Source: Gender Commission probes immigration | The Herald 14 SEP, 2018
Freeman Razemba Crime Reporter
The Immigration Department yesterday said it was ready to cooperate with the Zimbabwe Gender Commission to help with investigations into alleged sexual harrassment cases in the department.
The alleged cases of abuse were raised by former employees who reported to the commission.
Some of the fired workers were Nkosana Mtunzi, Peter Kufakunesu Chirume, Aaron Togarepi, Robert Williams, Sheilla Moyo, Emily Nyadziso Mupeti and Lydpa Munhanga.
In an interview yesterday, principal director mmigration Mr Clemence Masango said he was aware of the commission’s intention to conduct investigations.
“I am aware of the commission’s intention to carry out investigations into the alleged sexual harassment issues in the Department of Immigration. As a department we are ready to participate in those investigations and we will cooperate with the commission.
“However, at this point in time it will not be appropriate for me or even the department to comment on the matter beyond what I have said. I do not want to be seen to be pre-empting or prejudging what the commission will investigate and eventually find out,” he said.
The Zimbabwe Gender Commission chairperson, Ms Margret Mukahanana-Sangarwe, confirmed the developments in a statement.
“It is hereby notified that, interms of Section 5 of the Zimbabwe Gender Commission Act (Chapter 10:31), the Zimbabwe Gender Commission intends to investigate complaints of sexual harassment at the Department of Immigration.
“Further to the above notice, an invitation is hereby given to any victims or witnesses to any acts of sexual harassment within the Department of Immigration to furnish the Zimbabwe Gender Commission with written complaints, witnesses’ statements and any other supporting documents or evidence which can assist in the investigation. Oral hearings will commence thereafter on dates to be advised by the commission,” she said.
Ms Mukahanana-Sangarwe said any person who wishes to make any submissions must submit them at their offices in writing by not later than September 30.