IOM Chief of Mission meets Ministry of Home Affairs, discusses migration

The IOM Chief of Mission, Mario Lito Malanca held a courtesy meeting with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage’s Permanent Secretary Mr. Melusi Matshiya and the Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Cain Mathema on 25 May 2019 at the Ministry of Home Affairs Headquarters at Mukwati Building in Harare.

The meeting focused on IOM’s cooperation with the Government of Zimbabwe on migration related areas such as Migration Governace, Labour Migration, Integrated Border Management, Migration Policy, Irregular Migration and Trafficking in Persons (TiP), among others.

The Government expressed their gratitude for the support received from IOM in addressing migration related challenges in the country.  The Government highlighted that in response to TiP, the national Inter Ministerial Committee on TiP and the TiP Secretariat at national level, as well as Provincial TiP taskforces, were established to coordinate the TiP response at the sub national level. There is, however, need for more capacity building to these structures.  

The Government also noted that they have a desire for Zimbabwe to improve on its rankings on the TiP global rankings, as such, efforts were being made to raise awareness on TiP and to provide direct support to victims. There is still need,  however, to improve information and awareness on TiP countrywide. Information campaigns have been done at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair and the Harare Agricultural show with recommendations to strengthen capacities of institutions such as Universities, the Police, the Army, Air Force, Immigration, Central Registry, on TiP issues.

Drug trafficking was noted to be a major challenge in the Southern African region, with Zimbabwe being used mostly as  a transit route to South Africa. There is therefore need for support assistance to address the scourge which may be associated with other criminal activities such as TiP.