Court papers suggest that Zimbabwe was prejudiced of at least US$40 million by the Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo when he authorised the procurement of medical equipment fro Drax International.
The state noted:
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On the same date [08/05/2020], the accused personally handed over an invoice worth US$987 720.00 to George Guvamatanga. In order to influence acceptance of Covid-19 test kits under DRAX International LLC cancelled contract and urgent payment, the accused claimed that there were 15 000 Covid-19 test kits at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport. Upon visiting the airport, George Guvamatanga discovered that there were around 3 700 Covid-19 test kits which DRAX International LLC had exported to Zimbabwe…
The State suffered a potential prejudice of US$40 million.
Award-winning Zimbabwean journalist, Hopewell Chin’ono, one of the people who exposed the rot, observed that the nation could have been robbed of millions more than stated by the state. He posted on Twitter:
The COVID testing kit costs US$15 landed. Yet Drax was charging US$34 per kit. For 15000 kits, Drax billed Zim Government US$510000. Then only supplied 3000 kits. Meaning that Obadiah Moyo and Drax LOOTED US$408 000 on just the kits. Yet ED won’t fire him Obadiah. WHY?
The saga has sparked public outrage and scepticism over the government’s seriousness in fighting corruption.
Zimbabweans, South African politicians including Julius Malema and Mmusi Maimane and other nationalities, have urged president Mnangagwa to 1) stand down, 2) dismiss Moyo and 3) make sure that Moyo pays back the money the state lost.
None of the above has happened, yet.
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