Former minister of Health and Child Care Dr Parirenyatwa arrested

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By Staff Reporter
Former minister of Health and Child Care Dr David Parirenyatwa has been arrested on allegations of criminal abuse of office.
The special anti-corruption unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet confirmed Parirenyatwa’s arrest saying he is set to appear in court today where details of the charges he is facing will be revealed.
The special anti-corruption unit was set up by President Emmerson Mnangagwa in May this year to improve efficiency in the fight against all forms of graft and to strengthen the effectiveness of national mechanisms for the prevention of corruption.
Parirenyatwa is one of several former ministers who did not make it to the new 20-member cabinet appointed by President Mnangagwa last week.
Meanwhile Dr Parirenyatwa has appeared in court facing a charge of criminal abuse of office after his actions allegedly resulted in the state losing $30 000 paid to two managing directors at the National Pharmaceutical Company (NATPHARM).
Parirenyatwa (68) who was arrested this morning, was formally charged under section 174 (1) (a) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23 when he appeared before Harare Magistrate Mr Elisha Singano.
According to the state outline, Parirenyatwa on June 4, 2018 ordered the Natpharm board chairman, Dr George Washaya to terminate Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract as managing director of the government-owned company saying he required her services at his then ministry.
Parirenyatwa further directed Dr Washaya to appoint Newman Madzikwa as the acting managing director of Natpharm with effect from June 1, 2018.
The board complied with the directive resulting in Sifeku and Mr Madzikwa both being given six-month contracts with effect from June to November 30, 2018.
This resulted in Natpharm paying two salaries concurrently to Sifeku and Madzikwa for the managing director’s position thereby prejudicing the company of $30 000.
The offence was exposed following a tip-off on September 11, resulting in Parirenyatwa’s arrest two days later.  
Parirenyatwa who was represented by Mr James Makiya was remanded out of custody on $500 bail and ordered to surrender his passport among other conditions. He was also ordered not to interfere with state witnesses and to report every Monday and Friday to police at Morris depot while continuing to reside at his given address in Borrowdale.
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