NAC board chairperson Joshua Banda said yesterday that the suspension was aimed at fostering a conducive environment for a team appointed by the board to carry out independent inquiries into identified institutional operational areas requiring remedial measures.
NAC has since appointed director of policy and planning Ms Elizabeth Choseni to act as director general for administrative purposes.
“NAC today (yesterday) announces the suspension from duty of Mr Chela from his duties, the decision to place the chief executive officer on suspension is to allow investigations into independent inquiries,” Bishop Banda said.
Bishop Banda assured all stakeholders of minimal interruption to the normal coordination role of NAC in its national response to HIV and AIDS.
He said the board would continue to ensure that there was no disruption to NAC’s strategic tasks at all levels.
“We undertake to support and guide the NAC senior management team towards achieving the delivery of an effectively coordinated response to HIV and AIDS as we seek to attain zero AIDS related deaths, zero new HIV infections and zero stigma and discrimination,” Bishop Banda said.
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