Hospital Official Arrested For Hiring Candidate Who Failed Interviews

A senior official at Shurugwi District Hospital was arrested and arraigned before the courts for alleged criminal abuse of office after hiring a nurse aide candidate who had failed interviews for the post.

It is alleged that Sibusisiwe Mangwiro, a Human Resources Officer at Shurugwi District Hospital, unlawfully appointed Jennifer Mashoko as the nurse aide for Zviumwa Clinic, disregarding the results of the interview.

The state alleges that sometime in May 2020, a vacancy for a nurse aide arose at Zviumwa clinic in Ward 16 Tongogara Rural District Council, Shurugwi.

Candidates whose entry qualifications included five ordinary level subjects with Grade C or better, valid Red Cross Certificate, not more than 40 years of age while also being a resident of Tongogara RDC Ward 16 were invited for interviews.

Initial screening was done using the above-mentioned criteria and only three candidates (a) Rhoda Samantha Mangoma (b) Jenifer Mashoko (c) Isabeth Nhengo were found to have the relevant qualifications.

Isabeth Nhengo got 63 percent, Jenifer Mashoko 52 percent and Rhoda Samantha Mangoma 44 percent prompting the interviewing panel to recommend Isabeth Nhengo for the post. The court heard:

_However, on 21 May 2020, accused intentionally and unlawfully appointed Jennifer Mashoko as the nurse aide for Zviumwa Clinic, disregarding results of the interview._

_Accused subsequently completed assumption of duty forms for Jennifer Mashoko and is currently the nurse aide for Zviumwa Clinic._

Mangwiro, however, hired Jennifer Mashoko prejudicing Isabeth Ndengo who was the deserving candidate.

On 28 May 2021, Mangwiro was arrested and appeared before Magistrate Percy Mukumba at Shurugwi Magistrates Court for initial remand.

She was then remanded out of custody to 29 June 2021 after paying $5 000 bail with reporting conditions at Shurugwi Police Station.

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