Beitbridge violence: Army, police deploy more personnel

There are reports that Botswana is planning to close the border with Zimbabwe as the government sent in the army to quell disturbances in Beitbridge.

A warehouse was burnt down by protesters and shops were closed for the better part of today. But the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) and the Department of Immigration are advising members of the public that contrary to some reports circulating in the social media, Beitbridge Border Post has not been closed.

In a statement, ZIMRA and the Immigration Department said the border post is operational in spite of the disturbances in residential areas of Beitbridge town that have been caused by the implementation of Statutory Instrument (SI) 64 of 2016.

The authority is implementing SI 64 of 2016 as gazetted and  members of the public are encouraged to comply with the requirements.

ZIMRA also said if there are any grievances with the provisions of SI 64 of 2016, the issues should be raised through relevant structures to engage government for appropriate consideration.