gold panners1.jpgThe continued siphoning of minerals and wildlife is costing the nation a fortune, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has warned.

This follows the arrest of more than 3 700 people in cases related to natural resources last year by the Police Border Control and Minerals Unit.

The country is being prejudiced of potential revenue through smuggling of gold, diamonds and wildlife, a problem that can only be rectified through equipping officers manning the country’s borders and strict monitoring of activities in mines.

Police Deputy Commissioner General Godwin Matanga said despite poor funding to the organisation, the Border Control and Minerals unit last year managed to arrest more than 3 700 people across the country for illegal dealing in minerals, wildlife products and smuggling of motor vehicles.

“The Border Control Unit was established with a mandate of manning all the country’s entry and exit points in order to curb the siphoning of precious minerals and other valuable natural resources such as wild life,” DCG Matanga said.

DCG Matanga however warned police officers against corrupt activities saying the organizsation will not hesitate to fire them.