Health Minister Dismisses Reports Of Fallout With Demoted Perm Sec
The Minister of Health and Child Care, Obadiah Moyo, has dismissed reports of a fallout with the former permanent secretary in the Ministry, Dr Agnes Mahomva, leading to her demotion.
Mahomva was on Tuesday reappointed Chief Coordinator, National Response to Covid-19 pandemic in the office of the President and Cabinet.
Moyo told NewZimbabwe.com on Tuesday that the allegations of a fallout were false. He said:
The allegations are false but I cannot comment on that issue. You can refer your questions to the chief secretary in the office of the President.
Several reports have claimed that tension had grown between Dr Mahomva and the Health Minister after she cancelled three tenders that had been illegally awarded to some government officials to supply COVID-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
It is further claimed that of the selected three companies, one had no capacity, the other company had no bank account while the last one had test kits that had not been approved.
Dr Mahomva was reportedly ignoring the Minister’s directives and had virtually created a “parallel” Ministry in the past few months.