Some Zimbabweans in the United States have welcomed the verification process being conducted by the government for pensioners based outside the country at local embassies.
Although opinion is divided on the process, Farayi Shumba, who leaves in California but travelled to Washington to complete the certificate of life form to verify his existence, says he is happy with the move as it will eliminate fraudsters.
"I was impressed with the level of professionalism at the Embassy in Washington and I commend all the staff for making the process so smooth, I will now go back to California knowing that I do not have to worry about not being able to access my pension or someone getting it fraudulently," said Shumba.
The government notified all Zimbabweans in USA who are receiving government pensions to complete the verification process at the embassy in Washington DC or mission offices in New York.
In a statement issued by the Zimbabwe Embassy in Washington, all pensioners were notified to do the following in order for their verification process to be completed: come to the mission in person, bring positive identification in the form of original national identity or valid passport, with copies, bring passport size photographs that are current, bring bank details, address, cell number, and fill out the application form for Life Certificate.
The Embassy went on to notify pensioners that holders of power of attorney would not be accepted.
The verification process allows the government to know whether those receiving the pensions are still alive or not. The process will also remove fraudsters who could be corruptly earning where they did not sow.
Shumba saidmthis is much better than having to travel to Harare just for the verification process.
"I am happy that I could do this locally instead of flying to Zimbabwe which would have been costly for me and this is a great way to stop bleeding the government's fiscus through fraudulent claims by some relatives of deceased pensioners," said Shumba.