Calls to expedite the construction of a dry port in Marange grow louder

By Kenias Chivuzhe

Long queues which have become a common feature at Forbes Border Post have prompted calls by transport operators and truck drivers for government to expedite construction of another dry port in Marange.

Those who use the port of entry say it should also operate for 24 hours as part of efforts to decongest the border post.

“We are spending many days at the border post and this is not good for business. There is need to turn the entry point into a 24 hour post,” a truck driver said.

Another said, “The absence of a dry port has resulted in long queues were there are no abolition facilities.”

“The delays are not only on the Zimbabwean side hence the need for the Mozambican counter parts to institute reforms  at the port of entry,” another added.

Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa, who was at the border post recently, revealed plans by government to construct a dry port.

“There is need to speed up the process to construct a dry port in Mutare to decongest Forbes Border Post. There is too much delay happening at the border and we saw trucks parked there. We can’t increase commerce by doing this and we implore authorities responsible to quickly look into the issue so that commercial vehicles are attended to with speedy,” she said.

Government has identified a 45-hectare space to establish a dry port in Marange as part of efforts to improve efficiency at Forbes Border Post.