The Post Newspapers has managed to print its edition for today, June 22nd 2016 despite the Zambia Revenue Authority shutting down its printing plant.
The newspapers with the headline ZRA turns Post off was available by 07 Hours in selected places in Lusaka although its distribution was limited.
There are fears that the ZRA will move in to confiscate the printed copies from vendors when they are distributed as the publication has been placed in distress and entails that all revenue generated by the newspapers should be recovered by ZRA.
Sources at the newspapers revealed that today’s edition was printed in Namibia through a commercial printer.
The Post Newspaper employs more than 1,500 workers.
ZRA officers yesterday raised the Post Newspaper Limited and closed down the publication.
The officers arrived at Post Newspapers head office and printing press around 17:00hours in the company of armed police, demanding that the company pays a total of K68 million in tax arrears immediately.
Post Newspapers general manager for finance Rowena Zulu explained that the money ZRA was demanding had already been paid almost in total.
But a ZRA officer responded that they had not yet accessed the money and thus they could not withdraw the warrant of distress.
The lawyers from Nchito and Nchito then produced a court order restraining the officers from issuing a warrant of distress on Post Newspapers, but the officers disobeyed the order. Instead, the ZRA officers chased all employees who were still working at the head office, before locking up the entrance.
At the printing plant, the ZRA officers also switched off the printing press, locked up the premises, leaving the heavily armed police officers in charge.