by Charmaine Ngatjiheue
Zimbabwean health minister Obediah Moyo, who has been implicated in alleged corruption with the purchase of Covid-19 tests involving a company registered in Namibia, has been dismissed.
Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa sent his beleaguered health minister packing for conduct inappropriate with his duties in a statement on Tuesday.
The statement was signed by Zimbabwe’s chief secretary to the president and cabinet, Mischeck Sibanda.
Moyo handpicked a Namibian-registered company, Jaji Investments, owned by medical doctor Prince Mushininga, who is working in Namibia and closely linked to Mnangagwa, to supply rapid Covid-19 test kits from Namibia despite the country not manufacturing them.
The Namibian government was forced to distance itself from the deal after Zimbabwe’s minister of information and broadcasting services, Monica Mutsvangwa, claimed the test kits had been a donation from Namibia.
The claim almost caused a diplomatic web of confusion. – [email protected]