The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Fidelis Mun­y­oro and Noku­tenda Chiyangwa

FOR­MER Health and Child Care Min­is­ter David Parireny­atwa was yes­ter­day ar­rested and ap­peared at Harare Mag­is­trates’ Courts on charges of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice.

Parireny­atwa was not asked to plead to crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice charges as de­fined in Sec­tion 174 (1) (a) of the Crim­i­nal Law (Cod­i­fi­ca­tion and Re­form) Act Chap­ter 9:23, when he ap­peared be­fore Harare mag­is­trate Mr Elisha Singano.

The State, led by prose­cu­tor Mr Michael Reza, did not op­pose bail, but pro­posed that Parireny­atwa pay $1 000 cou­pled with strin­gent con­di­tions.

Mr Singano re­duced the bail to $500 and re­manded Parireny­atwa to Oc­to­ber 26.

Parireny­atwa (68) was re­quired, as part of his bail con­di­tions, to sur­ren­der his pass­port to the Clerk of Court and to re­port twice a week — on Mon­days and Fri­days — at the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tions De­part­ment, Anti-Cor­rup­tion Unit, Mor­ris De­pot.

He was also or­dered not to in­ter­fere with State wit­nesses and to re­side at his given ad­dress un­til the mat­ter is fi­nalised.

Charges against Parireny­atwa arose on June 4 this year when he was still Min­is­ter of Health and Child Care.

He al­legedly abused his po­si­tion as a public of­fi­cer and di­rected NatPharm board chair­per­son Dr Ge­orge Washaya to ter­mi­nate the con­tract of Ms Flora Sifeku as man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, al­legedly show­ing favour for Mr New­man Madzikwa, who had once been sacked from the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany for re­port­edly sell­ing do­nated drugs.

At the time he was fired in Septem­ber 2009, Mr Madzikwa was NatPharm’s Masvingo branch man­ager.

The in­dict­ment also re­vealed that Parireny­atwa had in­di­cated that he re­quired Ms Sifeku’s ser­vices at the min­istry’s head of­fice for an in­def­i­nite pe­riod.

The board, it is al­leged, com­plied with the for­mer min­is­ter’s di­rec­tive and gave Ms Sifeku and Mr Madzikwa six months con­tracts each as man­ag­ing di­rec­tors ef­fec­tive June 1 to Novem­ber 30 this year.

It is al­leged that Parireny­atwa’s con­duct cre­ated dou­ble dip­ping on NatPharm funds as the com­pany was pay­ing two salaries to­wards the man­ag­ing di­rec­tor’s po­si­tion, thereby prej­u­dic­ing it of a to­tal of $30 006.

The crime al­legedly came to light through a tip-off this week, lead­ing to the for­mer min­is­ter’s ar­rest yes­ter­day.

The State fur­ther al­leges that Parireny­atwa’s ac­tions were prej­u­di­cial to the good ad­min­is­tra­tion of NatPharm and the Min­istry of Health and Child Care.

The for­mer min­is­ter, who is be­ing rep­re­sented by Mr James Makiya of Makiya & Part­ners Le­gal Prac­ti­tion­ers, was dropped when Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa an­nounced his new Cabi­net on Mon­day this week.

Pres­i­dent Mnan­gagwa has made the fight against cor­rup­tion a key pol­icy plank. For­mer en­ergy min­is­ter Sa­muel Un­denge was re­cently ar­rested for crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice dur­ing his ten­ure and con­victed.

Other for­mer min­is­ters who have been ar­rested are Ig­natius Chombo, Walter Mzembi and Saviour Ka­sukuwere.


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