2 January 2013

Zambia: Nakonde Border Start 24-Hr Operatings

THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Nakonde border post in Muchinga Province has started operating on a 24-hour basis.

ZRA Nakonde acting station manager for customs, David Mungela said the border post would from yesterday start providing 24-hour service.

Mr Mungela said this during the commemoration of Customs taxpayers open day held in Nakonde council grounds.

"I assure you that service delivery at Nakonde border will soon improve because the good news is that come January 1, our station will start operating 24 hours service," Mr Mungela said.

The move, he said, would enhance the flow of traffic and clearance of goods at the border facility.

He said the new working arrangement would maximise revenue collection at the border.

Mr Mungela said Nakonde post was one of the busiest borders in the country, hence the need to extend working hours.

He said that during the night shift, the station would only be dealing with passenger clearance while commercial business services would be offered during day time.

Operating the border 24 hours was in line with one of the most efficiency programmes which the Government was implementing in the country.

Earlier, Nakonde ZRA examining officer Derrick Mukonki advised all taxpayers to always make use of ZRA offices each time they wanted to seek assistance.

Mr Mukonki said some clients were not comfortable to visit ZRA offices regarding services.

He said failure to consult ZRA officials at the border has landed some of their clients in problems for obtaining information on ZRA services from wrong people.

"We have had so many cases of clients who had been swindled by crooked people because of getting information on the services we offer from wrong people," Mr Mukonki said.

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