“We are going to have to detain you for a little while, sir”

Writing in The Times Jonathan Clayton talks about his ordeal at the hands of Zimbabwean authorities as he tried to enter the country through the second city of Bulawayo posing as a golfing tourist. An old passport stamp aroused the suspicion of an immigration officer,

[The Senior Immigration Officer Godfrey Kondo’s] meticulous attention to detail was impressive, spotted a years-old entry stamp to South Africa with an oblique reference to “reporting duties”. I tried to bluff it out, saying I used to work for The Timesbut, at 54, I was far too old for news reporting. Mr Kondo hesitated and rushed outside the terminal building. The plane which had brought me in from South Africa had just departed again. “Now, we have a bit of a problem.” link