FOUR trucks carrying smuggled cooking oil on false transit papers have been impounded by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) in Kapiri Mposhi.
ZRA corporate communications officer Mumbuna Kufekisa said alert officers managed to detain the trucks with smuggled cooking oil valued at K462, 177.60 that would have attracted taxes equivalent to K207, 979.92.
In a statement Mr Kufekisa said that the trucks were detained during the regular enforcement patrols in the northern region.
“Our alert officers at the enforcement centre in Kapiri Mposhi managed to detain the trucks,” said Mr Kufekisa.
He has assured Zambians that the commission would not relent in eradicating smuggling and ensuring that all due taxes were collected throughout the year.
Meanwhile, ZRA has implored members of public to help the commission eradicate smuggling by reporting people that were involved in the vice to relevant authorities.
He said the commission worked hand in hand with the Ministry of Home Affairs and therefore relied on the goodwill of the people to inform them about some illegalities.
“ZRA alone cannot patrol all entry points of borders. The police service through the Ministry of Home Affairs and indeed the goodwill from members of the public help in dealing with issues of smuggling,” he said.
He bemoaned the habit of local people who were in the habit of aiding foreigners to smuggle goods, hence evading paying tax which helped run Government affairs.
“We have local people aiding foreigners smuggle goods hence depriving Government of the much needed revenue that can go a long way in developing this country,” Mr Kufekisa said.