Two im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers ar­rested for ‘cor­rup­tion’

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

TWO im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers based at Beit­bridge bor­der post were on Thurs­day af­ter­noon ar­rested for al­leged cor­rup­tion af­ter they were caught on cam­era “tak­ing bribes” from trav­ellers.

It is be­lieved that the two were paid R300 each to tam­per with pass­port stamps for two peo­ple who had over­stayed in the coun­try.

By the end of the day yes­ter­day, Pre­cious Ndomu­pei Dumbu and Ti­nashe Go­tosa were still in po­lice cus­tody pend­ing their ap­pear­ance in court in due course.

The ar­rests bring to six the num­ber of bor­der of­fi­cials, who have been ar­rested af­ter the Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced se­cret cam­eras at Beit­bridge bor­der post.

A bor­der of­fi­cial close to the case yes­ter­day said Dumbu and Go­tosa were picked up by the po­lice soon af­ter col­lect­ing the money from two trav­ellers.

“We picked them up soon af­ter they re­ceived the money which was con­cealed in two pass­ports. In­ves­ti­ga­tions are still in progress and they will soon ap­pear in court,” said an of­fi­cial.

A fort­night ago two mem­bers of the po­lice sup­port unit were picked up by de­tec­tives from the bor­der con­trol unit for col­lect­ing money from il­le­gal im­mi­grants who were leav­ing and en­ter­ing the coun­try.

The of­fi­cial added that two Zimbabwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) of­fi­cials had also fallen vic­tim to the cam­eras, when they were seen col­lect­ing money from smug­glers two weeks ago.

Mata­bele­land South po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said he was yet to get in­for­ma­tion on the ar­rests of the im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers.

“I am yet to get full de­tails on the mat­ter,” he said.

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Dr Ig­natius Chombo said dur­ing a re­cent visit to Beit­bridge bor­der post that the Gov­ern­ment had se­cured $600 000 that will be used in mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to curb il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties at the port of en­try.

He said these were af­fect­ing the Gov­ern­ment’s rev­enue col­lec­tion ca­pac­ity.

The Min­is­ter said the coun­try was los­ing a lot of po­ten­tial rev­enue through un­der­hand ac­tiv­i­ties at ports of en­try.

“Lie de­tec­tors have also been ac­quired so that we curb cor­rup­tion among bor­der work­ers,” he said.

Dr Chombo said they were also work­ing to erect a new bor­der perime­ter fence to re­place the one which was heav­ily van­dalised by crim­i­nals to gain ac­cess into the bor­der.

“Mo­bile scan­ners and lug­gage scan­ners are now in use and we will do every­thing in our power in or­der to in­crease the rev­enue col­lec­tion ca­pac­ity,” he said.

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