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Team set up to probe blood bank

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The National Blood Service of Zimbabwe (NBSZ) board has appointed a team to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration levelled against chief executive officer, David Mvere.

This follows complaints raised by the organisation’s former procurement manager Emmanuel Masvikeni in papers filed at the Labour Court.

Masvikeni accused Mvere of corruption and maladministration.

In a recent letter to board members, Mvere said the organisation had appointed a team of internal auditors to investigate the charges.

Mvere also said a board meeting which had been scheduled for November 23 had to be deferred so as to give time for the auditors to investigate the allegations and come up with a report.

But Masvikeni claimed the investigation was a cover up, insisting the matter must be investigated by an external team.

In his Labour Court application, Masvikeni accused the blood bank board of allegedly supplying untested blood to hospitals, thereby compromising recipients’ lives.

However, in his opposing affidavit, the chairman of the NBSZ board Leslie George Smith said Masvikeni should have raised the issue while still under the organisation’s employ.

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