Over One Million Kwacha has been spent to purchase 900 Pairs of Uniforms which will be used by Zambia Revenue Authority’s Custom Enforcement and Anti Smuggling Unit in their quest to curb smuggling in the country.
Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner General Kingsly Chanda is concerned that smuggling has been a major concern to the government because it leads to loss of revenue, hence their resolve to ensure that smuggling and all forms of revenue leakages are curtailed.
Speaking during the launch of ZRA Customs Enforcement Uniform Chanda say the Commission will start prosecuting offenders.
“The effects of smuggling are economic sabotage of a country, price distortions and unfair trade practices which have huge negative impact on complaint business,” he says.
Chanda says some of the initiatives which will be implemented include the establishment of more regional centers and launch of new mobile scanner among others.
And ZRA Mobile Compliance Unit Manager Thomas Mulenga has disclosed that a track laden with some assorted alcoholic beverages worth about Seven Hundred Thousand in Tax has been impounded for having forged documentation.
Mulenga has told journalists today that the track which was destined for Zambia via Chilundu border post was seized early this year.
“This track was impounded early this year from the Chilundu, it was coming from South Africa. It has forged documentation when it was brought, it was found that it had alcoholic beverages worth about 7 hundred thousand, in terms of tax,” Mulenga revealed.
Meanwhile the launched Uniform for ZRA Custom Enforcement and the Anti Smuggling Unit has gone viral on social media with some people making fun of it suggesting that it is not good enough while others speculating that ZRA has changed its uniform.
But Zambia Revenue Authority Commissioner Customs Sydney Chabakuku has explained that ZRA has not changed its traditional colours of white and blue.