Former Health and Child Care Minister David Parirenyatwa trial for alleged criminal abuse of office which was scheduled to start yesterday was postponed to December 11.
Mr James Makiya, who was standing in for Advocate Uriri, stated that the trial could not commence because Uriri was unavailable for the next three weeks. Harare magistrate Ms Bianca Makwande postponed the trial to December 11.
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Parirenyatwa (68) was arrested for allegedly violating Section 174 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23. Parirenyatwa 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. He allegedly showed 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. Parirenyatwa had indicated that he required Ms Sifeku’s services at the ministry’s head office for an indefinite period. NatPharm’s board complied with Parirenyatwa’s directive and gave Ms Sifeku and Mr Madzikwa six months contracts, each as managing directors effective June 1 to November 30 this year. As a result, NatPharm paid two salaries towards the managing director’s position, thereby losing $30 006.
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
Masvingo is one of Zimbabwe's smaller cities which is located on south eastern part of Zimbabwe. It is the capital of the Masvingo Province. The city is known mostly for it's proximity to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins, an ancient city located about 28 kilometers away.... Read More About Masvingo