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Prosecutors discredit evidence in Parirenyatwa trial

by Staff reporter
18 Apr 2019 at 07:18hrs | Views
THE trial of former Health and child Care minister David Parirenyatwa continued yesterday with prosecutors attempting to discredit evidence given by the key witness.

Parirenyatwa allegedly directed National Pharmaceutical Company (Natpharm) board chairperson George Washaya to terminate Flora Nancy Sifeku's contract and replace her with Newman Madzikwa.
During re-examination, prosecutor Brian Vito queried why Washaya accepted Parirenyatwa's decision to fire Sikefu despite lawyers advising against the move.

Vito labelled Washaya's testimony that Parirenyatwa was the best minister as "assumption" not backed by facts. However, Washaya stood his ground and continued defending Parirenyatwa, while maintaining that he did nothing wrong as the board approved Madzikwa's appointment to the position of managing director.

"We sought legal opinion from Madzonga and Associates and we were advised that the minister cannot do that… He (Parirenyatwa) was doing so much for NatPharm and the ministry. There was no reason for the board to doubt his opinion." He also testified that the board had already given her six months' notice to retire.

"Like I said earlier during cross examination with the defence counsel, the outgoing managing director was not responding to demands quickly and had served more than 10 years at NatPharm," he said, adding that Parirenyatwa had no option but to dismiss Sikefu due to pressure from Cabinet.

The State alleged that the board implemented the directive by giving both Sifeku and Madzikwa six months contracts from June 1 to November 30.

According to State papers, Parirenyatwa's conduct created a double dipping of NatPharm funds since two salaries were now being paid towards the managing director's position.

Source - dailynews