Flash! Zimbabwe: PM’s Aide Arrested For ‘Spending’ $1,500 State Funds On Fake Trip

A close aide of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been arrested for allegedly defrauding the Government of US$1,500 after he claimed travelling and subsistence allowances for a South African trip he did not undertake. 

Edgar Gobvu (27) of Budiriro 2 in Harare was arrested recently before being released to enable police to finalise their investigations.

He was arrested after it was discovered that he gave his passport to his colleague Edward Gudhe, who is believed to have facilitated for it to be stamped at both exit and entry points.

Both Gobvu and Gudhe are Mr Tsvangirai’s personal aides who are very close to him and whom he has been taking along on various foreign trips.

Deputy national police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Oliver Mandipaka said yesterday that Gobvu would be brought to court once investigations were complete.

“We are investigating the allegations that he fraudulently claimed travelling and subsistence allowances purporting that he was part of PM Tsvangirai’s entourage to South Africa on March 22, but in actual fact he did not undertake the journey for which he claimed US$1 500,” he said.

“When the PM’s delegation left Harare International Airport, the suspect was not part of the delegation. He remained behind and surprisingly he did not withdraw his passport from Edward Gudhe who allegedly facilitated to have Gobvu’s passport stamped by immigration officials upon departure at Harare International Airport and upon arrival and departure at OR Tambo International Airport.”

Chief Supt Mandipaka said when police received the information, they checked with the outgoing passenger manifest and discovered that Gobvu’s name was appearing on the list.

Police further checked the incoming passenger manifest flight number SA024 and discovered that Gobvu’s name was not appearing on the list as did the rest of those on Mr Tsvangirai’s entourage.

Courtesy The Herald

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