• Latest News

    Friday, 28 September 2018

    Musina Mayoress slams Zimra over athletes delay

    Mayoress Mihloti Ethel Muhlope.


    BEITBRIDGE – Zimbabwe which is desperate to reconnect with the rest of the World shot itself in the foot on Saturday when the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) delayed by more than two hours, 91 athletes, the majority of them South Africans who were coming through Beitbridge Border Post to participate in the Two Countries Marathon.
    Musina Municipality Mayoress Mihloti Ethel Muhlope who attended the marathon event fumed over the delay. She complained that this happened despite prior arrangements for hassle free passage of the athletes having been made with the Zimbabwean authorities.
    The 42km race starts off at Nottingham turnoff, some 10 kms along Beitbridge - Bulawayo road and crosses the border into South Africa ends at Eric Louw High School out of Musina.
    The race started at around 730am instead of 6am because of the delays encountered at the border.
    Zimra spokesperson  Taurai Ndoro said he was in a meeting so he could not respond to our email until the time of going to press.
    Muhlope said she didn't understand why the bus that carried a group of athletes that included South Africans, Zimbabweans and two Kenyans faced such a long delay when several meetings were held between Zimbabwean and South African officials to prepare for the transit and the event.
    A Zimbabwe Government official who spoke on condition of anonymity also slammed Zimra for the delay. He said that Zimra was involved in all the meetings that were held to prepare for the event including the need for the smooth passage of foreign athletes.
    "There are too many people at Zimra. You hold a meeting with one of their officials today and if he is not there tomorrow then there is no memory. You wonder whether these Zimra officials give feedback to their superiors after meetings," said the Zimbabwean official.
    "We had a big challenge at the border in Beitbridge that saw the starting time for the race being delayed. This race is about networking between two African countries working together within the aspiration of the SADC group of nations. As a leader, I feel there must be an improvement on the Zimbabwean side of the border.
    "The athletes had every document required, so the little challenge we encountered at the border saw the whole programme being delayed," she said.
    Two Nations Marathon is an annual event which came after intertwining arrangement between Musina Municipality and Beitbridge RDC. The event is the brainchild of Musina and its objective is not only to strengthen relations between the two towns but to promote sports in the SADC region. 
    Muhlope was however, happy that the event went on well

    Local News
    • Comment on The Mirror
    • Facebook Comments


    Post a Comment

    Item Reviewed: Musina Mayoress slams Zimra over athletes delay Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Webmaster
    Scroll to Top