The Post Newspapers Zambia
By Jonathan Mukuka in Nakonde on Thursday 31 May 2012, 13:24:00 CAT (2881 Reads)
THE Zambia Freight and Forwarding Association says allegations of corruption among ZRA staff at Nakonde border were serious.
The Zambia Revenue Authority has announced that it will institute investigations into the alleged corruption among some of its staff at Nakonde border post as alleged by the customs clearing agents who staged a protest over the weekend.
Claning agents accused some ZRA officers of working in collaboration with some agents in under-valuing goods to evade paying appropriate taxes.
Zambia Freight and Forwarding Association (ZAFFA) national chairman Emmanuel Mutale said in an interview that his association fully welcomes the decision by ZRA to institute investigations into the alleged rampant corruption among some ZRA staff at Nakonde border.
Mutale said it is important that the truth on the matter is availed after the allegations have been fully investigated.
"This is what we want as ZAFFA. The allegations are serious and for the truth to be known, there is need to fully investigate the matter so that those involved could be known," he said.
Mutale said his association was eager to know the outcome of the investigations in the shortest possible time, adding that under-valuing of goods is a serious offence.
"…There is a lot revenue for the government that is lost in the process," he said.
And Mutale has refuted allegations by the customs clearing agents at Nakonde that his association has failed to represent them adequately.
Mutale said contrary to media reports that ZAFFA has failed its members in Nakonde, it was actually the association which first expressed concern over the alleged corruption among some of the ZRA employees.