The Zambia Revenue Authority has unearthed a fuel scam at Katima Mulilo, Chirundu and Chanida Boarder posts involving 60 trucks.
Details are that at Katima Mulilo Boarder, 5 trucks have so far been seized and 15 at Chirundu for smuggling fuel worth about K570, 000 while seizures are also expected at Chanida Boarder.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda explained that 23 trucks have been impounded at Chanida Boarder, 30 at Chirundu of which 15 have been seized and seven at Katima Mulilo boarder of which five have been seized.
Mr. Sikalinda explained that the truckers have installed false belly tanks with the capacity of about 1800 liters meant to be used in concealing smuggled fuel.
“The belly tanks are not connected to the vehicle fuel system and investigations have revealed that the fuel coming from Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Namibia is actually meant to be used for internal operations within Zambia after being offloaded.
Mr. Sikalinda said all the seized trucks will be forfeited to the state in accordance with section 149, 156 and 160 of the customs and Excise, Cap 322 of the Laws of Zambia.
“It has actually been affecting our revenue collections and this explained the nonperformance of Excise duty on fuel due to smuggling”. He added.
Mr. Sikalinda said ZRA will not hesitate to prosecute anyone who smuggles items into the country as this robes Zambians the much needed resources meant to improve social welfare, Health, education and other strategic sectors of the economy.
He said investigations continue with other detained trucks while the boarders have been put on high alert.