The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has announced that it has sealed all Zimbabwean borders to some and only allow commercial traffic and returnees to pass through.
Zimra spokesperson Francis Chimanda said any traffic that did not fit into the category of commercial traffic and returnees would not be cleared.
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Responding to accusations that Zimra was undermining the Health ministry and Immigration Department by refusing to handle travellers who would have been cleared by them, Chimanda said:
Under the COVID19 restrictive measures, Zimbabwean borders are open to commercial traffic and returnees only. Any traffic that does not fit into these two categories is restricted from movement across the border.
This requirement is not peculiar to Beitbridge alone but to all other Zimbabwean borders. The travelling public is required to observe these requirements while Zimra is required to enforce these restrictive measures without discretion.
Public notices to that effect have been flighted in the past at both local and national level to inform the pub lic accordingly.
Congestions being experienced are due, partially, to construction work at the main parking space due to the border upgrade project, which has reduced parking space. In addition, the Beitbridge Border Post being a strategic crossing point has always been susceptible to large influxes of traffic along the NorthSouth Corridor.
Chimanda added that Zimra was attending to the crowding and potential health hazards created by travellers who do not meet the set travel requirements.
Protests have erupted as transporters blocked the border in protest against the move.