(Last Updated on December 5, 2020 by GERALD NCUBE)
ZIMBABWE – Police have arrested two men for originating fake Covid-19 certificates for travellers intending to travel out of the country following a tip off to the authorities by members of the public.
The two, Simbarashe Tsetse (24) and Freddy Katamanga (31) have taken advantage of the travel restrictions that have been imposed for people who intend to cross borders.
Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said: “Simbarashe Tsetse (24) and Freddy Katamanga (31) were arrested on 3/12/20 for originating fake COVID-19 certificates for travellers at Chirundu Border.
“The suspects were arrested after a tip off from members of the public leading to the recovery of 334 blank stamped COVID-19 certificates, 2 tubes containing glass capillaries, two testing kits, 2 receipt books, 3 plastic capillaries, COVID-19 test record register, methylated spirit bottle and one packet of new needles in their office at Self-Med Complex.”
Police also added that the duo has no medical qualifications.
Immigration authorities now require travellers to produce valid Covid-19 certificates which certify that the traveller has tested negative for Covid-19.
Zimbabwe reopened some of it’s land borders on 1 December 2020 since March due to the lockdown restrictions imposed in an effort to combat the spread of the novel corona virus.