21 November 2018
The trial of former Health and Child Care Minister, Dr David Parirenyatwa, failed to start yesterday as his defence counsel was not available.
He is facing a charge of criminal abuse of office after his dealings resulted in the State losing $30 000, which was paid to two managing directors at the National Pharmaceutical Company.
Parirenyatwa appeared before Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande who rolled the matter to December 11.
The court heard that Parirenyatwa’s defence counsel is unavailable until the next date.
According to the State papers, on June 4 this year, Parirenyatwa ordered NatPharm board chairman, George Washaya to terminate Flora Sifeku’s contract as managing director of the Government owned company citing that he wanted her services at his then Ministry.
As a result, Parirenyatwa directed Washaya to appoint Newman Madzikwa as the acting managing director of NatPharm.
Due to his influence, the board complied with the directive resulting to the two being given six months contract with the effect from June to November 30.
NatPharm then paid two salaries concurrently to Sifeku and Madzikwa for the managing director’s position, as result the company lost $30 000.
It is the State’s case that Madzikwa was formerly employed by NatPharm as a branch manager in Masvingo.
However, Mudzikwa was dismissed for allegedly selling donated drugs.