BULAWAYO, Tuesday, September 13, 1966 — A Rhodesian policeman who filled in a Zambian visa form stating that he was a civil servant, was deported less than an hour after Zambian immigration officials learnt he was a police officer.
He is Mr James Bruce, aged about 20, and stationed at Shabani where he is a patrol officer.
In an interview with our correspondent in Shabani, Mr Bruce said he held a British passport. When the trouble arose he asked to telephone the British High Commissioner in Lusaka.
He was told by a Zambian immigration official that the British diplomats were only guests in Zambia and that Zambia was leaving the Commonwealth anyway.
Mr Bruce said he arrived at Victoria Falls last week and intended crossing to Livingstone to spend a holiday with his sister and brother-in-law.
His sister obtained the visa form and he crossed into Zambia on Tuesday evening.
Shortly afterwards, he continued, two Zambian immigration officers arrived and said he had completed the visa form incorrectly.
He accompanied them to their office where he altered the form to state that he was a policeman stationed at Shabani.
One of the immigration officials then informed him he would have to leave Zambia immediately. He agreed on condition he could collect his car and suitcase, said Mr Bruce.
But instead of driving him to the Livingstone Boat Club, where he had left his car, they drove him to the border customs post and told him his mission had failed and that Rhodesia should stop sending any more spies into Zambia.
The following day, Mr Bruce said, his sister was allowed to drive his car halfway across the Victoria Falls Bridge, where he collected it. His police force number is 007-213.