The Immigration Department in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, has been working hard to end fraud carried out by individuals posing as officers of the ministry.
Working on a tip-off from a surveillance team, officials arrested a gang of 8 suspects at Nkurumah Road. “The suspects are currently detained at the Ministry’s Headquarters, waiting to be arraigned in courts of law,” Simon Mundeyi, the Head of Inspection and Investigation at the ministry said during a press conference today.
The suspects were found in possessions of, among other things; forged foreign passports, immigration stamps, both empty and filled passport forms, bank receipt and various verification stamps.
The suspects are: Shamavu Chirimwavu, 24; Musa lukwa, 22, both from the Democratic Republic of Congo, and six Ugandans including: Fred Lule Lukwata, 57; James Kizito, 49; Alice Birimuye, 45; Christopher Kambere, 63; Justine Kasante Twinobisingye, 57; and, Ibrahim Lokwa Bombeni, 49.
The Public Relations Officer, Jacob Simanyi, cautioned the general public, mostly foreigners and investors against carelessly engaging conmen disguising as middlemen in the process of acquiring travel documents. He encouraged them to use the on-line application facility which he said is both user-friendly and free of charge.