The Department of Immigration in Livingstone says it has not met its targeted revenue for 2016 after recording a shortfall of over sixty million kwacha.
Immigration Department Director General Moola Milimo says the department had targeted K260, 000, 000 for 2016 but only managed K198, 754, 890, a shortfall of K61, 245, 110.
Mr. Milimo said the Southern region collected K25, 231, 000 out of the targeted K37, 000, 000 leaving a shortfall of K11,769, 000.
He said his department was ranked second in terms of collecting non-tax revenue for the treasury but had failed to meet its target this year.
“Our budget performance is at 68 percent and generally, I would say we have not done well and it is my wish that the coming financial year is better than this one,” he said.
Mr. Milimo said this at the Department’s End of Year Party at Fairmount Hotel in Livingstone on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Director General urged his officers to be mindful of the important role they play in promoting tourism as a priority sector.
“Your region is Zambia’s tourist destination point and you should be mindful of the important role you play in promoting tourism as a priority sector. As officers, you must be professional, courteous and polite when attending to tourists,” he said.
And speaking earlier, Southern Region Immigration Officer Noria Mulenga said the department faced numerous challenges during the year.
Mrs Mulenga said these included inadequate funding, lack of transport, lack of office and staff accommodation and staff shortage.
She however said despite the challenges a total of 101 illegal immigrants of various nationalities were arrested, 97 foreigners were denied entry for various reasons, 160 prohibited immigrants were deported and 87 offenders were successfully prosecuted.
She called for an increase in staffing levels from the current 81 uniformed staff to 111 and from five support staff to 19 of which six should be drivers, seven office orderlies and a coxswain for Sinazongwe and Namafulo to carry out patrols on Lake Kariba.
“We also need office and staff accommodation at Sinazongwe District Office, an increase in our funding and transport for Monze, Kalomo and Sinazongwe District offices,” she said.
She also commended government for procuring a vehicle for the Mazabuka office and pledged to put it to good use to prolong its life span.