Zimbabwe Health Minister nabbed over covid-19 illegal dealings

Zimbabwe’s health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo was arrested on Friday night following corruption involving procurement of COVID-19 testing kits, drugs and personal protective equipment.

The Zimbabwe’s Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) spokesperson John Makamure confirmed the arrest on Friday evening in a statement.

Reports revealed that the minister allegedly chose the company to sell medical supplies to the government at inflated prices that included face masks for $28 each.

According to CGTN, the representative, Delish Nguwaya, and some top officials of the national drugs procurement agency are already facing criminal charges related to the scandal.

Moyo is the second minister to be arrested for alleged corruption under President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government following the arrest of the then tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira last year.

He is expected to appear in court on Saturday June 20 to face the allegations and government has cancelled the contracts with the company involved in the corruption.

The incident has happened at a time when health professionals including nurses and doctors in Zimbabwe are on strike demanding to be paid their salaries in U.S. dollars.

Meanwhile Zimbabwe has about 479 confirmed cases of Coronavirus as of Saturday June 20 with 4 recorded deaths.

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