'Look out for false immigration officers'

FRANCISTOWN: A syndicate of conmen is going around masquerading as government officials to swindle unsuspecting people of their hard earned money, the Directorate on Corruption and Economic Crime (DCEC) has warned.

The fraudsters sometimes impersonate immigration officers and say they can issue residence and work permits.In other instances, they have purported to be able to influence government tender awards.The public is warned to be on the lookout for such confidence artists. "Moreover, we wish to remind the public to always request for proof of identity of any person they deal with," the anti-graft outfit says.

DCEC notes that government business is conducted in authentic premises such as offices, not under trees or as backstreet operations. It says it is working hard with relevant stakeholders to catch and bring the fraudsters to book because impersonation is a punishable offence.

Meanwhile, a 37-year old woman of Maun was this week sentenced to 12 months in jail for giving false information to a person employed in the public service. Six months of the sentence was suspended on condition that the woman, Bokani Lenyatso, does not commit a similar offence.

Details of the offence were that she went to a police station and claimed that she had lost her land board certificate for a plot in Maun and made an affidavit to that effect under oath. However, the court found that Lenyatso had never been allocated such a plot.

Editor's Comment
No one should be spared in COVID-19 fight

However, there are already reported incidents of some outlets flouting COVID-19 regulations issued by government. Government and the public have condemned such actions and further reiterated the fact that entertainment events, which have been deemed as having ‘higher-risk’ of spreading COVID-19, are not allowed.The police have reportedly charged violators a paltry P5,000 each. But these are big businesses that make millions of pula when...

Have a Story? Send Us a tip
arrow up