Parirenyatwa's trial fails to kick off

HARARE - The trial of former Health and Child Care minister David Parirenyatwa who is facing charges of criminal abuse of office failed to commence yesterday due to unavailability of his lawyer.

Parirenyatwa stands accused of interfering with and prejudicing the National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm) of $15 003.

Instructing attorney James Makiya told the court that advocate Lewis Uriri, who is representing Parirenyatwa, is not available for three weeks.

Harare magistrate Bianca Makwande rolled the matter to December 11 for trial.

It is the State’s case that on June 4, Parirenyatwa directed Natpharm board chairperson George Washaya to end Flora Nancy Sifeku’s contract as managing director and imposed the ministry’s deputy director (pharmaceutical services) Newman Madzikwa in the post from June 1 this year.


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