14 September 218
FORMER Minister of Health and Child Care David Parirenyatwa yesterday appeared in court facing charges of criminal abuse of office.
Dr Parirenyatwa pleaded not guilty when he appeared before Harare regional magistrate Elisha Singano and was represented by top lawyer James Makiya.
It is the State’s case that sometime in June, Dr Parirenyatwa abused his office as a public officer by directing the NatPharm board chairman Dr George Washaya to end Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract with NatPharm as the managing director.
Parirenyatwa indicated that he needed Sifeku’s service at the Ministry of Health and Child Care for an indefinite period.
In the same directive, Parirenyatwa allegedly showed favour to the Ministry’s Deputy Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Newman Madzikwa by imposing him as the acting managing director with effect from June 1.
The board implemented the directive by giving both Sifeku and Madzikwa six months contracts from June to November.
Madzikwa was once employed by NatPharm as branch manager Masvingo and was dismissed for selling donated drugs to private institutions.
Parirenyatwa’s actions created a double dipping of NatPharm funds as NatPharm is currently paying two salaries towards the managing director’s position hence prejudicing Natpharm of $15 003.
The matter came to light through a tip off on September 11 leading to his arrest yesterday.
Prosecutor Micheal Reza did not oppose bail and suggested that he be admitted to bail for $1000.
However, Magistrate Singano revised it down to $500 and added other bail conditions including reporting twice a week at CID Anti-corruption, that he resides at his given address in Borrowdale and surrenders his passport.
The matter was remanded to October 26.