Police, Govt On Unvaccinated Travellers Being Barred From Harare

Zimstarnews Reporter

Police have denied operatives manning major roads leading into Harare were Monday demanding Covid-19 vaccination certificates for travellers to be granted access into the capital city.

Also commenting via Twitter, Information Ministry permanent secretary Nick Mangwana reiterated non-essential service travellers were still barred from any intercity movement.

On Monday, some motorists driving into Harare through the Chinhoyi, Mutoko and Mazowe highways claimed police manning roadblocks were blocking access into Harare.

Long queues at the roadblocks were also witnessed.

National police spokesperson Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi told Zimstar News he was not aware of any cases involving travellers with no vaccination certificates being denied entry.

“I am not aware. l need to check with officers on the ground but as far as we are concerned, there is no such directive from government,” he said.

Mangwana intimated long queues were being caused by non-essential services travellers.

Said the government spokesperson, “On reports of long queues of vehicles bottlenecked at roadblocks trying to get into Harare Mazowe and Mutoko Roads are cases in point. The short response is that intercity is banned fellow Zimbabweans. Very few people who are providing an essential service should be travelling.”

The apparent anxiety among both security details and citizens has been ignited by a spike in Covid-19 amid fears the catastrophe was now being fuelled by the Delta variant of the pandemic.

Government has moved to ramp up its vaccination drive with more deliveries of the crucial drug expected into the country soon.

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