The Plumtree Border Post has in the recent days leading to the festive season stopped closing at 10 PM and has instituted a 24 hours shift, The Chronicle reports.
This was revealed by Assistant Regional Immigration Officer Mr Terence Njagu who spoke to the publication and said:
Most of the people work in industries, some in farms so word going on is that, most of them, are closing today, others closed yesterday, so we anticipate increased flows of traffic. Averagely, we have1 500 exits and 1 400 entries daily. Now we are clearing up to between 2 900 and 3,600 a day.
We have instituted a 24-hour shift from today until the 24th of December. Basically, we open the border at 6am, it will be opened continuously up to Christmas Day at 10 pm. So, from today until Christmas Day there will be continuous clearance of people. This is meant to create time for our travelling public at any given time they want to pass through the border during that time, they will be served. It eases pressure, it eases congestion and we ensure that everyone who is coming to Zimbabwe is served quickly and they enjoy their holidays
Plumtree is one of the posts that borders Zimbabwe and Botswana. Returning residents have been flocking in from neighbouring countries with Beitbridge and Chirundu receiving the highest number of returning residents.
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