Anti smuggling Blitz Nets Buses

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Lloyd Ndemo

The Zimbabwe Anticorruption Commission has impounded nine cross-border buses for transporting smuggled goods.

Zacc launched an anti- smuggling operation last week following a tip off from whistleblowers of rampant smuggling activities by some cross-border bus crews.

Some of the smuggled goods include alcoholic beverages, blankets, clothes, shoes, washing powder and energy drinks worth hundreds of thousands of United States dollars.

Last week some cross-border traders cried foul after their goods were confiscated by Zacc detectives in Harare. The traders accused the detectives of selective application of the law.

“Why have they impounded our bus only yet all buses are coming from the border as well?” questioned one of the travellers.

However Zacc said the whistleblowers need to be protected by law.

“Zacc would like to thank whistleblowers for their continued support in exposing corruption and urge parliament and Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs to expedite the completion of the Public Interest Disclosure (Protection of Whistleblowers) Bill, 2022 whose principles were approved by Cabinet recently”, said Zacc spokesperson John Makamure in a statement released on Thursday morning.