Sukulwenkosi Dube, Plumtree Correspondent
MLAMBAPELI Border Post between Zimbabwe and Botswana in Gwanda South started operating yesterday, a move aimed at decongesting the Plumtree Border Post.
Mlambapeli Border Post is the fourth entry point between Botswana and Zimbabwe the others being Plumtree, Maitengwe and Mphoengs border posts which are already operational.
Home Affairs Deputy Minister Obedingwa Mguni said a nine-member team: three immigration officers, four police officers, a veterinary officer and a Zinara officer had been deployed to the border post.
He said the officers were operating from temporary structures while efforts were underway to construct permanent structures.
“Mlambapeli Border opened to the public today (yesterday) and the border is due to be officially opened on June 11. It will be operating from 6AM to 6PM.
“Zimra officials are in the process of assessing the type of traffic that passes through the border as it is not a commercial border yet,” Mguni said.
He said the team that had been deployed at the new border post was in the meantime operating from former Zinara containers. Mguni said they were using a generator as a source of power but their Botswana counterparts had electricity which local officers could also benefit from.
“We’ve people from as far as Gwanda who were supposed to travel over 200 kilometres to reach the Plumtree Border Post in order to access Botswana. This new development will therefore go a long way in ensuring easy movement not only for people in Gwanda but surrounding areas”, Mguni said.