The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has impounded five of their trucks belonging to a local company, Ajara Trucking over alleged smuggling of fuel.
The Harare-based owner of the trucks, Ronald Ajara confirmed the incident saying the trucks were held at Chirundu Border Post on Monday.
Anonymous sources told Zim Morning Post that the trucks entered the country with thousands of litres of fuel purportedly in transit to Zambia but the contents were emptied in Willowvale, Harare and replaced with water.
It is alleged that for a prolonged period of time, Zimra has not been charging excise duty for the fuel at the point of entry as the cargos were said to be destined for Zambia.
The matter reportedly came to light when one of the company’s drivers, disgruntled over harsh working conditions, spilt the beans to Zimra. The anonymous source said:
One of his drivers who were disgruntled over welfare issues tipped Zimra regarding the fuel scam leading to the trucks being impounded.
Zim Morning Post contacted Ajara for a comment over the matter and he confirmed that the trucks had been impounded but denied that he was defrauding the state of revenue.
He also said his trucks had been released adding that “Zimra took the trucks and conducted their checks. After seeing that everything was above board the trucks were released.”
In 2017, Zimra started tracking cargo coming into and out of the country in a bid to curb transit fraud including cargo diversions.