Govt cancels deals with Drax International
By Staff Reporter
TREASURY has ordered National Pharmaceutical Company (NatPharm) to cancel all its contracts with Drax, a Swiss registered medicines supplier mired in a tender scam involving one of President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s sons.
In correspondence to NatPharm managing director Flora Sifeku, Finance Ministry permanent secretary George Guvamatanga said the cancellation process must be completed by this Friday.
“You are directed to cancel contracts that you had with Drax SAGL with immediate effect,” Guvamatanga wrote.
“Please be advised that this process needs to be completed by latest Friday 12th June 2020 and all documentation showing cancellation of the same to be submitted in my office by then.
“Please treat this issue with the urgency that it requires.”
Drax, fronted by controversial Zimbabwe businessman Delish Nguwaya, made headlines recently when it emerged it was awarded a US$1 million procurement contract without going to tender.
The dodgy deal sucked in Collins Mnangagwa, who was linked to the deal as a partner to Nguwaya.
The scam also spotlighted on President Mnangagwa’s hollow pledges to deal with high level corruption in the country.