THE arrest of two Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO) officers for demanding a US$9000 bribe from a Chinese businessman has opened a can of worms and exposed massive corruption at the Foreign Recruitment Committee (FRC), Zim Morning Post can reveal.
Impeccable sources told this publication that the two officers namely Patrick Badza and Matsvimbo Chester Simbarashe were merely pawns in a well orchestrated syndicate involving members of FRC including senior members of the Central Intelligence Organisation (CIO).
The duo were part of the FRC which is responsible for approval of Temporary Employment Permits (TEPs) for foreign employees.
The committee was set up under the National Labour Migration Policy which is designed to improve the governance of labour migration, as well as protection and empowerment of migrant workers.
‘Those two officers were sacrificial lambs and were unfortunately nabbed working on behalf of their bosses.
‘It’s a pity that President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s efforts seeking to ensure that migration contributes to Zimbabwe’s socioeconomic development is being abused by corrupt individuals.
‘The policy framework he outlined clearly signifies the commitment by the Government of Zimbabwe to promote safe, orderly and regular flow of people for socioeconomic development of the nation in line with the national vision of attaining middle-income status by the year 2030, but corrupt are derailing the mission.
‘The arm of the law must catch up with them,’ said our source.
Investigations made by this publication established the officials implicated in the syndicate are drawn from the Ministry of Higher Education, Industry and Commerce, Foreign Affairs, Mines Ministry among other ministries.
Implicated names of the alleged architects of the syndicate include Virginia Chikuni (Foreign Affairs), Christopher Wirirani Mudzingwa, Isaac Mandiwanza, A Mxolisi and Archbold Tore.
According to our multiple sources, the alleged officials’ modus operandi is frustrating TEPs applicants by making dubious site visits in the guise of feasibility survey.
Labour minister Paul Mavima could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.
Wednesday morning, Zim Morning Post broke the story of the CIO officers’ arrest resulting in concerned parties revealing intricate details of the syndicate.
The publication is in possession of an thirty minutes long audio between the complainant and the accused officers.
Details are that Zacc investigators caught wind of the officers’demand and a trap was set leading to Badza and Simbarashe’s arrest at Sam Levy Village on Tuesday late afternoon.
“The CIO operative was in the habit of swindling money from the same guy until he got fed up and reported the matter to Zacc leading to his arrest after he received US3500 which was marked,” said our inside source.