Thursday, May 08, 2008

Zim cops arrest Zambians for loitering

Zim cops arrest Zambians for loitering
By Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone
Thursday May 08, 2008 [04:00]

ZIMBABWEAN security personnel on Monday arrested several Zambians for loitering at the Victoria Falls border post. Southern Province police commanding officer Lemmy Kajoba said that he heard that some Zambians were arrested for loitering and those who paid guilty fines were released. He referred all queries to the immigration department in Livingstone or Lusaka.

However, Elphet Tembo, a Livingstone resident said his brother, Zackaria, was on Monday arrested when he went to the immigration counter to have his passport cleared.

“I’m a businessman and I buy goods from Zimbabwe using US dollars … but yesterday when I sent my brother to check on the goods in Zimbabwe, he was arrested at the border and he is appearing in court (yesterday),” he said.

Tembo said that several other Zambians were arrested despite having passports and wondered if it was Zimbabwe’s revenge over the Zimbabweans who were recently picked from various guesthouses and lodges in Livingstone.

A check on Tuesday at the border reveled a calm situation with one Zimbabwean immigration officer saying that the operation was intended for those loitering at the boarder and not traders with genuine papers.

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