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Zimbabwean president sacks health minister

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<p><strong>Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa has sacked his health minister, who has been charged with corruption over illegally awarding a $20 million contract for coronavirus testing equipment.</strong></p> <p>66 year old Obadiah Moyo, was arrested in June following an investigation by the country’s anti-corruption commission. He has been released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on July 31.</p> <p>Presidential chief secretary Misheck Sibanda confirmed that Moyo has been sacked from office for “conduct inappropriate for a government minister”.</p> <p>The sacked-Moyo is accused of awarding a $20 million contract to Drax Consult <span class="caps">SAGL</span>, a Dubai-based company created just months ago, to supply personal protective equipment and <span class="caps">COVID</span>-19 test kits.</p> <p>After Zimbabwe’s opposition condemned the deal, the government cancelled all contracts with the company, according to local media reports.</p> <p>Moyo also faces charges in two other cases, which date back to last year for the supply of general medical equipment to public hospitals.</p> <p><strong><em>Agencies</em></strong></p>
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