JUST IN: Game over for border jumpers

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More security personnel have been deployed to the country’s borders and ports of entry while high-tech equipment will be used as part of efforts to prevent illegal border crossing by people unwilling to go through the required 21-day-quarantine as Zimbabwe battles Covid-19, the ZBC NEWS online has learnt.

The high-tech equipment will complement patrols being made by security services along the borders.

On Wednesday, Government officials declined to divulge details of what was being bought as a way of protecting the security moves being made to stop illegal border jumpers.

Patrols and manpower have been increased with 94 illegal border jumpers having been arrested to date since the start of the lockdown.

Home Affairs and Cultural Heritage Minister, Kazembe Kazembe, after meeting the United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms Maria Ribeiro, said adequate manpower had been deployed countrywide to contain the situation.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police and other security agencies have increased patrols, we have increased manpower and we are also in the process of introducing technology. We are in the process of procuring appropriate technology to assist us to enhance patrols on the border,” said Minister Kazembe.

“We are equally concerned in that the number of cases have gone up, mainly as a result of our returnees which makes it very critical for us to then tighten control of our borders. I can assure the nation that we are doing everything we can to curb this,” he said.

Minister Kazembe said he had a fruitful meeting with Ms Ribeiro.

The meeting covered a range of issues mainly on Covid-19, and areas of cooperation, especially in the fight against Covid-19. She also wanted to know the challenges that Zimbabwe could be facing so that they work together to resolve them.

He applauded Ms Ribeiro and her team for seeking the meeting.

Mrs Ribeiro said they also discussed the situation of returning Zimbabweans and those in quarantine centres and how possibly the UN could work with the Government on key priority areas.

— ZBC


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