US ISSUES TRAVEL ALERT ON ZIMBABWE AS ELECTION LOOM
As Zimbabwe approached the July 30th harmonized general elections, reports have revealed that the US government issued a travel alert on Zimbabwe this week.
According to reports,the advisory, issued on Monday advised its citizens to “exercise increased caution in Zimbabwe due to crime and civil unrest.”
“Violent crime, such as assault, carjacking, and home invasion, is common. Smashing the windows of cars with the intent to steal, which can harm the driver or passengers, is also common,” the statement said.
“Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.
“Zimbabwe will hold general elections across the country on July 30, 2018. Due to heightened political tensions around the elections, acts of violence may occur at political rallies,” the U.S. government said.
The U.S alert continued to say for those who cannot avoid traveling to the southern African country they should.
“Stay alert and avoid openly displaying cash, carry a copy of your passport and visa and leave originals in your hotel safe.
“Stay away from political rallies, demonstrations, and crowds. Monitor local media for breaking events and be prepared to adjust your plans.
“Keep travel documents up to date and easily accessible. US citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.”