Govt under pressure to appoint Nac Board

HEALTH and Child Care parliamentary portfolio chairperson Ruth Labode has called on government to urgently appoint board members at the National Aids Council (Nac) which has been operating without one for over a year.
The previous board was dissolved last March following concerns that it was improperly appointed and has not been replaced up to date.
During a National Assembly sitting recently, Labode — who is also the MDC Matabeleland North proportional representation MP — said something was not adding up about this issue and the Health minister should address it urgently.
“I once raised the point of privilege in this House on my concern about the fact that Nac, one-and-a-half years later, still has no board.
“This is an organisation that every one of you in this House pays three percent levy every month but there is also no chief executive officer.
So, we wonder who is actually managing that funding. The same Nac is the recipient of the Global Fund and the TB Fund. I raised this concern as one seconded to the country coordinating mechanism (CCM) by Parliament which controls the Global Fund. I raised it in that forum where the donors were in attendance,” she said.
This comes shortly after civil society organisations (CSOs) also complained that Nac operating without a board was impacting negatively on the national HIV response.
Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director Itai Rusike said government should take the issue as a matter of urgency.
“The Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) calls on the … minister of Health and Child Care to urgently reconstitute the Nac Board to enable it to give proper policy direction to the organisation.
“The organisation has been operating without a board since early last year and this is against the tenets of good corporate governance, transparency and accountability,” Rusike said.
From 2019, Raymond Yekeye the Nac operations manager and Alfred Manenji the finance director, have held the position of CEO on an acting basis.

By Nokuthaba Nkomo On Feb 24, 2020