By Fungai Jachi
Police in Mutare have recovered 37 bales of smuggled shoes after a shootout incident, amid concern over rising cases of smuggling in the border City.
Being a border city, Mutare faces the challenge of syndicates who smuggle goods, evading to pay duty to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA).
Smugglers take advantage of the many illegal entry points that surround the city.
Following the recovery of 37 bales of smuggled shoes this Wednesday, ZRP Officer Commanding Mutare Central District Chief Superintend Lovemore Mutadza encouraged the public to continue reporting any suspicious activities.
“The border is really porous and Mutare faces the challenge of these activities. We want to urge the public to continue working with us as in this case it was a tip off from the public that made it possible for us to recover the smuggles bales.
“We will increase inland patrols and continue working with our sister organisation to patrol the border,” he said.
The law enforcement agents’ warned members of the public to desist from criminal activities as the police will not hesitate to arrest offenders.
ZRP Manicaland Provincial Spokesperson Luxson Chananda said, “What I would like to say to members of the public is that they should cease to participate in any form of smuggling.
“They should learn that smuggling is no longer a lucrative business and should follow orthodox means of doing business.”
Meanwhile, police are still looking for the smuggling offenders as the driver of the vehicle used to commit the offense fled the scene.