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A 35 YEAR-OLD Chinese woman was on Friday arraigned before the Gweru magistrates courts for contravening a section of the Immigration Act which prohibits foreigners from working without a permit.

Liu Yan, whose residential address was given as 45 Ceres Road, Prospect Waterfalls in Harare, appeared before provincial magistrate, Pathekile Msipa on allegations that she was illegally employed as an interpreter at a gold processing plant in Zhombe.

Yan however, denied the charges, arguing that she had offered to interpret to immigration officials since she was the only Chinese at the site who could understand English.

But immigration officials who testified in court maintained that she had told them that she worked at the company as an interpreter.

Prosecutors said Yan entered the country as a dependent of one Wang Decai. She was issued with a temporary residency permit which did not allow her to seek employment.

The court heard that on the 19th of February this year, officials from the Gweru immigration office were carrying out routine compliance checks on foreigners employed in the Zhombe area of the Midlands province when they visited Yuahang gold processing plant where they asked to see management.

Yan came out of the company offices and produced work permits of other Chinese nationals but failed to produce her own.

She was arrested at and taken to Gweru central police station.

Investigations by the police revealed that Yan had a temporary permit issued to her and was not in possession of a work permit which allowed her to be employed.

The trial continues on the 11th March.

Source : New Zimbabwe