ZIMBABWEANS living outside the country working in conjunction with Pastor Evan Mawarire’s #thisflag and Tajamuka-Sesijikile Campaign are planning to shut down all border posts borders, including Beitbridge Border Post from August 8 to protest against the government’s move to block the importation of some basic commodities under Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016.
One of the coordinators of the protest Joseph Chanakira of the Citizens of Zimbabwe Movement based in South Africa, said they will stage the protests in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and Tanzania until Zimbabwe reverses the importation ban, which the government says only affects the bulk importation of some basic commodities.
Sources close to this website, say hundreds have already mobilised from different parts of South Africa and are heading to Beitbridge to shut down the border.
WhatsApp group messages circulating are urging people to stay at home and not travel and are warning truck and bus drivers to heed the shutdown and stay at home.
“Donot be heroes for nothing, stay at home or whereever you are starting from 8 August 2016.
“All neighbouring countries surrounding Zimbabwe are aware of this stayaway”
Organisers of the shutdown also say shops and customs clearance houses will be closed in SA, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, while Roadport in Harare, George Silundika in Bulawayo, Newtown, Power House and Park Station will be closed until further notice.
Yesterday there were reports of chaos at the border, as hundreds of people que to get their passports stamped. “People have been there fo more than nine hours and yet they are not being served. As this is not enough Zinra is confiscating people’s goods like old building material, beds, wheelbarrows,” says one source adding that people were not being given the option to pay a fine or duty.
“Their paperwork is handwritted, meaning that the system is open to abuse by corrupt officials,” adds the source. – Patience Rusere