Drugs Smuggled From Neighboring Counties Flood Zimbabwe

Drugs smuggled from neighbouring countries have flooded the streets of Zimbabwe as vendors are seen selling these drugs the Herald reports.

Zimra Commissioner-General Faith Mazani confirmed that drugs were indeed being smuggled into the country. Ms Mazani said:

Smuggling of medicines is now rampant in this country. Some enter through undesignated points that we are not even aware of. At times, there is connivance with our officers. They are corrupted the same way as those who are involved in vehicle smuggling scams.

Another problem is that, as Zimra, we can only detect consignments that come through the border posts.
Others are smuggled by water using boats and with our limited resources, we are not capacitated enough to prevent such occurrences. When the drugs get into the cities, we all see them but it is difficult for us to tell whether they were smuggled or stolen from hospitals.

The problem might have been exaggerated by the ongoing health sector crisis and the current economic meltdown.

More: The Herald

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