By Nokutenda Chiyangwa
The Department of Immigration says it does not have third party representatives offering services around the country and anyone doing so was a criminal bent on sabotaging Government efforts to open Zimbabwe for business and to eradicate corruption.
In a statement, the department said it was aware of elements masquerading as immigration officers or lying that they have connections in the department.
“The department is aware of some unscrupulous elements within our society who purport to be immigration officers and others who claim to be ‘well connected’ and give an impression that without going through them, accessing services at the department is difficult or will not be possible.
“This is a lie intended to mislead and fleece innocent clients of their money,” it said. The department said such criminal acts tarnish its image and that of the country.
“The criminal behaviour not only tarnishes the image of the department, but also that of the country, as it undermines and frustrates Government effort in making doing of business easy.
“Fees payable for various immigration services are stipulated in Statutory Instrument 195/98 as amended by Statutory Instrument 126/05,” said the Department of Immigration. It urged clients to report such criminals to the police.
“If clients are in doubt about the requisite statutory fees they are encouraged to check with the office or management.
“Clients are urged and encouraged to report any activities that are not in tandem with departmental values or their expectations. We are committed to creating an enabling environment for both movement and business.
“Let us join hands in pursuit of common good, combating corruption in all its manifestations and building the public institutions we want,” it added. The Herald