Sat, 15 Aug 2020

Zimbabwe health minister arrested over coronavirus supplies scandal

A 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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