Government’s new hi-tech system boost border anti-smuggling drive

Thupeyo Muleya, Beitbridge Bureau

The introduction of hi-tech security systems at the Beitbridge border post including the drone surveillance systems has helped the Government to increase its capacity to curb intrusive leakages through the port of entry and its flanks.

Since the launch of the drone systems, fast cargo scanners by Finance, Economic Development and Investment Promotion, Prof Mthuli Ncube in January, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has been able to make more than three major interceptions of goods being smuggled in or out of the country daily.

Under the new order, authorities will be able to increase surveillance in all hotspot areas and minimise the loss of revenue that is critical in funding government commitments.

It is understood that more drones, ECTS and fast scanners will soon be deployed to other ports of entry/exit including Forbes and Chirundu.

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