Parirenyatwa trial postponed

The trial of former Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office after having allegedly gave NatPham an order to hire Newman Madzikwa as its director has been rolled over to tomorrow for cross examination of Dr George Washaya a former board chair with NatPham.

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The trial of former Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office after having allegedly gave NatPham an order to hire Newman Madzikwa as its director has been rolled over to tomorrow for cross examination of Dr George Washaya a former board chair with NatPham.

The defense asked for a postponment as the intend to listen to the audio recordings to verify if the notes they have which was gathered from Dr Washaya’s evidence is tallying from what was recorded by the court.

When Dr Washaya testified, the court heard that the ex-health minister had not committed a criminal offense by suggesting Newman Madzikwa’s hiring.

“As NatPharm board, we discovered that Mrs Sifeku was being overwhelmed with work. Stock levels of drugs continued to shrink, and she would take too long to procure medicines,” he said.

“There was an outcry from the whole country because of her inability. For example, early last year, urgent action was needed to procure drugs during the first quarter of the year, but she only managed to do so in the second quarter.

“The former minister had done a lot of things which benefited NatPharm and we would never take his move to appoint Madzikwa as a wrong one.

“For example, he (Parirenyatwa) facilitated a $26 million fund to secure NatParm debt and helped us with sourcing land to build very big warehouses at Harare central hospital as well as in Masvingo and Mutare”

following a request by the defense to have the record transcribed.

Dr Washaya will be cross examined tomorrow.

Parirentatwa who is represented by James Makina and Deepak Mehta has long pleaded not guilty indicating that he made all his decisions in compliance with the ministry’s ‘100 day action plan’ and the

Brian Vito is prosecuting.