Sacked deputy minister grilled, released on bail

MANYARA: Former Deputy Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Ms Pauline Philipo Gekul, has been released on bail following questioning at Babati Police Station on Sunday evening.

The Member of Parliament for Babati Urban and owner of Paleii Lake View Garden is facing serious allegations of torturing and mistreating one of her employees, Hashim Philemon.

The controversy unfolded when a video clip featuring Mr. Philemon went viral on social media on Saturday.

In the video, he narrated incidents of harassment and torture allegedly perpetrated by the Babati Urban MP. The disturbing footage prompted swift action by law enforcement.

Manyara Regional Police Commander, ACP George Katabazi, clarified that Ms Gekul voluntarily appeared at the police station after being summoned for interrogation.

He dismissed rumors circulating on social media that she had been apprehended at the Tanzania-Kenya border while attempting to flee.

“We are continuing with the investigation on this matter; the interrogation has been conducted, and she is now out on bail,” stated RPC Katabazi.

He urged the public to be patient, assuring them that the police force is committed to working based on principles of justice, professionalism, and integrity. “Let me assure you that we will not work against anyone,” he added.

Regarding Hashim Philemon, the victim in this case, the police are actively collecting evidence and interrogating witnesses related to the allegations. RPC Katabazi emphasized the ongoing commitment to a thorough and impartial investigation.

On Saturday, President Samia Suluhu Hassan revoked Ms Gekul’s appointment as the Deputy Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the public is encouraged to remain patient and allow the police to carry out their investigations diligently.

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