Charles Savarin

Minister of National Security, Charles Savarin, has sought to shed light on the matter of a man arrested in Barbados on firearm charges, indicating that he was traveling to Dominica to pick up his five-year-old Dominican-born son.

Savarin stated, in a release, that the police in Dominica have no reports of illegal activities by the man.

According to reports, Malachi Maliki Haile Mugabe, was arrested on Sunday, December 16, when he arrived in Barbados by air from Trinidad. Customs discovered a gun and ammunition in a false bottom in his luggage while it was being scanned.

He was handed over to the police and was later charged with committing the following offences: Illegal Possession of a firearm; Illegal Possession of 59 rounds of ammunition; Importation of a firearm without a valid license; and Importation of ammunition without a valid license.

It was initially reported that Mugabe was a Nigerian national but Savarin said the Dominican police was subsequently informed by regional security sources that the individual was in fact a citizen of St. Kitts and Nevis by birth whose name was Kendal Alister Huggins.

He changed his name in 2007, Savarin said.

According to the release Mugabe left Miami for Port of Spain, Trinidad on American Airline Flight No. AA1167, on December 14th, 2012 and on December 16, 2012 he travelled from Trinidad to Barbados on LIAT flight No. 4384 and reports indicated that he was en route to St. Vincent and the Grenadines before he was detained at the Grantley Adams International Airport.

However news emerged that he was actually traveling 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,” the release said.

It continued, “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 but 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.”

Savarin said the purpose of the visit was for Mugabe to pick up his five-year-old son, who was born in Dominica.

“The Dominica police have no record of any illegal activity by Mr. Mugabe in Dominica,” Savarin said in the release.

He said  the Dominica Police are continuing investigations into the matter.