Anti-graft body, ZACC( Zimbabwe Anti Corruption Commission) has reportedly recovered 40 boxes of COVID-19 test kits valued at US12 000 reportedly stolen from Mpilo Hospital and were now being sold on the black-market in Harare, The Herald reports.
This was revealed by ZACC Spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure who told the publication that:
On 18 January 2021, we received information alleging that suspected stolen Standard Q Covid-19 test kits were being sold on the black market in Harare.
A follow up was then made which led to the recovery of 40 boxes of Standard Q Covid-19 test kits at Bard House offices opposite Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe with a street value of USD12 500.
Investigations established that the kits were a donation from Unicef to the Government of Zimbabwe through National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm).
The recovered consignment was traced back to Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo where they were stolen from. Investigations are in progress with a view to arrest officials from Mpilo Hospital.
Makamure chided the said offenders and said they were working against the government in its fight to contain the pandemic and said:
These people are obviously working against the Government of Zimbabwe in its resolve to fight the Covid-19 pandemic so that ordinary citizens can live a normal and disease free life.
Some people are seeing the Covid-19 disease and attendant measures being taken to combat it as a way to make money.
They think it is an opportunity for rich pickings and line their pockets at the expense of the health of ordinary persons. This must stop. As Zacc, we will not fold our arms, but we will use every effort to weed them out. So, we would like to send a strong warning to unscrupulous and would be offenders.
Meanwhile, Zimbabwe has not yet announced a rollout plan for the COVID-19 vaccine which according to the government will be received soon.
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