Obadiah Moyo nabbed
The detention comes on the back of last week’s arrest of Harare businessman Delish Nguwaya — who is the local representative of the foreign company, Drax International, which was allegedly awarded the deal corruptly.
A number of officials from the government medical supplies firm, NatPharm — among them managing director Nancy Sifeku,67, operations manager Charles Mwaramba,78 and finance manager Rolland Mlalazi,55, — have also been arrested in connection with the matter.
Zacc spokesperson John Makamure confirmed to the Daily News last night that Moyo had indeed been arrested.
“All I can say at the moment is that minister Moyo was arrested and he is currently held at Rhodesville Police Station where he is assisting police with investigations,” he said.
He did not reveal any more details.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa recently pulled the plug on the deal after Interpol raised a red flag when the government deposited US$2 million into Drax’s Hungarian account.
“Something else also happened, and this is the unsaid story. Godwin Matanga, the police commissioner-general, brought a security report from Interpol which said this company (Drax International) had been blacklisted by Interpol.
“Cabinet then took a decision that over and above the company’s abuse of pricing, they are also on the Interpol blacklist, and thus the supply contract must be cancelled.
“The instruction to stop and cancel the supply came from the president. It was not even the Cabinet. In fact the matter was raised from the President’s Office,” Mnangagwa’s spokesperson, George Charamba, told the Daily News’s sister publication the Daily News On Sunday last week.
Moyo becomes the second high ranking minister to be arrested on corruption related charges under Mnangagwa’s administration after former Public Service minister Prisca Mupfumira was arrested on abuse of office charges involving US$90 million — which was allegedly corruptly siphoned from the National Social Security Authority.
Last week, Zacc had confirmed to the Daily News that it had opened an investigation on Moyo after receiving a complaint filed by human rights activist Makomborero Haruzivishe.
In his complaint, Haruzivishe said besides probing the procurement of Covid-19 equipment, Zacc should also investigate allegations that Moyo was not a trained medical doctor, contrary to his alleged claims.