The Immigration Department has moved in to address delays which were being encountered at the ports of entry in the past weeks following the suspension of 18 immigration officials at Victoria Falls International Airport, Kazungula and Victoria Falls border posts over visa bribes.

Regional Immigration Officer based in Victoria Falls, Mr Vincent Mukombero said they have deployed staff from other regions to replace the 18 officials who are on suspension.

Despite the recent deployments, some tour operators in the resort town of Victoria Falls, said tourists are spending more time at the ports of entry and have called upon the authority to swiftly address the setback.

Zimbabwe Council for Tourism (ZCT) Regional Representative, Ms Barbara Murasiranwa said delays at the ports of entry do not augur well with the growth prospects for the tourists destination.

Border post delays, frequent roadblocks and high trade logistic costs have been cited as some of the factors which have weighed down the attractiveness of the country as a tourism and investment destination.

Under the ease of doing business initiative, the government has however prioritised addressing bottlenecks which have been threatening the smooth movement of goods and people at the ports of entry.