Three Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) Officers Arrested For Fuel Smuggling:
Three Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Zimra officers based at Beitbridge ran out of luck and got nabbed for allegedly helping smugglers import 176 00litres of unleaded petrol from South Africa without paying the required US$84 000 import duty.
The three who were identified as Fananidzai Maramba (33), Takunda Nyambi (40) and Kudakwashe Tinonetsana (33) got arrested when the four Baker Tankers they had allowed to pass were intercepted by a Zimra anti-smuggling team targeting such corruption at Beitbridge Border Post.
In a report from the Herald, Smugglers are said to drive their tankers over the bridge quite openly by describing petrol and diesel as paraffin, bulk cooking oil or soya oil or Jet A1, none of which attract import duty, with 13 tankers intercepted at Beitbridge in the last six weeks.
It is suspected that corrupt Zimra officers are bribed to let the false descriptions stand and the smugglers get away with it.
Unfortunately, Maramba, Nyambi and Tinonetsana got caught and we arrested on December 7 at around 8 pm.
The freight forwarder they had allegedly connived with, Tichaona Moyo, escaped and is still on the run.
The three appeared before Beitbridge resident magistrate, Mr Toyindepi Zhou yesterday and were not asked to plead to charges of criminal abuse of office.
They were remanded to January 17 next year on $15 000 bail each.
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