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Former Health Minister dragged to court

Story by: Sharon Dewhe & Patience Maforo

Former Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr David Parirenyatwa was dragged to Rotten Row court today for acting contrary and inconsistent in his duties as a public officer by directing the Natpharm board chairman, Dr George Washaya to end Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract with Natpharm as the Managing Director thereby showing disfavor to Flora Nancy Sifeku.

The accused further indicated that he required Flora Nancy Sifeku’s services at the Ministry of Health and Child Care Head Office for an indefinite period.

In the same directive, the accused showed papers to Ministry’s Deputy Director pharmaceutical services, Newman Madzikwa by imposing him as the acting Managing Director of Natpharm .

Parirenyatwa’s actions created a double dipping of the company’s funds  paying two salaries towards the Managing Director’s position thereby prejudicing Natpharm of $30 006.

Parirenyatwa who was represented by James Makiya was granted a bail of $500 and on condition that he resides on the given address until finalization of the case, ordered to surrender his passport and report twice a week at the Anti-Corruption Department Unit at Morris Depot.

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