Thu, 14 Nov 2019

Zimbabwe's former minister of health David Parirenyatwa has reportedly been arrested on alleged criminal abuse of office charges.

According to New, Parirenyatwa was arrested on Thursday and was being questioned by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID)'s Serious Fraud Squad.

It was not immediately clear what his offence, the report said.

Parirenyatwa was recently axed from his ministerial post after serving in the post for nearly 10 years.

He first came to the post in 2002 to 2009, and then was again appointed into the post from 2013 to 2018.

A report by the state-owned Herald newspaper said Parirenyatwa was expected to appear in court on a corruption charge.

Meanwhile, ZW News quoted an unnamed police official as saying the former minister's arrest was also linked to an "appointment of a relative to head a hospital, while that relative was still employed by the National Pharmaceutical Company of Zimbabwe (NatPharm)".

Another unnamed source said Parirenyatwa's arrest had to do with former president Robert Mugabe era factional wars between Mnangagwa and former first lady Grace Mugabe.

"Its Mnangagwa and (Vice President Constantino) Chiwenga's time to revenge and settle factional scores," the source was quoted as saying.

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