A regional Magistrate has ruled that the former NatPharm board chair is hostile in a matter in which he is testifying against the former health and child care minister Dr David Parirenyatwa.
This came after the State through Brian Vito had applied to impeach Dr George Washaya as he did not serve the interests of the State which had called him to testify against the former minister \as he had done so through his statement he had initially given to the police.
Dr Washaya however digressed from the testimony and telling the court that Dr Parirenyatwa deserved accolades for the work he had done in the ministry and NatPharm instead of being prosecuted.
Magistrate Elijah Makomo ruled that Dr Washaya was hostile and had to be cross examined by the State.
When Washaya testified, the court heard that the former 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.”