The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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