‘Bribes’ Zimra of­fi­cers in court

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

TWO im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers who were last week ar­rested af­ter they were caught on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­eras tak­ing bribes from trav­ellers, ap­peared in court on Satur­day morn­ing charged with crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice.

Pre­cious Ndomu­pei Dumbu and Ti­nashe Go­tosa, were picked up by de­tec­tives soon af­ter col­lect­ing the money.

It is al­leged that they were paid to tam­per with stamps for two trav­ellers that had over­stayed in the coun­try.

The CCTVs are part of se­cu­rity up­grades at the bor­der post as Gov­ern­ment seeks to re­duce in­ci­dents of cor­rup­tion and smug­gling at the ports of en­try.

So far, Gov­ern­ment has se­cured $600 000 which has been used to buy bor­der pa­trol ve­hi­cles, lie de­tec­tors, min­eral and metal de­tec­tors, pa­trol mo­tor bikes, se­cret cam­eras and re­pair­ing the bor­der perime­ter fence that had been van­dalised by crim­i­nals.

The CCTVs were in­stalled in the past two months at points un­known to bor­der of­fi­cials.

Dumbu and Go­tosa, who are rep­re­sented by Mr Rea­son Mu­timba of Nyikadzino le­gal prac­ti­tion­ers, ap­peared be­fore mag­is­trate Mr Godswill Mavenge charged with crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice. They were re­leased on $100 bail each. Al­le­ga­tions are that they were on duty last Thurs­day when they were caught on cam­era by se­cu­rity per­son­nel tak­ing bribes of R300 from two trav­ellers.

They were picked up by po­lice de­tec­tives soon af­ter col­lect­ing the money.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of CCTVs, four peo­ple in­clud­ing the two im­mi­gra­tion and two po­lice of­fi­cers (Con­sta­bles Mar­velous Nyikadzino and Ku­dak­washe Zva­van­oda) have been ar­rested, and not six Zimra of­fi­cials as ear­lier re­ported.

It has emerged that no Zimra of­fi­cial was among those ar­rested and the in­con­ve­nience caused is sin­cerely re­gret­ted.

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