Im­mi­gra­tion de­part­ment trans­fers 157

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

THE De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion has re­de­ployed 157 of­fi­cers from ports of en­try across the coun­try in com­pli­ance with the Gov­ern­ment’s di­rec­tive to trans­fer all those who have stayed at their sta­tions for more than five years.

So far, the Zim­babwe Repub­lic Po­lice (ZRP) has re­de­ployed 500 po­lice of­fi­cers from Beit­bridge to var­i­ous sta­tions across the coun­try, while the Ju­di­cial Ser­vices Com­mis­sion has also ini­ti­ated the process.

Fur­ther­more, the Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) and the Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion De­part­ment (VID) have moved 200 and 46 of­fi­cers coun­try­wide re­spec­tively.

It is re­ported that the move to re­de­ploy Gov­ern­ment work­ers was mainly ne­ces­si­tated by ram­pant cor­rup­tion at ports of en­try es­pe­cially at Beit­bridge border post, where con­ges­tion and de­lays fuel cor­rup­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to a memo dated Au­gust 23, and signed by the De­part­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion’s Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Mr Stephen Museki, the trans­fers were in line with a di­rec­tive from the Of­fice of the Pres­i­dent’s cir­cu­lar C/3/667of July 19, 2006. The Chron­i­cle is in possession of the doc­u­ment. Sources at Beit­bridge yes­ter­day said im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers have al­ready been no­ti­fied of the trans­fers.

“A to­tal of 157 peo­ple have been moved and 26 of the of­fi­cers are from Beit­bridge Border post.

“Most of the of­fi­cers were al­ready aware of the im­mi­nent trans­fers fol­low­ing a re­cent visit by Mr Museki to Beit­bridge,” said a source.

The Gov­ern­ment has since ap­pointed a Cab­i­net team to fight smug­gling and cor­rup­tion at Beit­bridge border post which is chaired by Home Af­fairs Min­is­ter, Dr Ig­natius Chombo.

Dur­ing a re­cent visit to Beit­bridge, Dr Chombo said the Gov­ern­ment had mo­bilised $600 000 which will be used in mo­bil­is­ing re­sources to curb leak­ages that are af­fect­ing the max­i­mum col­lec­tion of rev­enue at the port of en­try.

He said the coun­try was los­ing po­ten­tial rev­enue through un­der­hand ac­tiv­i­ties at ports of en­try.

Dr Chombo said part of the money had been used in in­stalling CCTVs, pur­chas­ing of pa­trol ve­hi­cles, mo­tor bikes, mo­bile and lug­gage scan­ners, metal de­tec­tors and lie de­tec­tors.

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

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