HARARE – A TV host whose DNA paternity show was cut short by the Zimbabwe Health Professions Authority (HPAZ) has approached the High Court to challenge the ruling.
Tinashe Mugabe’s hit show The Closure DNA saw fathers unsure of the paternity of their children on the show to secure public disclosure of the DNA test results.
HPAZ shut down the show in September after claiming that Mugabe and his company Global Parentage Services, operating as Global DNA Zimbabwe, violated terms it set, including the company’s obligation to employ at any time a professional laboratory scientist.
The regulatory authority said Mugabe was neither qualified nor competent to publish DNA test results.
Mugabe is now suing HPAZ and the Medical Laboratory and Clinical Scientists Council Zimbabwe (MCAZ) to challenge the suspension of its operations and the closure of its offices.
The TV host – once featured on Australian TV accused of publishing falsified DNA test results – wants the actions of HPAZ and MCAZ declared null and void.
Mugabe denies that his business is a medical business requiring regulation by HPAZ, insisting that he only registered with them to comply in order to operate freely.
Mugabe said after starting his DNA testing business he was approached by HPAZ who advised him to register with them.
Under the conditions, Global DNA was advised to employ a laboratory scientist and was also registered under MCAZ as a collection site.
He said he complied with registration guidelines until his scientist resigned from his job.
Mugabe said their center is just a collection site and samples are being sent out of Zimbabwe to be tested before the results are sent back to Zimbabwe.
He insists that his company does not “diagnose, treat, mitigate or prevent any disease, injury or disability, abnormal condition, physical or mental, or symptoms in humans as defined by law. on the health professions “.
He specifies that his company does not in any way fall within the definition of a health establishment as defined by the Law.
Mugabe said employing a lab scientist does not mean Global DNA is now a medical facility and maintains that it is not necessary or required.
In this regard, he requests a declaration that the HPAZ cannot in law order the closure of its offices because Global DNA is not a health establishment.
âThe business that the applicant carries on dies does not make it eligible for registration as a healthcare facility. Registration as such was unnecessary and therefore void. The respondents did not act legally within the meaning of S 3 (1) (a) of the Administrative Justice Act (Chapter 10; 28) in that they exercised powers against Global DNA that they did not not. Its action is therefore null â, plead Mugabe’s lawyers.
Mugabe said that, assuming his business is eligible for registration as a healthcare facility and that it should indeed be registered as a healthcare facility, the authority’s decision to immediately suspend its certificates registration and ordering the closure of its offices is substantially and procedurally unfair.
He said the suspension was punitive in nature and should have been done after hearing his comments.
âGlobal DNA Zimbabwe rightly expected to be heard before an adverse decision was taken against it. He therefore has an interest in the case before this honorable court insofar as his activity has been suspended illegally, with a great loss for his income and the benefits that it has brought to the users of its services â, argue the lawyers of Mugabe, Maunga Maanda and Associates.
The case is pending.