The Sunday Mail investigation has exposed Klosad Clinical Diagnostics Lab for issuing out fake negative Covid-19 certificates to international travellers who have not gone through testing procedures.
Members of staff involved in the scam were producing the fake Covid-19 certificates at a price of US$45 each instead of the recommended US$65 charged by most institutions for a legitimate Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that is a prerequisite for international travel.
Sunday Mail received a tip-off which prompted the paper to carry out a week-long investigation to expose the illicit activity at the laboratory.
Posing as clients, the crew separately paid for and received the fake certificates at 20 Lanark Road, Avondale where the lab is situated, without being tested.
Investigations revealed that the laboratory is owned by the former Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr Obadiah Moyo.
Further investigations showed that the corrupt syndicate operating at the laboratory comprises front-office workers, lab technicians, management and security guards with one worker identified as Mr Anesu Nyamugama fronting the team.
National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Nyathi said the police would look into the matter.
“We have already arrested individuals and syndicates selling fake certificates at Robert Mugabe International Airport, Beitbridge Border Post and Chirundu Border Post.
We are aware that there are some who are operating underground and we urge members of the public who have information about such operations to come forward so that we can begin investigations.”
Covid-19 Chief Co-ordinator Dr Agnes Mahomva said authorities are escalating surveillance systems to fish out those selling fake certificates.
“From our side, we have always said that if you are found breaking the rules you will be arrested or closed down,” she said.
“In this case, we encourage you to make a police report and submit all the evidence that you have there so that the culprits are arrested.
“The Zimbabwe Republic Police is escalating its tracking systems to fish out perpetrators and it is also the duty of the public and the media as you have done to report offenders.”
When The Sunday Mail presented evidence of the fake certificates to Dr Moyo, he checked with his employees and corroborated that the certificates were not in Klosad’s database and promised to take action against the culprits.
“We have checked the records and indeed your names do not appear and we are going to make a police report right away. These are just a few bad apples who will be dealt with.
“We are now dealing with those responsible and we want to assure the public that this will never happen again as we offer a professional service,” he said.