Fines for bribe tak­ers caught on CCTV

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Thu­peyo Mu­leya

TWO im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers who were re­cently ar­rested af­ter they were caught on Closed-cir­cuit Tele­vi­sion (CCTV) tak­ing bribes from trav­ellers have each been fined $200 by a Beit­bridge mag­is­trate.

Pre­cious Ndomu­pei Dumbu and Ti­nashe Go­tosa de­nied charges of crim­i­nal abuse of of­fice when they ap­peared be­fore Ms Glo­ria Takundwa but she con­victed them due to over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence against them.

Dumbu and Go­tosa were rep­re­sented by Mr Rea­son Mu­timba of Nyikadzino le­gal prac­tice.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Mr Lloyd Mup­fungidza said the duo were on duty on Au­gust 4 at Beit­bridge bor­der post when they were caught on cam­era by se­cu­rity per­son­nel tak­ing R300 from two trav­ellers.

The two were picked up by po­lice de­tec­tives soon af­ter col­lect­ing the bribe, but the money and the pass­ports were not re­cov­ered.

The close cir­cuit cam­eras are part of a raft of se­cu­rity up­grades at the bor­der as Gov­ern­ment moves to re­duce in­ci­dents of cor­rup­tion and smug­gling at the coun­try’s ports of en­try.

Re­cently, Gov­ern­ment se­cured $600 000 which has been used to among oth­ers buy bor­der pa­trol ve­hi­cles, lie de­tec­tors, mineral and metal de­tec­tors as well as pa­trol mo­tor bikes and se­cret cam­eras.

Part of the money is for re­pair­ing the bor­der perime­ter fence which was van­dalised by crim­i­nals.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of CCTVs, eight peo­ple in­clud­ing the two im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers and six po­lice de­tails have been ar­rested.

Re­cently, the Depart­ment of Im­mi­gra­tion re­de­ployed 157 of­fi­cers from ports of en­try coun­try­wide as part of mea­sures to curb cor­rup­tion within its rank and file.

Among those trans­ferred were 26 of­fi­cers from Beit­bridge bor­der post.

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