A diaspora group, Zimbabwe Exiles Forum, has issued an announcement to shut down all Zimbabwe’s borders from today in protest against the government’s abuses on citizens beginning with the state’s draconian import ban on domestic vitals.
Below was the full text:
From 8 August 2016 we will close down all commercial activities at all of Zimbabwe’s borders. Please stay home until further notice. We demand that the government of Zimbabwe abolishes Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016 which bans imports into Zimbabwe.
We demand that beds, wardrobes, kitchen units, cooking oil, building materials, clothes, and other basic commodities must enter Zimbabwe without hindrance. Top government officials get their goods into the country but ordinary citizens are not allowed.
Kubva musi wa 8 August 2016 kusvika tazokuudzai kuti chifambai musafambe kuyambuka border. Chengetedzai kamari kenyu musakapinze panjodzi.
Kusukela mhlaka 8 August 2016 lingaphumi kwakuphuma ngaphandle kwelizwe. Siyavala amaBorder wonke. Sizolitshela ukuthi liqalise ukuhamba nini.
Churches, Cross Border Traders Associations, civic groups, all organisations advise your members to stay home we’re closing borders. Ana Baba, rambidzai vakadzi venyu kufamba kutanga musi wa8 August 2016.
Abamasonto lenhlangano zama cross border traders nazo zonke izinhlangano jikelele, xwayisani amalunga enu ahlale ezindlini. Siyavala ama border. Bobaba lingawavumeli amakhosikazi enu ukuphuma ezindlini kusukela mhlaka 08 August 2016
Truck Drivers, Bus Drivers, Motorists heed this call. Don’t be a hero for nothing. Stay home or wherever you are starting from the 8th of August 2016.
Batshayeli bamaroli, batshayeli bama bhasi lani lonke batshayeli bezimota sicela ukubambisana kini. Umuntu engabi liqhawe for into engekho. Hlalani ezindlini kumbe noma kukuphi la elizobe likhona kusukela mhlaka 8 August 2016.
All neighbouring countries to Zimbabwe are aware of this stay away. Shops and Customs clearance will be closed in South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Tanzania e.t.c starting from Monday the 8th of August 2016 till further notice.
Roadport, George Silundika, Newtown, Chigubu, Power House, Parkstation Zimbabwe bay, Lusaka, Francistown, Gaborone and many more around the country and out of the country will be closed starting from the 8th of August 2016 till further notice.
The International Cross-Border Traders Association is also calling all Cross-Border Traders and Shoppers to avoid Zimbabwe borders starting from the 8th of August 2016 till further notice.
No to SI 64, No to import ban. Ahoyi maMbuya Ahoyi… Tikabatana tokunda, singabambana siyanqoba.
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Shut Down All Borders Today: Zimbabwe
7 August 2016