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Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa fires Health Minister

By Almot Maqolo

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Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired his Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo, for conduct inappropriate for a government minister.

In a statement, Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Dr MJM Sibanda Misheck Sibanda confirmed the dismissal saying: “Please be advised that his Excellence the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde ED Mnangagwa, has in terms of section 340, subsection (1), paragraph (f), as read with section 104, subsection (1), of the constitution of Zimbabwe has removed Dr Obadiah Moyo from the office of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a government minister.”

Last month, Moyo was arrested by the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission and spent one night in custody. However, he was released on $50 000 bail by a Harare Magistrate when he appeared in court facing three counts of criminal abuse of office relating to the procurement of medicines and consumables.

“Thank you, but Mr Obadiah Moyo wasn’t alone in this, heads must roll,” said one twitter user. The media has been pointing out skewed procurement procedures and price gouging in the procurement of Covid-19 related supplies.

Critics of the government say corruption of this nature indicates institutional weakness in procurement processes and lack of transparency processes in selection on government suppliers.

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