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ALCOHOL worth about K250, 000 in taxes and a tipper truck in which the beers were being carried has been impounded by the Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA), corporate communications manager Topsy Sikalinda has said.

Mr Sikalinda confirmed yesterday in a telephone interview that the tipper truck which was destined for Lusaka, was intercepted at about 02:30 hours at Naduba in Chikankata laden with the alcohol suspected to have been smuggled into the country.

He said that the alcohol was concealed in a tipper truck disguised as building sand.

At the time of the interview, the Tipper truck with the contraband was on its way to Lusaka under escort. 

Mr Sikalinda said that ZRA had put in place measures countrywide to ensure that no alcohol and other items were smuggled into the country.

He reiterated that as smugglers were becoming more complicated, ZRA had also upped its game to ensure that no goods were illegally brought into the country.

And the ZRA in Siavonga has acted to stop cross-border traders from smuggling alcohol from Zimbabwe that recently flooded the market in the tourist resort town.

The cheaply priced beers were being smuggled into Siavonga through Kariba border post and lower Zambezi River by the cross border traders.

A recent random check by the Daily Nation in the tourist town’s bars and shabbeens in Mitchell and New Site residential areas, revealed that the beers from Zimbabwe had reduced.

And Mr Sikalinda said in a statement that ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda had issued a directive that smuggling must be curbed.

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