Three officials from the Registrar-General’s Office and an ex-employee have been arrested on allegations of fraudulently facilitating the issuance of identity documents to Ugandan nationals. The four (names withheld) were arrested this week in Harare and Bindura.
This followed the arrest of three Ugandans who were operating as traditional healers in the city.
The Ugandans were found with genuine Zimbabwean birth certificates, national identification documents and passports.
They implicated the four.
They are assisting police with investigations while the three Ugandans are in remand prison awaiting deportation.
The three were arrested by officers from the Immigration Department following a tip off.
Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Mr Francis Mabika confirmed the development on Wednesday.
“We arrested the three Ugandans and their cases are still under investigation. At the moment we are not at liberty to divulge any other information concerning the case,” he said.
The Herald understands that the three, Richard JJuuko, Nuludini Katende Serunjogi and Kikambi Hassan Mayanga were arrested on December 20 in separate incidents in Sunningdale, city centre and Warren Park where they were practising as traditional healers.
JJuuko was now using the name Richard Junior Mutasha while Serunjogi was Aslum Chiridza.
Investigations revealed that the three officials and an ex-employee helped the foreigners obtain the identity documents after charging them undisclosed amounts of money.
This is not the first time that officials from the RG’s office have been arrested after being implicated in criminal activities.
In September 2011, four senior officials in the Ministry of Home Affairs’ Gweru passport office were slapped with a 15-year-jail term after they stole over 12 000 Emergency Travel Documents.