Police bust smuggling syndicate

HARARE - The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has stepped up efforts to stem out smuggling syndicates as the country continues to lose revenue in illegal transportation of goods and minerals, through the country’s porous borders.

This comes as three Zimbabweans and a Mozambican national were arrested this week for allegedly smuggling 140 bales of second hand clothes, hand bags and blankets worth $70 000.

The goods were intercepted in Nyamapanda, police spokesperson Charity Charamba said in a statement yesterday. 

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to confirm the arrest of four in Nyamapanda for smuggling,” Charamba said.

“On April 7, 2016 at around 0100 hours police in Nyamapanda intercepted a DAF Truck, registration numbers ADR 0620 which was loaded with 140 bales . . . weighing 6 285,5kg. The goods are valued at $70 000.

“Information at hand is that the bales were destined for Nyahuku area, Nyamapanda.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police would like to warn all those who are involved in smuggling that the law will take its course,” she said.

Charamba said members of the public should inform the police if they witness smuggling taking place in their areas.

Zimbabwe is suffering a major set-back as various items are smuggled in and out of the country, bleeding the country millions of dollars, which should have been going to the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority in taxes.

Some of the smuggling syndicates involve people mandated to protect goods for the benefit of Zimbabweans.

“ . . . transporters should desist from assisting individuals to smuggle goods into the country evading checks at the point of entry or exit,” Charamba said in the statement.

Another smuggling syndicate comprising officials from Zimra, Civil Aviation Authority of Zimbabwe, the ZRP and the Zimbabwe National Army was recently busted at the Harare International Airport.

The bust saw seven officials being arrested for allegedly assisting three passengers smuggle 29 bags of mobile phones into the country.

Zimra officials only managed to confiscate four of the bags, one of which was found with 600 cell phones.

Money is also being smuggled through the country’s boarders, worsening the deteriorating liquidity crisis facing the banking sector.

Anti-smuggling units have been set up at the country’s ports of entry/exit as part of Zimra’s efforts to curb smuggling.

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