Moyo sacked as health minister; on fraud charges over US$60m Covid-19 deal

PRESIDENT Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked Health Minister Obadiah Moyo for “conduct inappropriate for a government minister”.

Moyo’s dismissal was announced in a statement released on Tuesday evening by Chief Secretary to the President and Cabinet Misheck Sibanda.

“Please be advised that His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Cde E. D. Mnangagwa … has removed Dr Obediah Moyo from the office of Cabinet Minister with immediate effect for conduct inappropriate for a Government minister,” read the statement in part.

Moyo is currently facing charges of abuse of office related to procurement fraud involving Covid-19-related medical and personal protective equipment.

He was arrested in mid-June and granted bail on allegations of corruption regarding a US$60-million deal to procure Covid-19 test kits and medical equipment.

Moyo became the second minister to be arrested for alleged corruption in Mnangagwa’s government, after the arrest last year of then-tourism minister Prisca Mupfumira.

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