Health Professions Council of Zambia Chief Executive Officer Dr. Aaron Mujajati flanked by Health Professions Council of Zambia Chief operations Officer Kolala Mulenga (l) speaking to journalists during Health Professions Council of Zambia press briefing at there offices
Former Health Professions Council of Zambia Chief Executive Officer Dr. Aaron Mujajati flanked by Health Professions Council of Zambia Chief operations Officer Kolala Mulenga (l) speaking to journalists during Health Professions Council of Zambia press briefing at there offices

Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya has with immediate effect removed Prof. Sekelani Banda as Health Professional Council of Zambia Board Chairperson.

And the Civil Service Commission, has recalled from secondment, HPCZ Registrar, Dr. Aaron Mujajati, and redeployed him to Ndola Central Hospital.

Dr. Chilufya has replaced Professor Banda with Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary in charge of Administration Dr. Kennedy Malama.

Professor Banda will continue to serve as Director Training in the Ministry of Health and will focus on the onerous task of operationalising the Levy Mwanawasa Medical University, in his capacity as Deputy Vice Chancellor designate for the University. 

Dr. Chilufya has profusely thanked Prof Banda for his role in transforming HPCZ.

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  1. Chiltalu Chilufya and the the PF govt system of appointment sets up people for failure. I feel sorry for Mujajati, this a promising young man who with no requisite experience was appointed to run an institution he was not qualified to do so. Sekelani Banda on the other hand is a failure, failed at UNZA, failed at Cavendish and will fail at Levy, Why are positions at MoH advertised to recruit the best and most qualified?

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    • How can we have health systems without strict standards ?? Mujajati and Co. Brought an awareness that there is indeed a statutory body that can enforce this. Pharmacies, clinics, colleges all of substandard have been mushrooming across the country and no one seemed concerned till HPCZ started penalizing them. Some people commenting seem to want us to continue entrusting our lives to these levels of mediocrity ? What sort of animals have we become. Malama won’t be as agressive as Mujajati and team I don’t care what u think of the outgoing but to create that sense of standards was key for me regardless of what his motives we’re than having close to none

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    • I think Dr Mujajati did a good job at HPCZ. The problem is Zambians are used to mediocrity such that a person serious about and understands his job is seen as a nuisance!

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  2. HPCZ has been invaded by hardcore criminals, Chitalu Chilufya has done very well to make these changes and I hope Kennedy Malama will go further and purge other criminals whose activities have not contributed to the growth of the health sector. They have victimising selected individuals, especially those not willing to pay bribes. Some are supposed to be at Chimbokaila, well done Minister, you’ve saved the Govt from further embarrassment

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  3. This is a political move after Mujajati rightly condemned scrapped fake medical schools and derailed the PFs government plan to paint a picture that it has created more medical schools when in fact they are substandard

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  4. Mujajati was a plain nuisance! His only objective was making money in the name of closing institutions! In his over zealousness, he thought he could portray himself as the best doctor in Zambia who knows better much against the Oath he is supposed to uphold to treat his colleagues with respect and dignity! He must have stepped on Chilufya’s political toes by trying to close institutions in which Chilufya has some stake! Good riddance! We hope the one taking over can revise the $tupid Xenophobic fees where foreign specialists are made to pay 6 times what their local counterparts pay. That is madness because no country in the world is self-sufficient where specialist talent is concerned! Zambia needs to attract more foreign specialists to address the current deficits negatively impacting…

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  5. Mujajati was a plain nuisance! His only objective was making money in the name of closing institutions! In his over zealousness, he thought he could portray himself as the best doctor in Zambia who knows better much against the Oath he is supposed to uphold to treat his colleagues with respect and dignity! He must have stepped on Chilufya’s political toes by trying Zambia needs to attract more foreign specialists to address the current deficits negatively impacting efficiency and cost-effectiveness of care! We must understand as Africans that Diversity is healthy for cross-pollination of best practice! Good job Chilufya! Wanya Wanya was Mujajati’s downfall! Let us all learn from his mistakes!

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    • I dont know what Mujajati used to do behind closed doors but I like his approach to work. His strictness on medical training standards could have made Zambia become a medical training hub in Africa. But unfortunately in Africa such people are viewed suspiciously within the ruling political circles. This is a case of I will show him that Iam the Minister. To H.ell with you Chilufya who are enemies of progress.

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  6. THIS WAS ALMOST EXPECTED. MUJAJATI HAD GONE TOO FAR CLOSING INSTITUTIONS. SOMETIMES YOU HANDLE SUCH MATTERS ADMINISTRATIVELY. YES THERE WAS SOME WRONG DONE BUT THAT IS NOT THE WAY THINGS ARE HANDLED. FOR EXAMPLE SOME GOVERNMENT HEALTH INSTITUTIONS WERE BUILT EVEN BEFORE INDEPENDENCE AND THEY HAVE NEVER PAID ANY AFFILIATION OR ANNUAL REGISTRATION FEES. HPCZ GAVE THEM 14 DAYS TO PAY ALL THE MONIES THEY HAVE NEVER PAID FOR THE LAST 55 YEARS OR RISK BEING CLOSED. SO WHAT DO YOU DO? PROVINCIAL HEALTH DIRECTORS AND DISTRICT HEALTH DIRECTORS HAVE BEEN PANICKING HOW AND WHERE TO GET SUCH MONIES.
    YOU CLOSE CBU SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND LEAVE APEX OR CAVENDISH WHICH ACCEPT ANY ONE REGARDLESS OF THEIR GRADE 12 RESULTS. SO WISDOM NEEDED TO BE APPLIED. OF COURSE YOU END UP STEPPING ON PEOPLES TOES WHO…

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  7. Good action Dr. Chilufya. Those two Banda and Mujajati thought they had arrived. They have never in their lives worked anywhere but Zambia UTH. Now they wanted to set standards based on how hospitals look in movies. Good riddance to rubbish. Now let see how Mujajati will work in the hospital he wanted to close

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    • He wanted to bring standards to what they should have been. What do you mean he wanted to set standards based on how hospitals look in movies. You obviously haven’t seen hospitals in places such as the US. You need your eyes opened.

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  8. My my humble opinion I think Mujajati was doing the right thing except he needed to learn that problem are not resolved in the acrimonious way. Give chance to dialogue.

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  9. I fail to comprehend how a nuisance Mujajati was. Whatever he was doing, he was following the law. Unless someone tells me that law should not be implemented. Every action of Mujajati was within the arm bit of law. There is too much abrogation of the law in this nation. No wonder law breakers are celebrating the deployment of Mujajati. He brought sanity in most health centres. Bootlickers are highly respected in this nation as compared to professionals. It is a big shame!!!

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    • He was following the Law without wisdom! In fact he was abusing the provisions of the Law to make money for himself and the cronies he surrounded himself with! The Rule of Law demands Equal application of the law for all individuals and institutions! If you are not a Lawyer, don’t try to masquerade as one! Let him eat his humble pie now after stepping on political toes!
      Wenze kuona monga HPCZ ni ya Anyoko?

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    • @10.1 what you’re saying is nonsense. If he was profiting off of his job why didn’t you report him to the ACC? You’re celebrating because you’re one of those mediocre performers who was quaking in your Bata shoes at the thought of a visit from Mujajati.

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  10. Mujajati was objective, he followed provisions of the law to the latter, he erred in challenging the status quo. We will miss him on Radio 4 Saturday medical program.

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    • I think Mujajati could have closed one of the fake schools and pharmacies selling expired drugs for PF politicians. They are annoyed with him. Can’t trust Minister of health it is alleged he is corrupt.

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  11. GOOD RIDDANCE,YOU DISCOVER ONE VIAL OF EXPIRED INJECTABLE DRUG AND YOU GO CLOSE THE ENTIRE SINOZAM HOSPITAL,EVEN INCONVENIENCING CRITICALLY ILL PATIENTS?RUMOR HAS IT THAT 2 PATIENTS ENDED UP DYING AT KITWE CENTRAL HOSPITAL.

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    • AND PENALIZING THEM A LOT OF MILLION KWACHAS,AND SCANDALIZE THEM VIA THE MEDIA.YOU HAVE KILLED THEIR BUSINESS. SINOZAM IS THE BEST HOSPITAL ON THE COPPERBELT IN TERMS DIAGNOSTIC FACILITIES

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  12. Mujajati was a bit overzealous with some of the actions taken like he wanted to make a name for himself as a champion of standards. Sometimes dialogue works better so that at least patients are not inconvenienced.

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  13. Anione anione anankala pansimbi yokupya!
    Kulibonesha!
    An overzealous Coachroach always ends in trouble!
    I’ll never forgive HPCZ for causing my relative to be prematurely discharged and ending up dying because someone wanted to make a name in the name of standards ignoring all common sense! Since CEO are still to be held accountable for their actions even when they are fired, this Lawsuit over the loss of my loved one will be extended to all individuals acting in the name of HPCZ on that fateful day! Mwachilamo ubupuba!

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