Bulawayo Provincial Affairs Minister Judith Ncube has apologised to returnees and deportees from Botswana who were dumped at a hiking spot by officials from the Department of Social Welfare on Thursday evening.
Ncube condemned the inhumane treatment endured by the citizens at the hands of government officials, calling the incident “unfortunate”. She said:
It is unfortunate that our people were subjected to inhuman treatment and what is more worrying is the fact that there are also vulnerable babies involved.
I had an opportunity to listen to the complaints of the affected people and their sad story after they were dumped at the hiking spot.
… On behalf of the President and the Government, I wish to apologise to the affected returnees, their families and the generality of Zimbabweans for this mishap, which should not be allowed to occur again.
Whosoever decided to release these people at 5 PM acted irresponsibly.
About 100 female returnees and deportees from Botswana, who were staying at the United College of Education (UCE) in Bulawayo, were on Thursday evening ordered to vacate the institution.
They were given “paltry” bus fares and ordered out following the expiry of the 21-day Covid-19 mandatory quarantine period.