President Emmerson Mnangagwa Should Suspend All Individuals Implicated in the Covidgate Scandal in Zimbabwe

Kwekwe, Zimbabwe: The Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-SA) is deeply concerned with an increase in corruption cases in which high profile individuals; especially Politically exposed Persons (PePs) are involved. This follows allegations of grand acts of corruption in the procurement of personal protective equipment (PPE) to cover the needs for Covid-19 response. Implicated individuals of a high profile nature include Health Minister Dr. Obadiah Moyo.

The Covidgate scandal is more worrying considering that individuals implicated are supposed to be exemplary due to the nature of their duties and responsibilities in society. The list of these individuals include: Dr. Obadiah Moyo, George Guvamatanga, Florah Nancy Sifeku, Charles Mwaramba and Rolland Mlalaz among others.

Mr. David Jamali, the Chairperson of ACT-SA urges President Mnangagwa to immediately suspend all individuals implicated in the Covidgate scandal.

“We urge President Mnangagwa to immediately suspend Health minister Obadiah Moyo and all those fingered in the Covidgate scandal. It’s equally scandalous to keep them in office when they have caused so much harm to the country and the people of Zimbabwe. All these individuals should be suspended until they are cleared by competent courts of law ” he says

The Covidgate scandal is not the only one in which PePs have been implicated. ACT-SA has evidence to show that a scheme to cushion the informal sector against loss due to the national Covid-19 lockdown has also been hijacked. Names of some high profile individuals have been listed as the beneficiaries.

Other scandals in which high profile individuals have been fingered include: the Zisco Steel blast Furnace Scandal (1987), Air Zimbabwe Fokker Plane Scandal-$100 million (1987), National Railways Housing Scandal (1986), Willowgate Scandal (1988), ZRP Santana Scandal (1989), War Victims Compensation Scandal (1994), GMB Grain Scandal (1995), VIP Housing Scandal (1996), Boka Banking Scandal (1998), ZESA YTL Soltran Scandal (1998), Telecel Scandal (1998), Harare City Council Refuse Tender Scandal (1998), Housing Loan Scandal (1999), Noczim Scandal (1999), DRC timber and diamond Un reported scandals (1999), GMB Scandal (1999), Ministry of water and rural development Chinese tender scandal (1999), VIP Land Grab Scandal (1999), Harare Airport Scandal (2001), Airport Road Scandal (2008-2014), Command Agriculture Scandal (2016) and the Zesa scam Involving Samuel Undenge’s criminal abuse of office (2018)

Source: Anti-Corruption Trust of Southern Africa (ACT-Southern Africa)