Arrested Zim Health Minister linked to terrorist group

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A Zimbabwe Minister who was arrested for corruption in Covid-19 procurement is now being alleged to have awarded a tender to a company linked to a terrorist group.

Minister of Health and Child Care Obadiah Moyo was arrested on Friday night over the Covidgate scandal is facing three charges of criminal abuse of office.

According to the state, the former radio DJ caused a tender to be awarded to a company called Papi Pharma LLC whose director Klodian Allabjeu is linked to “terrorist group” known as Gulen Movement.

Part of the court papers read,

On 29 May 2019, NatPharm then used a direct purchase method and awarded tender number NAT DP 11/19 to Papi Pharma LLC before due diligence was concluded.

On 14 June 2019, an adverse report was received from the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Ambassador J. Manzou indicating that the company and its Director, Klodain Allajbeu were linked to a terrorist group known as Gulen Movement.

By causing the awarding of a tender and entering into a contract with Papi Pharma LLC, the accused showed favour to Papi Pharma LLC causing a potential prejudice of US$15 million to the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

According to the BBC , The Gülen movement is a well-organised community of people – not a political party – named after the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen.

He is regarded by followers as a spiritual leader and sometimes described as Turkey’s second most powerful man. The imam promotes a tolerant Islam which emphasises altruism, modesty, hard work and education.

The movement is designated as a terrorist organization by Turkey, Pakistan, and the GCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf). The GCC includes, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates.

Moyo was granted ZWL$50 000 bail on Saturday after the state prosecution did not oppose the granting of bail. The matter was remanded to the 31st of July, 2020.

Below are some of the court papers on the charges the Minister is facing.

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