Soldiers Fire Gunshots At Beitbridge Border Post As Chaos Erupts
Zimbabwean soldiers manning Beitbridge Border Post had to fire warning shots after a rowdy crowd charged at customs officers, refusing to comply with border formalities.
It is reported that Zimbabwe Revenue Authority’s Loss Control department is conducting 100 percent searches on all imports coming via Beitbridge to maximize revenue inflow.
The new developments confirmed by a border official seem to have angered cross border transporters commonly known as Omalayitsha.
“They started by staging a peaceful sit-in and the vehicles clogged the border as they protested a request by Zimra officials that those without travelers’ rebates for specified goods should pay duty,” said a border official.
“Upon realizing that the customs authority was not relenting on its stance, the drivers thronged the search bays on the commercial side and disrupted operations. Some even attempted to drive off without being searched.
“The soldiers moved in when the protesters turned violent, throwing stones and shouting obscenities. They fired warning shots to disperse the crowd when efforts to calm the transporters proved fruitless.
Zimra’s Head of Communications Taungana Ndoro said he is yet to get information on the border situation.
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