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Heads will roll say Govt after immigration officer demands bribe from tourist

Zimbabwe immigration officers have come under heavy criticism after a Kenyan Youtuber was given a torrid time upon arrival at Robert Mugabe International Airport and was asked to pay a bribe to gain access into the country.

Kenyan Youtuber took to social media after immigration officials allegedly attempted to extort money from the visiting foreign national.

The Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage said it had taken note of a viral video on social media, under the Twitter handle @kenyansista.

The Kenyan national had recounted her alleged traumatic experiences as she sought to enter Zimbabwe through the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.

“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 ministry said.

“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.”

The Kazembe Kazembe led ministry said 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,” the ministry said, adding “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.”