THE Global Fund and Ministry of Health and Social Services partnership has claimed another casualty: Pamela Onyango, the Programme Management Unit (PMU) director was sacked a week ago.
Kahijoro Kahuure, the ministry's Permanent Secretary (PS), confirmed that he had given Onyango the boot.
According to him, she was sacked because she used Global Fund money for a tuberculosis (TB) project without proper approval. He said: "It (the application of the funds) might have been for a good cause, but it was not necessarily approved."
Asked whether criminal action will be instituted against Onyango, the PS said: "No, there was nothing corrupt or fraudulent. I look at that [what she did] as an omission and I had to release her of her duties."
The PMU was set up to assist the ministry with the management of Global Fund money as well as the implementation of its projects.
It is in accordance with the Global Fund's rules and regulations that Onyango had to be fired. "It is a rule-based organisation and everything must be done to the spirit of the organisation," Kahuure said.
A week ago, in a barely disguised attack against Lironga Eparu, the Global Fund announced that it "has zero tolerance for corruption and actively seeks to uncover the misuse of funds".
The international funder of projects to fight AIDS, TB and malaria said it "deploys some of the rigorous procedures to detect fraud and fight corruption of any organisation financing development".
Global Fund recently withdrew all its financial support to Lironga Eparu, a Namibian HIV-AIDS body.
Moses Ikanga, the Lironga Eparu's board chairperson said last week the support was pulled as a result of personal grudges against executive director Emma Tuahepa.
Global Fund boss Michel Kazatchkine last week said: "Transparency is a guiding principle behind the work of the Global Fund and we expect it to be held to the highest standards of accountability."
About 45 000 people living with HIV-AIDS are out in the cold after the Global Fund through the Ministry of Health and Social Services withdrew all funding to the Lironga Eparu late last year.