Livingstone mealie meal smuggling smashed


ZAMBIA Revenue Authority (ZRA) has seized mealie meal of different brands worth K8, 000 at Victoria Falls border post which was about to be smuggled into Zimbabwe.

And ZRA corporate communications manager Mumbuna Kufekisa has charged that mealie meal is a controlled commodity which needs a special permit for it to be exported.

Mr Kufekisa was speaking on Wednesday when he announced that the mealie-meal would be donated to different charities.

He said ZRA would not relent in ensuring that the smuggling of the commodity was brought to an end.

“We are going to give the 44 bags of mealie meal to charities in Southern Province.  We are working within the Customs and Excise Act section 204 which we shall continue to enforce and dispose of the commodity seized,” Mr Kufekisa said.

He said the other mealie meal which was not fit for human consumption would be destroyed after receiving a permission from the council to do so.

And Mr Kufekisa reiterated that mealie meal was a controlled commodity which needed a special permit for it to be exported Meanwhile, ZRA assistant commissioner Derrick Choonga said  mealie meal was not part of the simplified trade regime (STR) as traders need a permit to allow them to export the commodity.

ZRA has since donated the mealie to Lubasi Home and Maramba Old People‘s Home both of Livingstone while the other consignment has been given to Choongo School for the andicapped of Choma.

And in receiving the donation of the mealie meal, Lubasi Home assistant coordinator Christina Mutikitela thanked ZRA for the gesture.

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