Zimra sets aside US$2 million for drones to curb smuggling


ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) has set aside US$2 million to acquire drones in the face of massive smuggling that has been recorded in the first quarter of the year, Zim Morning Post can report.

In a statement released Wednesday, the revenue authority revealed that the surveillance drones will be used at all ports of entry.
ZIMRA will move with speed to procure drones worth an estimated US$2 million that will be used at all ports of entry to reduce smuggling and underhand deals.
“Plans are also at an advanced stage to place a CCTV camera system at border posts and strategic areas. The CCTV system will be linked to a loss control command centre at ZIMRA head office that will have sight of the footage live feed from the border post, “read part of the statement.
The country has lot revenue through smuggling of cigarettes, explosives and minerals due to laxity of border security controls.
Government last year imported Electronic
Cargo Tracking System but massive corruption facilitated by a well orchestrated syndicate between some Zimra officials and police has poured cold water on the efforts to curb leakages.
This has seen smugglers been caught on the South African side by South Africa Revenue authority (SARS), yet government has invested in border security systems and structures.

Recently, the National Security Taskforce deployed to Beitbridge Border Post discovered that intercity buses were used as the conduits of smuggling and police has moved in to bring the culprits to book.

Police reported that at least 22 buses have been caught over the past two weeks leaving Beitbridge carrying goods smuggled across the Limpopo.

By virtue of its geographical location, Zimbabwe is a transit hub in Southern Africa and the porous border controls are bleeding the country of potential revenue.



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