
Visits to Lilongwe and Blantyre offices revealed that the CMST has installed CCTVs Cameras in all its warehouses and compartments.

Our investigations have also revealed that all of the doors in warehouses visited have revealed that they are installed with biometric finger detected systems. Trust has strengthened corruption and fraud prevention policy.

In a document seen by Nyasa Times signed by CMST Chief Executive Officer, Feston Kaupa, the trust does not allow offering, giving, receiving or soliciting of a benefit which can be money or non-monetary to unduly influence an action or decision of an employee or any other CMST official.

Section 5, subsection 1 of the policy requires that any official receiving gifts should disclose about the gift using Gift, Hospitality and Entertainment Disclosure Form which is in Appendix 1.
Recently, Central Medical Stores Trust procurement officer James Fombe surprised the nation when he wedded his long time fiancé, Mphatso at a glittering K68 Million wedding ceremony at the glamorous and posh Livingstonia Beach Hotel in Salima. Fombe has since been suspended and is currently under Anti-Corruption Bureau investigations.

Meanwhile some Malawians have commended the trust for the good job which is aimed at ensuring of transparency and accountability in the distribution of medical supplies.

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