By STAFF Reporter
The Government of Zimbabwe scumbed to public pressure and dumped two contracts worth US$60 Million with a dubious DRAX INTERNATIONAL company which is understood to have been established in 2020.
This was revealed in a letter written by the Secretary for Finance and Economic Development, Mr. G. T. Guvamatanga to his counterpart Secretary for Health and Child Care, Dr. G. Mhlanga.
“As you are aware, a meeting was held between the Ministries of Finance and Economic Development, and that of Health and Child Care in which a representative of Drax Consult was invited to participate to discuss the contract on the supply of COVID-19 requirement, as well as the suspension of the USD20 million contract and the cancellation of the USD40 million contract with the same company”.
“One of the outcomes of the meeting was that Government did not accept the prices that had bee quoted on items under the above mentioned contracts and Drax Consult was advised to engage Natpham to review the prices downwards.
In this regard, the exceptional authorization for the release of a consignment of COVID-19 equipment which was being held at R.G.Mugabe International Airport as advised in my letter of 8 May 2020, was based on the urgent need for Test Kits in the country.”