Beitbridge Border Post chaos scaring away investors: Chombo

HOME Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo has expressed concern at the chaos at Beitbridge Border Post, saying it was scaring away investors and creating loopholes for revenue leakages.

BY Staff Reporter

Chombo, who was touring the border post on a fact-finding mission last Friday said the situation at one of the busiest inland ports of entry in sub-Saharan Africa was deplorable and exposed the country to revenue leakages.

Over 500 vehicles and 10 000 travellers pass through Beitbridge every day.

chombo-ignatius-910 HOME Affairs minister Ignatius Chombo

“There is organised chaos here which needs to be attended to as a matter of urgency. The port lacks soft and hard infrastructure that includes information technology and inspection bays, among others, to deal with high volumes of traffic,” Chombo said.

“Travellers have to move from one office to another when they can have their papers facilitated under one roof. This has to end.”

Travellers sometimes spend six to 18 hours at the port of entry to complete immigration and customs formalities while for commercial traffic to be cleared it takes about three days.

The delays in the clearance of cargo and travellers have resulted in increased cost of goods and services.

“It is very difficult to differentiate local people and travellers because of this chaos and I have instructed the police to clear the area and ensure that it is easy to tell a visitor and a non-visitor,” Chombo said.

Statistics show that 10 million tonnes of cargo pass through the corridor every year.

“An ideal situation would be all paper work relating to the migration of a person be done under one roof,” he said.

The Home Affairs minister said he was told of various challenges faced by government workers based at the border which included lack of accommodation and transport.

“I will have to engage the Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa over some of the challenges highlighted here,” he said.

8 Responses to Beitbridge Border Post chaos scaring away investors: Chombo

  1. Biggie February 15, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    we hear you minister but as far back as from the GNU days all sorts of promises have been made. you needed not to have wasted your time on that fact finding mission as the problems are well documented and even discussed in Parliament. its time all solutions are implemented now, we tired of this rhetoric.

    • Mamvemve February 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm #

      This is what you reap from ZanuPF incompetence, mismanagement and corruption. It is a disgrace that a country which claims to have a high literacy rate is not able to show some organisation on issues that matter. Chombo should ask Mugabe to travel by road to SA and the issue will be sorted out proto.

  2. Bornfree February 15, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    James Maridadi was arrested earlier when he was trying to record some video of the chaos within the premises …. Munozodei chii chimwe futi????

    • king Nello February 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm #

      Taura hako Bornfree

  3. SASHA [THIEF] JOGI February 15, 2016 at 11:22 am #

    Ignatius Chombo is a lifelong congenital liar, thief and a crook.
    He needs to be strung up publicly.

  4. Sahlom February 15, 2016 at 7:07 pm #

    So you only being aware of this so aged dilema today?We have lived with that for years now while you werw enjoying diplomatic entry at the airports. This is a permanent feature now if you temper with it its going to be sad.

  5. Tengenenge February 16, 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Their Corrupt minister scares investors even more

  6. Simon February 16, 2016 at 8:30 am #

    Ignatius is talking shit! Corruption and chaos is all there is in Zim. Right at the port of entry the situation is evident of what is happening everywhere in the country. Maguma-guma eke out a living in that confusion and who can blame them when the highest office in the land is just a house of cards enacted on chaos and falsitude.

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