MUSHINDAMO district commissioner Benson Ng’ambo has given a seven-day ultimatum to marketeers at Kipushi border post to pave way for demolition of all structures.
The ultimatum was issued when the District Commissioner toured the area to verify the rampant smuggling of maize and maize products in the area.
He said the move was aimed at curbing the illegal trade that has been going on at the market.
He stated that traders especially those from Congo have been entering the country and conducting trade at the market without being screened due to the location of the market.
“We have a challenge of illegal trade at Kipushi border and this challenge can only be overcome when all these structures are demolished,” he said.
He also said Government was losing out on revenue because most traders entering the area did not declare themselves at the border entry point.
“When you look at the set-up of this area, it is very difficult to collect every coin that Government needs. So that is why we want to clear this area,” he said.
And Mr Ngambo has revealed that a task force to curb the smuggling of maize and other maize products has been formed in the area.
He said the objective of forming the task force was to bring to an end smuggling in the area which he said had reached alarming stages.
“This is one of the mitigating measure we have put in place to bring to an end the vice,” he said.
He said Government was concerned with the rate at which maize was being smuggled outside the country.
He, however, said Government was doing everything possible to ensure that there was enough food in the country for its people.