CHITUNGWIZA Central Hospital is trailed by massive corruption, with the chief executive Enoch Maida allegedly working in cahoots with top management at the hospital to milk the institution dry, Zim Morning Post can reveal.
The alleged culprits are embroiled in the pillaging of resources through unaccounted for fuel rations and educational allowances for some of its top management’s school-going children.
The scam allegedly dates back to the days when current Health minister Obadiah Moyo was chief executive in 2018.
This publication has it on solid ground that the Chitungwiza Medical Board – an entity which he chairs – allegedly clandestinely allocated him an extra 1 200 litres of fuel in addition to the 600 litres normally allowed by the Health Services Board (HSB) for health personnel in his position.
“Maida and some of his colleagues at Chitungwiza Central Hospital are stealing from the institution, money which could run into hundreds of thousands of United States dollars, traceable to 2018,” said the source that preferred anonymity.
“The CEO is officially allocated 600 litres of fuel monthly by the HSB but the Chitungwiza Medical Board has come up with another unauthorised 1 200 litres, bringing his fuel total allocation to 1 800 litres,” the source added.
Maida is further alleged to be getting an out of contract US$100 000 each per term for four of his children attending an unnamed private school, bringing the unsanctioned termly tuition “benefits” to US$400 OO0.
“The tuition benefits the CEO is getting are illegal, but what is more worrisome is that the four beneficiary students could even be nonexistent,” the insider said.
Some of Maida’s contractual benefits include permission to sit on four professional bodies from which he gets sitting allowances and several hours in air time, including car allowances whose terms the Zim Morning Post source is not privy to.
Zim Morning Post also heard of one Bhara and a clinical director, both senior employees at Chitungwiza Central Hospital, who are also allegedly receiving 1 000 litres of fuel each per month, unbeknown to the hospital board.
“The tragic end of all this corruption is pregnant women in the maternity ward at the institution sleeping on the floor and without linen.
“Newly-born babies at the hospital are also sharing resources, with at times four of them making do with one incubator. That is unacceptable, particularly with seniors like Maida busy looting,” said the Zim Morning Post source.
Questions sent to Maida’s WhatsApp platform were not responded to despite them having been delivered and read.
The hospital has been dogged with several financial misappropriations, even during the time of former CEO, Moyo.
It is also alleged that now Health minister at one time hired an IT company, Twenty Third Century Systems, to provide an accounting auditing system that also seriously bled the hospital.