By BRIAN HATYOKA -
CASES of smuggling at Kazungula Border Post have reduced following various control measures which have been put in place, Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Kazungula Border station manager Mupishi Miti has said.
Mr Miti said the construction of infrastructure, the fencing of the border post and the introduction of water patrols had largely contributed to the reduction of smuggling cases at the border.
He said the border, which was previously porous and prone to illegal activities, was currently operating smoothly with many traders declaring their goods.
Mr Miti was speaking in Kazungula on Monday when Tourism and Arts Deputy Minister Lawrence Evans inspected infrastructural projects and other facilities at the border post.
“Part of what has helped to curb smuggling here is the physical construction and fencing where smugglers used to pass through.
“Further, both ZRA and the police have speedboats which are used to patrol the waters to curb smugglers,” Mr Miti said.
He said there were small boats and canoes which in the past got smuggled items, but the situation had changed as all goods were passing through the border for clearance.
Mr Miti also said the various projects initiated to improve the border post in readiness for the co-hosting of the 20th session of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation General Assembly in Livingstone were impacting positively on operations.
“Before the border was improved, the area was muddy, but now we have a lot of tourists using the border because the area has been paved and improved,” he said.
Tourism and Arts Deputy Minister Lawrence Evans said Government was committed to developing all parts of the country.
Mr Evans, who is also Livingstone Member of Parliament, called for the quick upgrading of Livingstone-Sesheke Road to promote trade and tourism.