Zimra of­fi­cial caught on cctv col­lect­ing bribe

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News - Whins­ley Masara Chron­i­cle Re­porter

A ZIM­BABWE Rev­enue Au­thor­ity (Zimra) of­fi­cial was al­legedly caught on closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion ( CCTV) col­lect­ing R50 bribe money from a trav­eller at Beit­bridge Border Post on Mon­day.

Shin­gi­rai Maereka, a Zimra rev­enue col­lec­tion of­fi­cer was ar­rested for abuse of of­fice after a sur­veil­lance team spot­ted him on cam­era tak­ing the bribe at around 8 AM.

Mata­bele­land South Po­lice spokesper­son, In­spec­tor Philisani Nde­bele said:

“I can con­firm we have re­ceived a re­port on that mat­ter which is now sub­ju­dice.”

A source at the border said Maereka was op­er­at­ing from the rev­enue col­lec­tion desk where he was as­sess­ing duty pay­ments.

“In­stead of work­ing out duty for trav­ellers, Maereka was seen tak­ing money from a trav­eller and giv­ing him re­bate where it was not de­served.

“R50 was found on him dur­ing the time of ar­rest and he is as­sist­ing po­lice with in­ves­ti­ga­tions to check if there is no ex­tra money hid­den else­where,” said the source.

Sources at the border said they sus­pect the sur­veil­lance team had re­ceived a tip-off from other of­fi­cers to mon­i­tor Maereka re­sult­ing in his ar­rest.

A $600 000 se­cu­rity up­grade at Beit­bridge Border Post is fast pay­ing div­i­dends as cor­rupt Zimra, im­mi­gra­tion and po­lice of­fi­cers have al­ready been ar­rested after be­ing caught on CCTV col­lect­ing bribes.

The Gov­ern­ment se­cured the equip­ment, which also in­cludes lie de­tec­tor ma­chines, to curb cor­rup­tion at the border post and en­sure max­i­mum rev­enue col­lec­tion.

Since the in­tro­duc­tion of CCTVs, eight peo­ple in­clud­ing 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.

Among those trans­ferred were 26 of­fi­cers from Beit­bridge border post. — @win­niemasara

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