By Nation Reporter
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has seized a 2015 Range Rover Sport worth approximately K1.4 million after a failed attempt to smuggle the vehicle into the country.
ZRA corporate communications manager Oliver Nzala said the seizure happened at Chirundu border on August 29, 2016.
“This happened after alert paramilitary officers attached to ZRA stopped the vehicle when it approached the entry gate at the passengers terminal, resulting into the driver and one passenger in the vehicle escaping in unexplained circumstances immediately after they were directed to park the vehicle at the parking slot,” he said.
Mr Nzala said the vehicle had a Zambian registration number ALV 1012 with discs displayed on the windscreen showed that the vehicle was a Toyota Hilux, in an attempt to deceive officers at the gate.
However, the vehicle was plastic coated in order to deceive officers and its colour was only revealed when officers partially peeled off the black plastic, after a thorough check of the vehicle which revealed that the actual colour of the vehicle was silver and not black.
Mr Nzala said ZRA had since intensified patrols and vigilance in order to clamp down on smuggling, a vice which negatively affected revenue collection.
He said ZRA had strongly warned people to desist from engaging in smuggling or risk having their goods seized.
And in his letter of appeal to ZRA, the owner of the vehicle Mwapu Musonda claimed that he entered into an agreement with his South African supplier to transport and deliver the vehicle to Chirundu then inform him upon arrival so that he could arrange customs clearance at the border but to his surprise he was informed that his vehicle was detained at Chirundu by ZRA.
He further claimed that the dishonest act was done by people he did not know and wondered what intentions the people had with his vehicle.