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ZACC Intensifies Fight Against Central Registry Rot

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ZACC Media Update

The complainant is Joseph Chamunorwa Nyakazeya, a male adult aged 44 years, residing at 1373, Muromo Lane, Glen Norah A, Harare. He is employed as a Sales and Marketing Executive by Brand Navigation (Pvt) Ltd situated at number 20, 2nd Floor, Anlaby House, Harare.

Accused is female adult aged 30 years residing at 1723, 19th Avenue, Warren Park 1, Harare. She is an Office orderly in the department of births and deaths at Central Registery, Makombe Complex, Harare.

Sometime in March 2021, the complainant was approached by Tofara Mapundu, a female Zimbabwean who is based in Namibia to assist her in applying for a Zimbabwean passport. She gave him the passport application form that had been already filled in with her personal details to submit to Passport Offices at Makombe Complex, Harare, on her behalf.

The Complainant tried to submit the application form and make necessary payment at Makombe Complex Passport Offices but could not make it because of the limited number of passport applicants that were being accepted per day.

The complainant then approached Simba Huni who had connections within the Central Registry for assistance in the submission of Tofara Mapundu’s passport application form. The complainant was then introduced by Simba Huni to the accused, who works in the Births and Deaths as an Office Orderly, for assistance. The accused charged a facilitation fee of US$110.00 of the accused agreed.

Later, the complainant gave the accused US$318.00 for passport application and US$110.00 as the facilitation fee, which is a combined total of US$428.00 and the passport application form in the name of Tofara Mapundu for passport processing. The accused promised that Tofara Mapundu’s passport would be processed and ready for collection after the expiry of a two week period from the date the accused was given the passport application form.

After the expiry of the agreed two week period, the complainant started making enquiries for the Tofara Mapundu’s passport from the accused but the accused started to be evasive. The complainant approached Makombe Complex passport offices to enquire the availability of Tofara Mapundu’s passport but was informed that Tofara Mapundu never applied for a passport with the Passport Office.

The accused did not facilitate the passport application in the name of Tofara Mapundu but converted US$428.00 she was given by the complainant to her own use

The suspect will appear in court 8/5/21 Morning

Robert Tapfumaneyi

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