ZANU PF officials in the border town of Kariba have pleaded with immigration authorities to relax temporary border pass conditions to allow locals to cross into Zambia to buy basic commodities.
This is happening as prices of commodities in local shops are continuously increasing making it difficult for the common man to afford even the basics.
ZANU PF Kariba District Coordinating Committee (DCC) Chairman, Rhodrect Mugwanhira on Wednesday wrote to immigration authorities at Chirundu Border Post, requesting easier access to daily permits that allow locals to cross into neighbouring Zambia.
Said Mugwanhira, who is also Kariba Ward 6 Councillor:
On behalf of my party, Zanu PF and locals in general, l am kindly requesting your office to issue our locals with border passes.
If issued with border passes, they will have the opportunity to buy their daily needs from Zambia.
The letter was endorsed by ZANU PF Kariba DCC Vice-Chairperson, Jean Kambadzo, and Women’s League Provincial Political Commissar, Joyline Munduna, among other senior party officials.
The Covid-19 pandemic and increased cross border crime have lately seen the tightening of conditions at ports of entry.
Meanwhile, the latest data from the Zimbabwe National Statistical Agency (Zimstats), suggest that an average family of six now requires a total of ZW$68 178 to meet basic needs per month as inflation continues to surge.
Independent estimates however put the figure at more than ZW$90,000.