Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia

Controls hamper cross border trade

Yesterday, border posts were hanging on new rules distributed by Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia as these were being formulated and border officers were awaiting instructions.

At Kariba and Chirundu, vendors have been allowed to criss-cross the border using special passes, but now Zambia, which had confirmed cases shortly before Zimbabwe, ordered a weekend closure to allow a thorough cleaning and upgrade of washing facilities.

Vendors from both countries cross the borders to sell their wares including fruits, bread, fish and groceries, among others every day

Zambia has restricted mass public gatherings including conferences and meetings until further notice while bars and night clubs have been ordered to reduce opening time to a maximum of two hours.

At Forbes Border Post outside Mutare, yesterday, Zimbabwe was still allowing traffic in and out, but Mozambican officials were limiting traffic into their country to trucks and Malawians in transit. Other people were still barred as Mozambican officials waited for clearance. Zimbabwe will be allowing cargo from today, but only returning residents will be able to enter the country.

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