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US$100m Scam: Government Continues To Pay For Medical Supplies That Were Never Delivered

THE Special Anti-Corruption Unit says it is investigating a case involving a botched US$100 million deal to supply the country’s referral hospitals with modern equipment.

The deal was entered into a few years ago, but the equipment was never supplied yet the government continues to make payments.

“Yes, we want to know, through the Special Anti-Corruption Unit (Sacu), exactly what happened (in the US$100 million deal),” Health Minister Obadiah Moyo told State media.

Sacu is a unit in the Office of the President and Cabinet.

Head of the corruption-busting body Mr Thabani Mpofu said the unit would rope in other law-enforcement bodies as the scope of the probe could broaden to include procurement deals in public hospitals.

“The Minister of Health (and Child Care) Dr Moyo has indeed contacted the Special Anti-Corruption Unit and we are in the process of constructing an action plan on the information he has provided,” he said.

“I cannot divulge the nature of the information provided to the unit as it has to be passed to various law-enforcement agencies for a full investigation, but I can confirm, in light of information received, remedial action will be taken.”

Sacu confirmed it had taken a keen interest into the latest report by the Auditor-General and will accordingly institute investigations where the need arises.

“As we have indicated before, the Special Anti-Corruption Unit has taken interest in the Auditor-General’s report and the process of taking corrective measures where necessary is well underway. The public will be made aware of these in due course,” said Mr Mpofu.

— SundayMail

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