MDC president, Nelson Chamisa has called for the Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) to arrest Health Minister Obadiah Moyo for corruption.
This follows a leaked letter which showed how Zanu PF plans to use medical drugs as a campaign tool in the Lupane East by-election.
ZANU PF political commissar, Victor Matemadanda wrote a letter to Moyo on July 2 requesting medicines for six clinics in the constituency ahead of the August 3 by-election.
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In a letter dated July 5, copied to NatPharm managing director Flora Sifeku, permanent secretary Agnes Mahomva and the director of the pharmacy, one R Hove, Minister Moyo responded to Matemadanda:
Your letter of July 2, 2019, requesting for medicines for Lupaka, Gomoza, St Paul, Lake Alice, Lusulu and Lupanda clinics refers. I have instructed the permanent secretary Dr Mahomva to activate NatPharm to supply the clinics mentioned with medicines.
Addressing MDC supporters at a rally at Mucheke Stadium in Masvingo on Sunday, Chamisa said:
In Lupane, there’s a by-election coming. Matemadanda writes a letter to the minister of health saying please supply drugs to Lupane clinics because there’s a by-election we must win.
That level of corruption is serious. The minister replies and says yes, I will supply the drugs to help Zanu PF win. That’s an abuse of public office.
A minister caught doing this should simply step aside. ZACC must step in and investigate such corruption and arrest that person.
NatPharm is the national dispensary which supplies drugs to all government hospitals in the country, most of them sourced from international donors.