There is chaos at one of the country’s busiest eastern borders the Forbes Border Post in Mutare as officials are reportedly taking time to clear traffic at the border which is causing serious delays, The Herald.
Truckers that spoke to the publication complained about the delays and said they have been at the border for days and they have not yet been given the go ahead to leave. Mr Tendai Shumba a driver stuck at the border said:
.The situation has worsened during this period. I have been here for three days and the queue is moving at a snail’s pace. We have all the necessary documents but we end up losing patience, worsening the delays
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A Mozambican trucker Mr Abednico Mleya told the publication that the delay was dishearting:
I am from Mozambique and I have been here for four days. It looks like I will spend the Christmas holiday here because the process is slow. The customs officials are taking their time and it seems the situation is getting worse.
However a Forbes Border Post official that spoke to the publication said the border is closed to ordinary citizens but trucks passing through:
Everything is normal save for the closure of the border to ordinary citizens. However, truckers with Covid-19 certificates are not facing any problems in entering Mozambique. Yes, the process has been a bit slow because we have registered high numbers of trucks that are passing through the border post.
The government opened some land borders to ordinary citizens, the official did not shade light on why the border is still closed to ordinary citizens.
More: The Herald