Arrest minister, legislators say

HARARE - Members of Parliament from across the political divide say they want Health minister David Parirenyatwa and two other senior government officials accused of benefitting irregularly from the financially-strapped Premier Service Medical Aid Society (Psmas) arrested.

This emerged in the National Assembly yesterday when both ruling Zanu PF and opposition MDC legislators united in calling for all the people linked to the alleged plunder of the health insurer’s resources to be brought to book.

Debating a motion by MDC Bulawayo Central MP Eddie Cross, Zanu PF Buhera South MP, Joseph Chinotimba, said Parliament should summon Parirenyatwa to explain the

circumstances under which he had claimed a contentious advance payment of $77 000 from Psmas recently.

The colourful legislator said while MPs normally disagreed on many issues along political party lines, “it would be the height of insanity if we fail to agree that the minister involved should come to this House and be held accountable”.

He bemoaned the fact that the government had for a long time ignored the legislators’ call to deal decisively with corruption, adding that the country faced the danger of the scourge spiralling out of control.

“Mr Speaker sir, it is time this House shows the nation that it has teeth to bite and the Psmas case presents us with that opportunity.

“It is you Mr Speaker who has the power to make them (senior government officials) appear before this House, and if they refuse they can be charged with contempt of Parliament.

“In other countries like China, they would have been arrested together with their relatives over the matter.

Why are we not calling for their arrest here?” Chinotimba charged.

He also revealed that MPs had recently sought clarification on the matter from Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa in Victoria Falls “but we were told that government has no business in Psmas, and we were then left wondering what the minister was doing”.

Zanu PF MP for Mazowe South, Fortune Chasi, weighed in saying, “I have no hesitation in associating with the motion because this House needs to take remedial action because failure to do so would be a serious indictment on this House”.

Cross, whose motion was seconded by his Mabvuku-Tafara counterpart James Maridadi, expressed concern that the government had tolerated corruption in parastatals for too long now, describing the scourge as a “cancer vexing the nation”.

“Government has been sitting on the Psmas audit report that was concluded as way back as February this year and showed the institution’s (former) CEO Cuthbert Dube’s profligacy without acting on it.

“I don’t understand why there has not been any action taken.

“I hope the House will be united in having the minister involved coming here to account for the money he got.

“We also need to establish the culpability of Psmas in approving Dube’s over $500 000 monthly salary and allowances so that we can act on them if they did, but if they did not then Dube should be pursued in his personal capacity,” Cross said.

He also cited corruption cases at Nssa and in the financial services sector where depositors have lost their hard-earned money as banks collapsed, expressing disgust that no one has ever been arrested.

Although Parirenyatwa has defended his dealings with Psmas, saying it was a common practice in the medical fraternity, he has come under fire from various stakeholders who accuse him of abusing his public office for personal benefit.

Parirenyatwa’s troubles started when he, together with Labour minister Prisca Mupfumira, allegedly forced the Psmas board to reinstate its suspended managing director, Henry Mandishona.

Comments (12)

It is so frustrating that when you go to a doctor with a Psmas card you are always told to pay a shortfall upfront before getting treated.We contribute religiously to psmas but sometimes poor people like us are unable to get the services that we will have paid for. The Dubes of this day getting monthly salaries of USD500.000 and you get someone in high offices claiming such large sums of money for whatever dubious services he claims to have rendered. Surely Cde Chinos press on this issue until someone is brought to book.

Psmas contributor - 18 November 2015

Its ok to gain political milage Chinos kkk

Realist - 18 November 2015

if governement fails to act on this issue of this minister then talking of corruption in future will not hold any water

zuze - 18 November 2015

MPs should call for the arrest of Mugabe also for he has destroyed the future of every youth and is watching and reshuffling his corrupt Ministers since 1980.

Mentalist - 18 November 2015

Cuthbert Dube,the fool and novice I have Neva heard .Viva plundering Zimbabwe

jerenyenje - 18 November 2015

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machisi - 18 November 2015

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machisi - 18 November 2015

This is a real test of govt's resolve to fight corruption

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mama mather - 19 November 2015

Capitation by itself is not corruption. He was advanced as a service provider considering an on-going mutual relationship btwn his private medical company and PSMAS. As PSMAS we have owed Dr Pari huge amounts of money and NOT only once. There isn't any talk of corruption that should be attached to this transaction when such a reliable service provider is advanced 77k as if that was the end of our working relationship. Considering how we work with Chest company, 77k as an advance is a very small figure. The matter would have hold water if he wasn't a service provider but he received such an amount. George Charamba who sat on the previous board among other highly placed figures are the ones who should have corruption charges pressed on them coz Charamba would receive huge amounts of money including the 100k mentioned in previous publications.

PSMAS WORKER - 20 November 2015

There are more clear corruption cases at PSMAS. Munyonga, Mutasa, Gumbo, Mukwesha are implicated in the forensic audit report of February 2015. may they payback and be evicted please. these guys are the ones flagging out this capitation thing to confuse us as if it was a fraudulent transcation yet they are the ones who effected the payment as per their agreement with their service provider-cum-minister. why is it that the transaction was done in May 2014 and they are are only bringing it our when they are have pressure of not having implemented the audit report and when they are mudding Dr. Pari to make him not so good to order Mandishona's reinstatement?? this is clearly a clip of Bvirindi's circus that we should treat with contempt. nxaaa

Fire - 20 November 2015


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