A Harare regional magistrate Hosea Mujaya has evoked section 232 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act to allow fresh evidence to be tabled in court against NatPham boss, Newman Madzikwa.
Prosecutor Zivanai Macharaga had applied to have new evidence led in court following a discovery of recordings which are crucial to nail the accused and the court approved the move.
Mujaya permitted the application on the basis that he too wanted to hear the evidence which will be tabled through a fresh witness who was not on the initial list when the accused was given state outline.
Madzikwa who is facing two counts of criminal abuse of office, is being represented by Harrison Nkomo.
He was allegedly appointed as the acting manager of NatPharm fraudulently by former Health minister David Parirenyatwa through a directive to the NatPharm board without following procedure.
It is the State’s case that Madzikwa, contrary to the requirements, directed his financial manager Roland Mlalazi in a management meeting held on September 3, to effect a 11% hike for handling charges from 4% without following authority and this could have potentially caused price hikes of basic drugs to consumers.
In the second count, Madzikwa is alleged to have acted in contrary to his duties by handpicking a Danish company called MissionPharma to supply medicines worth $10m without going to tender.
Madzikwa is currently out on $200 bail