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Suspended Natpharm boss back in court

- BY DESMOND CHINGARAND­E • Follow Desmond on Twitter via @ DChingaran­de1

SUSPENDED National Pharmaceut­ical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm) acting managing director Zealous Nyabadza appeared at the Harare Magistrate­s’ Court yesterday facing criminal abuse of office allegation­s for selling a consignmen­t of surgical masks without authority from his employer.

Nyabadza (46) was remanded in custody to today by magistrate Trynos Utawashe pending bail applicatio­n.

The State alleges that Nyabadza took delivery of 28x50 boxes of surgical masks valued at US$54 600 on May 19 last year from Sacred Heart Pharmaceut­icals without following proper procuremen­t procedures.

The masks were allegedly never received at Strategic Business Unit at Natpharm despite Nyabadza signing for their receipt.

He allegedly sold the consignmen­t on the same day to the Zimbabwe Medical Associatio­n for US$68 600.

Nyabadza allegedly later created a contract which was signed on July 13 last year to cover up his tracks by causing NatPharm to raise an internal purchase requisitio­n, instead of the Strategic Business Unit, which was responsibl­e for the company’s retail function.

The matter came to light on July 1, 2020 when the accounts department failed to process the Sacred Heart Pharmaceut­icals purchase voucher and invoice from NatPharm due to lack of a quotation, and an attempt to secure the quotation by Nyabadza failed.

It is alleged relevant documents, which include the contract that had been signed in retrospect, the delivery note, sales invoice from Sacred Heart Pharmaceut­icals, purchase voucher and invoice from NatPharm were duly obtained, which was used in the commission of the offence.

The State alleged Nyabadza showed favour to Sacred Heart Pharmaceut­icals by offering a contract without following due process.

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