THE Department of Immigration has dismissed speculative media reports that it was refusing to accept payments in bond notes for some of its services, but insisted that it will continue to charge in foreign currency for certain services, which are levied in hard currencies.
BY REJOICE CHINGWARU
“The public should be made aware that immigration services, over the years, have been levied in foreign currency, as the services relate to foreigners with the exception of border passes, which are designed for citizens living close to the borders and, who have relations across the border,” the department said in a statement last week.
“Statutory Instrument 195/98 as amended by SI 126/05 clearly tabulates these fees and the acceptable currencies and this position existed during the Zimbabwean dollar era and still stands after the multi-currency period.
“The introduction of the bond notes should not cause any confusion to this state of affairs. Any alternative approach to this statutory position is contrary to statute,” the department said.