Govt readies for borders reopening

GOVERNMENT has deployed inspection teams to assess the situation at border posts ahead of the gradual reopening of ports of entry to passenger traffic.

Cabinet last week resolved to send teams to all borders to assess the state of readiness and recommend interventions after taking input from stakeholders.

Only commercial cargo, diplomats on Government business and returning residents are presently allowed free passage.

The Sunday Mail understands that inspection teams comprising senior civil servants from various ministries will visit Beitbridge, Forbes, Chirundu, Kariba, Victoria Falls, Kazungula and Nyamapanda border posts.

Speaking during a tour of Beitbridge Border Post, team leader Mr Stewart Nyakotyo said their mission involves taking submissions and assessing current operations.

“We have started engaging various stakeholders at Beitbridge border post to assess the resources, operations, proposals, state of manpower, proposed timeframes for reopening, current operational challenges and what they need to get things moving,” he said.

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