JUST IN: Health Minister fires two CEOs of top hospitals
The Chief Executive Officers of Harare Hospital, Dr Nyasha Masuka (pictured) and Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals, Dr. Thomas Zigora have been fired by the Minister of Health Obadiah Moyo.
They were fired for not being at their hospitals when Moyo came with a United Arab Emirates (UAE) prospective benefactor, Julphar pharmaceuticals.
Julphar, one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the Middle East and Africa, has pledged its support to the Zimbabwean government to help boost the country’s healthcare sector, following President Mnangagwa’s visit to the UAE, and has sent a delegation to have a look-around at Zimbabwe’s health infrastructure.
Minsiter Moyo was reportedly irked that the key hospital staff such as CEOs were not available when he took the visiting team on a tour, a development ZOOMZimbabwe understands he took as a sabotage on the President’s effort.
A source familiar with the developments said: “We were shocked hearing that Dr Masuka was fired given he was a hardworking, frank and disciplined chief executive.
“You cant just fire someone like that like a dog. It would be acceptable if they gave him a formal warning.”
With indications attributing the dismissal linked to the United Arab Emirates delegation visit at the institution, the source thinks there could be ulterior motives.
The UAE delegation has been touring the country’s health institutions with Health and Child Care Minister Dr Obadiah Moyo whose mobile phone was unreachable being the tour guide.
“I think there is more to the notion that he was fired because of the UAE delegation. What happened was that when the UAE delegation arrived at the hospital, Dr Masuka was not in the office.
“You see most of the time when you hold such a position as CEO, you are hardly available in the office as you will be attending other crucial meetings. There are often times that even the President could arrive at the institution when you will be out on official business meaning you have to return to the office,” the source said.
“I am convinced there could be ulterior motives leading to this development.”
The source added that this is not the first time such a case has happened.
“You know the past four superintendents were sacked in the same manner and one of them was told to raise his hands and walk out the door,” said the source. “You know what they do is when someone is dedicated to his job, they fire him.”
Dr Masuka who was once a Provincial Medical Director for Matebeleland North joined Harare Hospital in May last year.