ZACC intensifies anti-smuggling blitz

By John Nhandara

The Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission (ZACC) has intensified the anti-smuggling blitz at the country’s ports of entry, with 17 long-distance buses having been impounded.

The anti-smuggling blitz, a joint operation between ZACC and the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has resulted in the recovery of contraband smuggled through the porous Beitbridge Border Post during the past three weeks.

ZACC spokesperson Commissioner John Makamure says they have impound 17 long-distance buses and three haulage trucks with contraband worth more than ZW$19 million in unpaid duty.

“We started our operation last month. We have impounded 17 buses and 3 haulage trucks which were used to smuggle contraband. The state was prejudiced over ZW$19 million and the offenders have since paid fines,” he said.

The focus will now shift to other border posts where government is losing millions of dollars in unpaid customs duty.

“We were mainly focusing on Beitbridge, but we are now moving to other border posts as we intensify this operation.”

Several measures are being instituted to plug loopholes in the smuggling of goods at the country’s ports of entry, including adoption of modern ICT control mechanisms.