A combined team of officers from Drug Enforcement Commission (DEC), Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) and Immigration Department and Zambia Police Service last night raided Mango Investments Tobacco Limited company situated between Makeni and Kanyama where they unearthed an illegal cigarette manufacturing scam.
And ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Topsy Sikalinda said the illegal manufacturing of cigarettes is a conspiracy to defraud government its Tax Revenues.
He said during the operation, it was discovered that Mango Tobacco Investment Limited was manufacturing, and packaging cigarettes without affixing ZRA cigarette tax stamps.
Sikalinda said the authority further discovered that the company also manufactured suspected counterfeit brands of cigarettes branded in foreign languages.
“It was further observed that, the company making import declaration of empty cartridges for cigarettes that are zero rated for duty when in fact they were importing already manufactured cigarettes that should have paid various taxes to the Government of the Republic of Zambia,” Sikalinda said.