The Government of President Emmerson Mnangagwa has started the investigations into the circumstances of a botched US$100 million deal to supply the country’s referral hospitals with modern equipment.
The deal was brokered by the former President Robert Mugabe-led administration. According to the deal, the government continues to make payments, however, full equipment was never delivered.
Dr Obadiah Moyo, Health and Childcare Minister, has stated the following,
“Yes, we want to know, through the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu), exactly what happened (in the US$100 million deal).”
It has also been mentioned that the unit would rope in other law-enforcement bodies as the scope of the probe could broaden to include procurement deals in public hospitals.
In order to deal with the situation in public hospitals, Treasury has since released US$1 million, which will be used for medicines and equipment. However, Dr Moyo highlighted the need for hospitals to liaise and consult before making any purchases on their own.