Immigration officials jailed

HARARE - Two immigration officials who stole cash and property worth $40 000 from a suspected human trafficker after threatening him with deportation have each been slapped with a five-year jail term.

Godfrey Kondo, 42, and Fenia Aisam, 53, will however, spend two years behind bars each after magistrate Olivia Mariga suspended a year on condition of good behaviour and two years if they pay back the money.

Kondo and Aisam went to the director of Boggle Enterprises, Muhammad Shabbir’s house in October last year after suspecting he was involved in human trafficking.

Upon arrival, the two requested to see Shabbir and were advised he had travelled to Pakistan.

The pair demanded to see Zohaib, his two children and brothers-in-law’s passports but were told some of the documents were with a lawyer.

Zohaib brought two passports, which were inside a box containing $25 000, a pair of gold earrings, 12 gold bangles and a gold necklace.

The duo took Zohaib, his wife, children and two brothers-in-law to their offices and upon arrival, Zohaib phoned his lawyer who brought his passport and they were freed.

Zohaib asked for the box and Kondo threatened him with deportation.

Zohaib later phoned his father who came back into the country and filed a police report leading to the duo’s arrest. - Staff Writer

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