The trial of former Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa who is facing charges of criminal abuse of has been postponed following a request by the defence to have the record transcribed.
Parirenyatwa was being accused of abuse of office after he allegedly ordered NatPham, a state pharmaceutical enterprise to hire Newman Madzikwa as its director without following due process.
The ex-minister through his lawyers James Makina and Advocate Deepak Mehta wants the record transcribed in order to help them cross examine and proceed properly.
The matter was postponed to April 10 and the trial with continue continuously until April 12.
Parirenyatwa has long pleaded not guilty indicating that he made all his decisions in compliance with the ministry’s ‘100 day action plan’.
The state represented by Brian Vito alleged that Parirenyatwa on June 4, 2018 ordered NatPharm board chairman, Dr George Washaya, to terminate Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract as managing director saying he required her services at his then Ministry before directing Washaya to appoint 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.