Harare – The trial for former Health and Child care minister David Parirentatwa continued Friday with a key witness from Natpharm, alleging that the minister interfered with their day to day operations against the law.
The Human Resources manager for NatPham, Walter Nhau told the Harare magistarre court where Pariranyatwa was facing allegations of criminal abuse or office that his department which was in charge of all employment issues was not consulted in the employment of Newman Madzikwa and the transfer of Nancy Sifeku.
“There was no official communication to my department by the ministry and I was called to a board meeting where I was informed of the developments by management saying those were the orders from the minister through his letter.
“As a result of the breach in procedures, the company lost almost $88 800 through salaries as both Sifeku and Madzikwa were on the payroll at the same time,” the court heard.
Parirentatwa who is by James Makina and Deepak Mehta pleaded not guilty indicating that he made all his decisions in compliance with the ministry’s ‘100 day action plan’.
The matter has been remanded to February 12 for trial continuation.
The State led by Brian Vito alleges that Parirenyatwa on June 4, 2018 ordered NatPharm board chairman, Dr George Washaya, to terminate Sifeku’s contract as managing director of the government-owned company saying he required her services at his then Ministry before directing Washaya to appoint Newman Madzikwa as the acting managing director of NatPharm.
The board complied with the directive resulting in Sifeku and Mr Madzikwa both being given six-month contracts with effect from June to November 30, 2018.
This allegedly resulted in NatPharm paying two salaries concurrently to Sifeku and Madzikwa for the managing director’s position, thereby prejudicing the company of $30 000.
Parirenyatwa is out on $500 bail coupled with stringent bail conditions and will appear on February 12 for continuation of trial