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Marriages Of Convenience On The Rise As Zimbabweans Leave For Diaspora Jobs

Marriages Of Convenience On The Rise As Zimbabweans Leave For Diaspora Jobs

Some Zimbabweans, particularly civil servants, are reportedly entering into marriages of convenience to expedite the processing of spousal visas to enable them to travel to the United Kingdom and other developed countries for employment.

One needs a Certificate of Sponsorship (COS), an electronic document issued by foreign employers to prove that one has secured a job, which in turn qualifies them to get a visa to go out of the country.

The document costs about £6 000, which is equivalent to about US$7 000 – a figure which is beyond the reach of most workers in the country, particularly civil servants.

This has forced them to enter into marriages of convenience so that they share the COS document cost which then enables them to apply for a spousal visa.

Some “matchmakers” who facilitate fake marriages have created social media groups to match willing partners.

In an interview with NewsDay, a middleman who spoke on condition of anonymity said:

Marriages are happening even between strangers who will then ‘divorce’ after two years when they have successfully arrived in the foreign country.

This has been helping a lot of people. Given the earnings the civil servants are getting, it is difficult for an individual to raise US$7 000, say in two months. So, they marry and share the costs.

Registrar-General (RG) Henry Machiri said the issue of marriages of convenience was common in many countries. He said:

The issue of such marriages of convenience is not synonymous to Zimbabwe only, but it happens in many countries.

People do that usually when they want to get work permits, for instance.

However, the RG’s office keeps records and, therefore, cannot tell whether a marriage certificate was issued from a fake union or not.

Thousands of government workers, particularly from the health sector, have left the country over the years due to poor working conditions. | NewsDay

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Jesu!! 1 week ago

Zvakaoma hazvo

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naume 1 week ago


1 week ago

𝒊𝒏𝒊 𝒏𝒅𝒂𝒌𝒂𝒕𝒐𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒕𝒂 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒊𝒏𝒊𝒏𝒊 (𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒔)

naume 1 week ago

kuchata kwekutoita mukadzi nemurume hre?

@𝑵𝒂𝒖𝒎𝒆 1 week ago

𝒚𝒆𝒔 𝒌𝒘𝒂𝒎𝒂𝒈𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒕𝒆 𝒌𝒖𝒕𝒊 𝒄𝒐𝒖𝒑𝒍𝒆 𝒗𝒊𝒔𝒂 𝒓𝒊𝒃𝒖𝒅𝒆 𝒕𝒊𝒌𝒖𝒕𝒐𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝒌𝒖𝑼𝑲 𝒎𝒖𝒏𝒂 𝑭𝒆𝒃.𝒃𝒖𝒕 𝒊𝒕 𝒅𝒐𝒆𝒔𝒏𝒕 𝒎𝒆𝒂𝒏 𝒌𝒖𝒕 𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒏𝒆𝒏𝒈𝒆 𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒓𝒂𝒓𝒂 𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒐𝒎𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒚𝒂 𝒔𝒌𝒊𝒍𝒍𝒇𝒖𝒍 𝒓𝒆𝒌𝒖𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒂 𝑫𝒊𝒔𝒂𝒑𝒐𝒓𝒂

1 week ago

Yah people dnt want poverty

diaspora 1 week ago

ndipei group link tiendewo mhiri

naume 1 week ago

koterei mhiri mirai tivhote mozoenda

vepano pano 1 week ago

well well thank you Zimbabweans for being enterprising and street savvy to that extend.well done my compatriots now link and marry old white women who visit Zimbabwe and then use that to flee overseas well done you are now catching up with the Nigerians in criminal activities and fraud.
I yearn for the day when Harare will eclipse Lagos Nigeria as the criminal capital of Africa


zvakaoma 1 week ago

maZimbo tatambura mhoti

Stop Nonsense 1 week ago

Those who want fast cash uyai kuseri ndinedhiri rezvigunwe. Now US60k chigunwe chidiki.

Big Dhara Munhu Mukuru 1 week ago

This has been going on for a while. Even Nigerians were coming here doing the same for citizenship. Kana kunyika kunhamo people will do whatever it takes to earn a living. I hope th government will grow a conscience and create employment coz not everyone can be a hustler or SME

sekuru Rwanga 1 week ago

ha ha ha apa mataura ini chaiye I used this route neimwe sister yekuZaoga she got a job in UK but for me to crossover they asked for a Sppuse doc the only one which we have was PICS,we we'd kuprivate lawyer ne30 usd so I moved ndogara ku Yorkshire in UK ndikushanda pahospital as a HR m aiming to enroll for Nurse degree zvine more money than being an HR +44 120779286499 my cell

jz 6 days ago

ko apa waakunyorerei fon number dzako iwe vhirigombo?

guys 6 days ago

Pindula is not accesible from U.K. Dont lie shame

pamwe 5 days ago

ari muno kuholiday you never know.but hazviite munhu ari kunyepa uyu

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