Cigarettes smuggler jailed

THE Siavonga Magistrates Court has convicted Martin Mugwagwa, a taxi driver of Chirundu, and sentenced him to nine months simple imprisonment for being in possession of 70 cartons of Pacific Blue cigarettes valued at K84, 646.52.

The cigarettes did not have the statutory tax stamps of the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA).

ZRA corporate affairs officer Oliver Nzala said Mugwagwa was convicted and fined K5,000, in default serve nine months simple imprisonment, by Magistrate Edward Banda.

He said the motor vehicle used in the commission of the offence had been forfeited to the State.

“Acting on intelligence information, the officers searched the residence of Martin Mugwagwa where 70 cartons of Pacific Blue cigarettes manufactured in Zimbabwe were discovered,” Mr Nzala said.

Particulars of the offence were that Mugwagwa on 7 March, 2016, in Chirundu had in his possession 70 cartons of Pacific Blue cigarettes valued at K84, 646.52 that did not have the statutory ZRA tax stamps, thereby defrauding the Government of K84, 6465 revenue.

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