Dr Portia Manangazira denied bail

By Owen Mandovha

Director of Epidemiology and Diesel Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Dr Portia Manangazira who is facing four counts of criminal abuse of office, has been denied bail.

Government’s anti- corruption drive has seen the Director of Epidemiology and Disease Control in the Ministry of Health and Child Care being dragged before the courts for allegedly abusing her authority.

It is alleged that Dr Manangazira misappropriated funds and fuel meant for the training of 800 community health workers to raise awareness on Covid-19 in various communities across the country.

The funds and fuel were part of the 796 675 United States dollars disbursed by the Health Ministry for Covid-19 awareness and training programmes.

Dr Manangazire who appeared in court this Tuesday was denied bail on the basis that she could temper with evidence and interfere with state witnesses.

The court further noted that the accused is closely related to the 28 people whom she allegedly recruited and is therefore likely to influence them.

Her father is also one of the people she recruited.

The court also noted that there is no bail condition that can stop the accused from influencing state witnesses because they are her relatives.

She was remanded in custody to the 9th of next month.

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