“I can confirm that the Minister of Health and Child Welfare has been arrested,” anti-corruption commission spokesperson John Makamure told AFP.
The minister “is currently detained in the police station of Rhodesville” located in the capital Harare, he added, adding that his arrest was linked “to the acquisition of equipment against the Covid-19”.
Obadiah Moyo “could appear” in court on Saturday, he also said.
The main opposition party in Zimbabwe, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), on Thursday accused the government of having charged a medical company created just two months ago of supplying it with equipment in the fight against Covid-19.
Drax Consult SAGL has been awarded a $ 20 million contract to supply, among other things, Covid tests and protective equipment to Zimbabwe.
In March, the Hungarian authorities, where the company is registered, were concerned about the suspicious payment of $ 2 million to the company’s account.
The Zimbabwean government has yet to comment on the matter.
To date, the country has recorded 479 cases of contamination by the new coronavirus, including four deaths. But this figure could be underestimated given the low number of tests available in Zimbabwe, plunged since the early 2000s into a serious economic crisis that has ruined the state, including its public health service.