Fired Health Minister’s Personal Assistant Arrested

Gideon Mapokotera, the former Personal Assistant (PA) to fired Health and Child Care Minister Obadiah Moyo has been arrested.

Police picked Mapokotera on Thursday at about 2.30 pm on allegations of criminal abuse of office.


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Mapokotera allegedly facilitated the issuance of visas to Ali Mohammad and his family to gain access into the country in contravention of section 174 of the Criminal Law Codification and Reform Act Chapter 9:23.

It is the State’s case that Mapokotera created visa application letters on June 18, 2019, for a single entry visa, September 26, 2019, for a multiple entry visa and November 24, 2019, for multiple entry visas for Ali Mohammad’s family – wife and six children.

The accused person had not been given authority by his principal and further did not bring the heinous development to his attention up to the 25th of November 2020 when the principal was made aware after investigations commenced.

Meanwhile, Muhammad has a case pending before the courts. He is charged together with Henrietta Rushwaya and others on smuggling, unlawful possession of gold, charges which they all deny.

More: The Herald

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Fired Health Minister’s Personal Assistant Arrested