New Minister Of Health Alleged To Have Fabricated Qualifications

New Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo who was appointed by President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Friday, has been alleged to be a fraud who fabricated academic qualifications he does not possess. This was revealed by online publication which quoted diplomatic cables sent by the United States Embassy.

One such cable from 2008, which was leaked by whistleblowing website, Wikileaks reads,

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Mr Moyo told us that drug supplies and infrastructure have declined in recent years, and foreign currency is needed to replenish stocks. In the meeting with donors and other CEOs on November 18, Mr Moyo began his remarks by first explaining that the problem is a lack of cash because the RBZ cannot print enough, and he asked donors to support the hospitals and health infrastructure in a “big way”. (NOTE: Moyo’s business card indicates he has both a PhD and a medical degree. After our initial meeting, we learned that he earned neither. Rather, he was Sally Mugabe’s dialysis technician at Parirenyatwa throughout her long struggle with a kidney disease. After Sally’s death, Mr Moyo suddenly became Dr Moyo, and in 2004 he became CEO of Chitungwiza Hospital. END NOTE.)

Moyo does not seem to be registered with the Medical and Dental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe (MDPCZ) although his predecessor David Parirenyatwa is listed together with details about his medical qualifications. Without the MDPCZ registration, Moyo’s pathology laboratory in Harare is not operating according to the law.

Moyo was yet to respond to questions when asked to comment by



Obadiah MoyoDavid ParirenyatwaSally Mugabe

Obadiah Moyo is a Zimbabwean politician and former hospital administrator. In 2018, he was appointed the country's Minister of Health and Child Care. Moyo is also former CEO of Chitungwiza Hospital. He was fired as minister of Health and Child Care on 7 July 2020... Read More About Obadiah Moyo

David Parirenyatwa is a medical practitioner and the former Minister of Health and Child Welfare. He is a politician affiliated to the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) party. In September 2018 Parirenyatwa was arrested over allegations of criminal abuse of office and was... Read More About David Parirenyatwa

Born Sarah Francesca Heyfron, Sally Mugabe was the first wife of the president of the Republic of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe. Amai (mother), as she was affectionately known by the Zimbabweans was the first woman to be buried at the National Heroes Acre in Harare after... Read More About Sally Mugabe

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5 comments on “New Minister Of Health Alleged To Have Fabricated Qualifications

  1. I think Dr Obediah Moyo deserves to be were he is now. He managed to show his worthiness as CEO of Chitungwiza Hospital. He has meaningful results worth mentioning because what is needed is someone who is result oriented in that portfolio. He can turn around our Health System. I support his appointment to the Health Ministry 100%

  2. most people who teach pathology have medical science degrees and most of them are not doctors. You can have MSc in medical sciences and that does not mean you are a doctor, You can also have a PhD in chemical pathology and that means you are a chemical pathologist, but you are not a MEDICAL doctor unless your primary degree is MBCHB. yOU CAN HAVE A PRIMARY DEGREE OF BSC THEN MSC AND PHD AND STILL BE A PATHOLOGIST. SO THERE ARE 2 ROUTES TO BE A PATHOLOGIST-

  3. Are we employing people on educational background or competency levels?!?!?!
    Obadiah has done a lot at Chitungwiza Hospital, hazvina kana basa nekudzidza manhingi.
    Zimbabweans are an educated lot but what have we done with that education, NOTHING
    Taneta nezvimapepa zvakangoturikwa mumaOffice apa chaitwa hapana!!!!

  4. These people who are raising issues about Obadiah Moyo, where were they prior to his appointment? Could it be that they suddenly knew of his Pathology laboratory after he was appointed Minister? Ok, lets say he is not a qualified medical doctor; was Mugabe a qualified President or is Perence Shiri a qualified Agronomist or soil/crop/animal Scientist? Sei vanhu vane shanje kudai?

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