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Zimra busts transit fuel smuggling syndicate

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BY REX MPHISA

THREE trucks, which were allegedly smuggling fuel into the country pretending that it was being transported to neighbouring Zambia, were recently intercepted by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) officials.

The smuggling racket was said to have been prejudicing Zimbabwe of potential revenue.

The three tankers were intercepted at the Chirundu Border Post loaded with water instead of fuel as they tried to cross into Zambia.

This was contrary to what they had declared at Forbes Border Post near Mutare during the period between July 17 and 23 2021.

In a statement, Zimra spokesperson Francis Chimanda said the tankers declared 44 924 litres of diesel, 39 932 litres of diesel and 45 800 litres of petrol destined for Zambia, but after physical inspections, he said it was discovered that they were carrying water.

“During the period from July 17 2021 to July 23 2021, three tankers that had declared fuel at Forbes Border Post en-route to Zambia were intercepted at Chirundu Border Post all loaded with water instead of fuel as per the declarations made at Forbes Border Post.

“The tankers had respectively declared 44 924 litres of diesel, 39 932 litres of diesel and 45 800 litres of petrol destined for Zambia.  However, the three tankers, after physical inspection turned out to be carrying water,” Chimanda said.

The drivers, Godfrey Nyamukondiwa and Joseph Guveya have since appeared in court and have been granted $30 000 bail each.

They will appear again in court on August 24, 2021.

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