Ministry Of Finance permanent secretary George Guvamatanga has celebrated his and his family’s victory over coronavirus infection in style by hiring a private aircraft to fly the entire family to Victoria Falls.
Guvamatanga was infected by the virus which also spread to his wife, young children and household staff.
Doctors have now given Guvamatanga and his family the all clear – and the treasury secretary gave his family cheer by flying them to Victoria Falls.
Guvamatanga, however, did not travel with the family although he momentarily went into the aircraft to ensure his family was comfortable.
Guvamatanga – the government’s paymaster – has been in the eye of a storm after approving dubious payments running into millions of dollars to Drax International, a company linked to President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s twin sons Collins and Shaun. The company was awarded tenders worth over US$60 million to supply drugs and medical devices to the health ministry without going to tender.
Obadiah Moyo was arrested and sacked as health minister over the scandal exposed by ZimLive. Four executives of the state-owned drugs firm NatPharm were also arrested, but no action was taken against Guvamatanga who maintains that the task of doing due diligence on suppliers fell on the health ministry.