Zimbabwe Health Minister Obediah Moyo sacked amid graft scandal

President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa is during a Russian-Zimbabwean meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, in January 2019 (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa is during a Russian-Zimbabwean meeting at the Kremlin, in Moscow, in January 2019 (Mikhail Svetlov/Getty Images)
  • Health Minister Obediah Moyo has been charged with corruption and criminal abuse.
  • He was arrested last month following an investigation.
  • He awarded a multi-million tender to a United Arab Emirates-based company.


Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has fired Health Minister Obediah Moyo who has been charged with corruption over illegally awarding a multi-million-dollar contract for medical equipment.

Moyo was arrested last month following an investigation by the country's anti-graft commission. The 66-year-old has been freed on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on 31 July.

If convicted, the former hospital administrator faces a fine or up to 15 years in prison.

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statement on Tuesday by government spokesman Nick Mangwana said Moyo was removed from office for "conduct inappropriate for a government minister".

Moyo is facing charges of corruption and criminal abuse of his office over his role in a deal with a United Arab Emirates-based company to supply personal protective equipment and Covid-19 test kits.

After Zimbabwe's opposition condemned the deal, which saw the medical supplies being sold at inflated prices, the government cancelled all contracts with the company, according to local media reports.

The case has received a great deal of attention in a country facing a deepening economic crisis that has seen nurses and doctors demand more pay and adequate protective gear to help cope with the coronavirus pandemic.

To date, Zimbabwe has registered 787 coronavirus cases and nine related deaths.

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