Tuesday, May 28, 2024

ZRA increases revenue collection at Kasumbalesa border post by over 50%



The Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has increased its revenue collection at Kasumbalesa border post by over 50 per cent.

And Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has commended ZRA management for adequately tackling the problem of resource misdirection which he said was almost at zero.

ZRA Commissioner General Berlin Msiska said the authority collected K395 million against a target of K260 million in 2012 which translated into a 52.09 per cent increment in revenue collection.

Mr Msiska said this when Mr Chikwanda, who was accompanied by members of the ZRA Governing Board and senior ZRA officials, visited the border during the commissioning of the ZRA housing project consisting of five by two semi-detached houses.

Mr Msiska said ZRA had already collected K276 million in the first quarter of 2013 against a set target of K203 million.

This was in comparison to the K178 million which was collected during the first quarter of 2012 and translated into a 35.07 per cent revenue collection increment between the first half of 2012 and that of 2013.

He attributed the increment in revenue collection to the installation of state-of-the-art border facility that was equipped with an electronic traffic management system built to ease congestion of people and goods at the border.

He informed Mr Chikwanda that in 2009, the Zambian Government entered into a concession agreement under the Private Public Partnership (PPP) programme to design, construct and operate the new border facility at Kasumbalesa.

He said following the termination of the concession agreement in 2012, ZRA – which was mandated to take over all border operations, had managed the transition smoothly and was currently collecting an average of K8 million per month in border crossing fees.

He said Kasumbalesa was the busiest transit border in Zambia which handled an average of 500 to 600 trucks per day, followed by Nakonde and Chirundu respectively.

Mr Chikwanda said it was commendable that the ZRA management had ceated a culture of commitment to duty among its staff which was not found most other Government institutions.

He said although there could be a few cases of human frailties among ZRA staff, the authority had generally reduced resource misdirection to almost zero.

He applauded the ZRA for creating initiatives aimed at improving service delivery and said the Government would continue to support such efforts since the ZRA, being a nerve centre for the economy, played a critical role in the development of the country.


    • Not that dear, it works like that everywhere, even small little things that used not to matter, here they have increased on beer and ciggars etc, just meet targets, you have to understand economics in the current financially crippled world, it’s not just Zambia, be fair.
      I wonder how we think the west manage to stay “strong and on course economically?”, It’s not because they are rich out of the blue, they squeeze and tighten on everything including health care, transportation, food products morgage,bank rentals, imports and exports, try the netherlands, that small country is expensive to live in, but does good better than others, same thing with Germany etc, so when we see our leaders tightening their belts on some of these activities we shouldnt rush to condem, the intention is.

  1. That was the goal when the construction project was launched 5 years…introduce and invest in ICT in Road traffic registration and tax…you will also see the revenue increase.


  3. Does the reporter understand what he is reporting? …visited the border during the commissioning of the ZRA housing project consisting of five by two semi-detached houses.

  4. Good but consider this….Paying tax in the revenue hall at ZRA in Lusaka is a nightmare…there are endless queues all the time. Why must paying tax to govt be made so difficult.

  5. it’s not true.
    first convert that figure of 2012 in us dollars and the 2013 to dollars then compare.
    the difference is the true reflection.Note;2012 us$ was k45 today it is k56.

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