The Zambia Revenue Authority on Tuesday evening seized property halting operations at The Post Newspaper Printing Plant in Lusaka.
ZRA officers raided the Post Newspaper’s printing plant and by 18: 30, the officers locked up the printing plant and seized property thereby grounding to a halt the newspaper’s operations.
ZRA has since taken over accounts, cash and property and state police has taken over security.
At the Bwinjimfumu office, ZRA officers locked up newspaper staff and some clients as they executed their action.
This follows the Supreme court’s ruling in favour of ZRA n a case in which the High Court granted a stay of the ZRA’s levy of distress on the Post Newspapers.
Some Post Newspapers staff took to social media to confirm that the paper has been shut down and condemned the action by the tax authorities.
Meanwhile ZRA had issued a new demand notice of K53.8 million in various taxes to be paid with immediate effect.
Part of the notice read: “Payment of this amount demanded should be made immediately either to your nearest cash office of the above address. If this amount is not aid immediately, debt recovery action will be instituted against you without any further notice”.
ZRA has in the recent past raided the Post Newspapers in a bid to recover alleged outstanding contributions but the action was challenged in court by the newspaper.