Beitbridge Chaos: Government Yet To Decide Way Forward

Beitbridge Chaos: Government Yet To Decide Way Forward
Published: 2016 July 04 07:36:30 (2143 Views)

HARARE - HOME Affairs deputy minister honourable Obedingwa Mguni has revealed that his government is yet to come up with a way forward concerning the Beitbridge border fiasco which left property damaged last Friday.


Yesterday the Zim Metro reported that Beitbridge Town Council (BTC) was likely to lose thousands of dollars in reparations following sentiments by the local authority's chairperson in a State-run publication-the Herald. 

 

BTC chairperson Showe Moyo was reported as saying he fears his town would lose rate payers' money fixing the damage caused by protesters.


But citizens across the country feel that the government through the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) should shoulder the burden of fixing the damage since the chaos was as a result of their controversial imports ban policy rejected by citizens.


However, quizzed whether the government will meet costs for the damage, honourable Mguni casually said:


“If Beitbridge Town Council authorities feel that it is their responsibility to meet the costs of the damage they can go on”.


“…As government we are yet to meet to deliberate on the issue but if we will decide to meet the costs for the damage that would fall under Chinamasa's ministry  (Finance) so you can check with him”, Mguni added.


Finance minister Patrick Chinamasa was however unreachable for comment until the time of publication.


The Beitbridge saga has torched a storm in Zimbabwe with most citizens accusing the Zanu PF led government of causing the mayhem.


But the government through it's mouth pice the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC) on Saturday under-reported the matter and blamed South Africans for the fiasco.


The government later somersaulted through Home Affairs minister Kembo Mohadi accusing a pressure group with the trade name Tajamuka of causing the uprising.


So far 71 people have been arrested in connection with the demonstration.  But reports as of today indicate that it's now business as usual at the country's largest border post.



- Zim Metro
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