Gweru DDC office ‘demands’ US$20 bribes for Covid letters

Elizabeth Mashiri
Midlands Bureau

Gweru – The Government is investigating the office of Gweru District Development Coordinator (DDC) for allegedly demanding US$20 bribes from people looking for Covid19 travel exemption letters.

Midlands Provincial Development Coordinator (PDC) Abiot Maronge confirmed the issue and said it is not yet clear who exactly in that office is the culprit.

“Let me make it clear that we are investigating a report that someone in the DDC’s office was demanding money from people who wanted to travel during lockdown.

“We received a complaint and the complainant did not specifically mention Joram Chimedza by name so we are investigating. Action will be taken after full investigations,” said Maronge.

Chimedza is the DDC for Gweru.

Allegations are that a person in that office was demanding US$20 bribes for a letter.

Meanwhile the DDC’s office is no longer giving travel exemption letters as these are now only found at the Police. Such letters are issued to people who want to seek medical help, going for a funeral or have some emergencies.

In Gweru artisanal miners are one of the big groups with people that seek to travel a lot.

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