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Zimbawe’s President Mnangagwa Sacks Health Minister Following Corruption Claims

Zimbabwe’s Health minister Obadiah Moyo

Zimbabwe’s Health minister Obadiah Moyo was sacked by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in the wake of claims of corruption regarding a deal to procure coronavirus test kits.

A statement issued by the Chief Secretary to the President, Misheck Sibanda, said that Moyo had been dismissed “with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a government minister”.

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The statement was shared by the Minister of Information Nick Mangwana on Twitter.

Moyo was accused of illegally awarding a $42 million tender to Drax International for the supply of COVID-19 drugs and personal protective equipment fully aware the company was not a pharmaceutical but a consultancy firm.

Last month, Moyo was arrested and detained at Rhodesville Police Station in Harare. He was subsequently granted bail for 50,000 Zimbabwean dollars ($2,000).

He became the second minister in Mnangagwa’s government to be arrested over corruption with the other being former Tourism minister, Prisca Mupfumira.

A local representative of Drax International, Delish Nguwaya, was also arrested in connection with the same investigation.

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