A LUSAKA businesslady has been fined K 14, 000 on two counts, in default three months simple imprisonments for failure to produce proof of evidence of entry of goods and payment of duty and possession of uncustomed goods.
Principal resident magistrate Kenneth Mulife sentenced Peggy Chola on May 29, 2015, after she was found her guilty of both offences.
This is according to Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) corporate communications and research and planning officer Robert Zawe.
Ms Chola appeared before Magistrate Mulife on 22 October, 2014 after being arrested on 21 October 2014 and had pleaded not guilty to both offences.
Mr Zawe said the first count of the offences was that Ms Chola failed to produce proof of evidence of entry of goods and payment of duty contrary to Laws of Zambia.
He said the goods which were subject of the two offences were 15 cartons of Chelsea cigarettes and 50 cartons of Pacific cigarettes, manufactured in Zimbabwe at an amount of K43, 384.78 and duties and taxes amounting to K98, 158.07. And in passing sentence, Magistrate Mulife said the accused selected COMESA Market to be the source of the cigarettes in order to extricate herself from the consequences of her illegal importation and distribution of the cigarettes.
He also said the accused deliberately and conveniently chose to hide behind COMESA Market because she knew that similarly smuggled products were sold there.
Ms Chola was fined K7, 000.00 on each count in default three months simple imprisonment.
And Mr Zawe said the goods subject of the offences were forfeited to the state hence no duties were to be ordered to be paid.