CCTV nails 6 cor­rupt Zimra of­fi­cials

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Opin­ion/anal­y­sis/ Na­tional News -

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

The Fer­ret squad is made up of var­i­ous se­cu­rity agents at the bor­der in­clud­ing Zimra and Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials.

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

A fort­night ago, two mem­bers of the Po­lice Sup­port Unit were picked up by de­tec­tives from the Bor­der Con­trol Unit col­lect­ing money from il­le­gal im­mi­grants who were leav­ing and en­ter­ing the coun­try.

The of­fi­cial added that two Zimra of­fi­cials had also fallen vic­tim to the CCTVs when they were seen col­lect­ing money from smug­glers.

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

Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter Dr Ig­natius Chombo said dur­ing a re­cent visit to Beit­bridge Bor­der Post that the Govern­ment had se­cured $600,000 that would be used in mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to curb cor­rup­tion at the port of en­try.

He said cor­rup­tion was af­fect­ing the Govern­ment’s rev­enue col­lec­tion ca­pac­ity.

The Min­is­ter, who heads a Cabi­net crack team set up to look into op­er­a­tions and re­duce smug­gling ac­tiv­i­ties, said the coun­try is los­ing a lot of po­ten­tial rev­enue through un­der­hand deals at the ports of en­try.

Other mem­bers of the in­ter-min­is­te­rial team in­clude the Min­is­ters of Fi­nance and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Mines and Min­ing De­vel­op­ment, En­vi­ron­ment Wa­ter and Cli­mate, In­dus­try and Com­merce, and Agri­cul­ture, Mech­a­ni­sa­tion and Ir­ri­ga­tion De­vel­op­ment.

He said so far they had bought mo­tor­bikes and ve­hi­cles for pa­trols along the bound­ary line.

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

Dr Chombo said they were work­ing on set­ting up a new bor­der perime­ter fence to re­place the one that was van­dalised by crim­i­nals.

“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.

“It’s sad that Zimra is col­lect­ing $800,000 against a daily av­er­age of $1,2 mil­lion,” he said.

He said soon they will in­tro­duce poly­graph ma­chines that will see work­ers at the bor­der be­ing sub­jected to lie de­tec­tor tests which is the norm in­ter­na­tion­ally.

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