The government of Zimbabwe, through the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, has apologised to a Kenyan national going by the name African Tigress on Twitter, after she alleged that Zimbabwean immigration officials attempted to extort money from her during a recent visit to Zimbabwe.
In a statement, the Home Affairs Ministry said they are investigating the incident that reportedly took place at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
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Pindula News is publishing the statement issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage this Tuesday:
STATEMENT REGARDING THE COMPLAINT MADE BY “THE AFRICAN TIGRESS” AGAINST IMMIGRATION OFFICIALS AT THE ROBERT GABRIEL MUGABE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage has taken note of a viral video on social media, by a fellow African sister, who goes by the name African Tigress under the Twitter handle @kenyansista.
The lady recounted her alleged traumatic experiences as she sought to enter Zimbabwe through the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
Immigration officials are alleged to have attempted to extort money from the visiting foreign national.
The alleged bribery attempts by Immigration officials are not only deplorable but out of sync with the expected ethical conduct by staff manning our Ports of Entry and Exit.
The alleged unprofessional and criminal conduct by Immigration officials does not reflect our attitudes and decorum as a nation towards our visitors.
Traditionally, Zimbabweans are renowned for their hospitality and friendliness to visitors.
We take this opportunity to advise the nation that investigations are currently underway to ascertain the facts and anyone caught on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with accordingly. The nation will be kept abreast of developments.
We sincerely apologise for the ordeal that our fellow sister was subjected to.
We also take this opportunity to reaffirm our Zero Tolerance for corruption.
Responding to the statement by the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage, which they shared on Twitter, African Tigress wrote: “Ndatenda, Siyabonga, Thank you.“