Zimbabwe’s health minister fired for awarding contract to company that sold $28 face masks

Zimbabwe’s health minister fired for awarding contract to company that sold  face masks

By: AP | Harare |

Revealed: July 8, 2020 2:58:42 pm


The scandal comes as well being professionals together with nurses and medical doctors in Zimbabwe demand more pay and ample protecting gear in a rustic that has lengthy confronted financial collapse.

Zimbabwe’s well being minister has been fired for inappropriate conduct after he was accused of illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for COVID-19 medical provides to a shadowy firm that offered the federal government USD 28 face masks and different supplies at inflated costs.

A press release on Tuesday by the chief secretary for President Emmerson Mnangagwa introduced the removing of Obediah Moyo. Moyo final month was charged with felony abuse of responsibility as a public officer. Zimbabwe’s anti-corruption company had arrested him following public uproar, and the federal government cancelled the contracts.

Certainly one of Mnangagwa’s sons was pressured to difficulty a press release denying a hyperlink to the corporate after images emerged of its Zimbabwean consultant with the president and his spouse and sons at a number of occasions. The consultant, Delish Nguwaya, and a few prime officers of the nationwide medicine procurement company additionally face felony costs associated to the scandal.

Nguwaya is accused of mendacity in saying the corporate was a medicine manufacturing firm primarily based in Switzerland, “whereas it was merely a consulting firm with no expertise within the manufacture of drug and medical merchandise”, in accordance with the cost sheet.

Moyo, a former hospital administrator, faces a tremendous or as much as 15 years in jail if convicted. In keeping with the cost sheet, he “exerted stress” on his subordinates to award the contracts price USD 60 million final yr and this yr.

The scandal comes as well being professionals together with nurses and medical doctors in Zimbabwe demand more pay and ample protecting gear in a rustic that has lengthy confronted financial collapse. Zimbabwe has 734 confirmed coronavirus circumstances.

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