THE ZAMBIA Revenue of Authority has applied for an extension of time in the matter against an order from the High Court that ordered them to give back equipment including computers and cash books confiscated from the Post Newspapers for investigations in a case of possible tax invasion.
The application was made to the Supreme Court yesterday in an affidavit filed in support of the request citing the near expiry of the prescribed 60 days required to file record of appeal from the date of the notice of appeal on November 27, 2015.
ZRA legal counsel Gilbert Mwamba said the delays have been necessitated by the High Court’s failure to provide transcripts to enable them to prepare the Record of Appeal.
Mr Mwamba explained that ZRA had requested for the transcripts just after filing the notice of appeal was filed, but that it had not yet been availed to them.
“That the appellant through its legal department immediate after filing the notice of appeal engaged the High Court for the transcript of proceedings to enable it prepare the record of appeal.
“That to appellant’s 60 days within which to file the record of appeal expires on the 27th January 2016,” he said.
He explained that the High Court had not yet prepared the transcript of proceedings which had caused the delays in filing proceeding documentation in the appeal.
Mr Mwamba said ZRA was running out of time to file the record of appeal within the prescribed timeframe hence the application for the extension of time to allow them file after the 60 days period.
He said as appellants, ZRA required referring to the transcript in raising its heads of argument in their appeal, adding that “the record of appeal can only be finalized after receipt of the transcript of proceedings from the High Court”.
He has since requested for the order for extension of time within which to file the record of appeal outside the 60 days period.