Minister for National Security, Labour and Immigration Honourable Charles Savarin on the Malachi Mugabe Affair
On Monday December 17th, 2012, the Ministry of National Security, Labour and Immigration was advised that the Police were following a story coming out of Barbados to the effect that a passenger by the name of Malachi Mugabe.
Mugabe, a Nigerian national who had acquired citizenship of St. Kitts and Nevis under that country’s economic citizenship program, had been detained in Barbados on arrival from Trinidad in transit to Dominica.
Mr. Mugabe was detained as a firearm and some 59 rounds of ammunition had been discovered hidden in his luggage.
The Dominica police sought to ascertain the facts of the story and on Wednesday December 19th, 2012, the Police was informed by regional security sources that, the individual was not a Nigerian but was in fact a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by birth whose name was Kendal Alister Huggins.
Huggins had changed his name in 2007 to Malachi Maliki Haile Mugabe and that the gentleman had left Miami for Port of Spain, Trinidad on American Airline Flight number AA1167, on December 14th, 2012.
On December 16th, 2012 he travelled from Trinidad to Barbados on LIAT flight Number 4384 en route to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and was detained at the Grantley Adams International Airport.
The regional source further indicated that a preliminary background check had revealed nothing offensive about the subject but that further checks were ongoing.
The Barbados police however stated through its public relations officer that, Mr. Mugabe was detained in Barbados on December 16th, 2012 while in transit to Dominica.
In light of the conflicting information the Dominica Police remained with the case and was able to learn that the gentleman was employed by Smith Maritime, a US Company; that he travelled frequently throughout the Caribbean, having visited no less than 15 islands over the last 2 years, some of which, including Dominica, he has visited several times.
It was only recently that the police were able to confirm that contrary to the information obtained earlier, Mr. Mugabe was not travelling to St. Vincent from Barbados.
He had travelled from Trinidad via St. Vincent to Barbados and that his destination on leaving Barbados was in fact Dominica, arriving on the 16th of December and leaving on the 17th of December for St. Kitts.
The purpose of his visit to Dominica was to pick up his 5 year old Dominican born son.
The Dominica police have no record of any illegal activity by Mr. Mugabe in Dominica.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mugabe has been charged with numerous firearms offences in Barbados and is held on remand at Her Majesty’s Prison in Barbados.
The Dominica Police are continuing their investigations.