Last week, Zimbabwe’s Registrar-Gerneral, Tobaiwa Mudede, stated: “There [are] some foreigners, particularly Asians, who masquerade as Zimbabweans while holding fraudulently acquired Zimbabwean documents. We have been having problems with people from Bangladesh. Some of them contract marriages with local women. Others go as far as contracting customary marriages,” he said.

This is an issue Zimbabwe has had for a few years. In 2012, the government introduced marriage certificates to fight fake marriages, especially since some West Africans were  deported for participating in sham marriages. Looks like foreigners intending to marry Zimbabweans will have to be cleared by the immigration department, the police and their embassies from now on.  Nothing quite like reality to kill a marriage of convenience huh?