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We await Health minister Obadiah Moyo's charge sheet

by Staff reporter
20 Jun 2020 at 08:36hrs | Views
THE Zimbabwe AntiCorruption Commission (Zacc) has arrested Health and Child Care minister Obadiah Moyo over undisclosed charges.

Moyo, popularly known as Deejay Biscuit in social circles, has been in the eye of a storm over the US$60 million COVID-19 drugs contract allegedly awarded to Drax International whose focal person Delish Nguwaya, is languishing in remand prison after being arrested last week.

Nguwaya is a close associate of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's son Collins who has distanced himself from the murky COVID-19 drugs deal.

Zacc spokesperson John Makamure last night confirmed the arrest, saying Moyo was detained at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare.

"Yes, I can confirm that the minister has been arrested and is detained at Rhodesville Police Station," Makamure said.

It is understood that Moyo could be charged with criminal abuse of office over awarding of COVID-19 tenders involving Drax International and Jaji Investments among others.

Moyo has been accused of allowing the dodgy company to get contracts worth US$60 million without going to tender, including a US$42 million deal to supply COVID-19 drugs and equipment

The minister, it is alleged, awarded the tender to Drax International knowing fully well that it was only a consultancy firm and not pharmaceutical company.

Nguwaya, the Drax local representative was arrested last week and is battling to secure bail while three senior officials from National Pharamaceutical Company (NatPharm) also involved in the tender scam have appeared in court, but are out on $10 000 bail each.

Meanwhile, former Energy minister Samuel Undenge began his two and-a-half-year jail sentence yesterday after losing his appeal against conviction and sentence in a 2018 corruption case.

The former Energy minister was convicted of criminal abuse of office for instructing the Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC) to hire former Zanu-PF legislator Psychology Maziwisa and former ZBC news anchor, Oscar Pambuka's communication consultance firm, Fruitful Communications, to handle the company's public relations work.

Maziwisa and Pambuka were paid US$12 659.

Undenge has been out of jail pending his appeal against both conviction and sentence, but the High Court last week ruled against his appeal.

Undenge was Energy minister in the late former President Robert Mugabe's last government before he was deposed by the military in November 2017. He yesterday appeared before Harare magistrate Trynos Utahwashe before he was whisked to prison to start his sentence.

Source - newsday