In the wake of reports that national borders have become porous and conduits of smuggling which have cost the nation millions of dollars due to inefficiencies and operational deficiencies, the Committee visited two border posts namely Beitbridge and Plumtree to get a more comprehensive understanding of the problems.
National borders have become porous and fraught with many logistical irregularities which have compromised expedient human movement, human security and amount of money remitted to the national treasury by Zimbabwe Revenue Authority. Such a situation compromises national security and local industries development as cheaper commodities will be found in the market.
The Committee’s fact finding visit was guided by the following objectives:
- To ascertain the state of the country’s border posts.
- To appreciate and understand the operations of the security and the immigration departments to ensure peace and security at our ports of entry.
- To appreciate measures put in place at ports of entry to curb human trafficking; and
- To understand the process involved in dealing with deported Zimbabwean citizens.