The managing director of the CMED, Davison Mhaka has been sent on forced leave pending investigations into a US$3 million fuel scam in which an oil company, First Oil, failed to deliver three million litres of diesel to the parastatal. The fuel manager Brian Manjengwa was also suspended to facilitate investigations. In his letter to Mhaka, CMED board chairman Godwills Masimirembwa said: “Please be advised that the CMED board of directors has resolved to send you on an indefinite forced leave on full benefits with immediate effect. This step has been taken to facilitate investigations being carried out by the board regarding the First Oil transaction in which CMED was prejudiced (of) US$2.7 million. Note that while on leave you are not allowed to visit any CMED premises for whatever reason, unless you have been granted permission to do so by the board.” Manjengwa was given until 15 August to respond to charges of gross unsatisfactory work performance, willful disobedience to a lawful order, theft or fraud and gross disregard of standing procedures or rules.