ZRA ‘raids’ Kitwe’s black mountain

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THE Zambia Review Authority (ZRA) has asked Nana Alloys  smelter to start remitting tax on their infamous copper slug dumpsite commonly known as the black mountain in Kitwe  .

But Wusakile Ward Councillor Davis Simunyola refuted that the dump site belongs to Nkana Alloys Smelter.

 ZRA tax Compliance patrol Team yesterday May 23rd  paid a surprising visit to the dumpsite currently being guarded by state police.  

ZRA Corporate Communications manager Mumbuna Kufekisa  confirmed this in an interview with ZANIS.

Mr. Kufekisa said that his Authority will now compell the registered owners of the dumpsite,  Nkana Alloys Smelter, to start paying tax such mineral royalty and others applicable tax forms.

He revealed that Nkana Alloys  smelter has not been remitting tax to government despite the massive mining activities going on at the dump site where copper and Cobalt are being mined.

He said the Chinese owned company cannot continue operating without paying tax as it was a legal obligation that it should meet.

He added that government was eager to develop the country and that it can only develop the country through the various tax forms remitted by business houses..

But Wusakile Ward Councillor Davis Simunyola refuted that the dump site belongs to Nkana Alloys Smelter.

Mr Simunyora said the dumpsite belonged to the Wusakile community youths who have been mining from the dumpsite.

He charged that the community will not allow the Chinese national claiming ownership of the black mountain to operate from the facility.

Recently state police removed all the illegal miners from the dumpsite and halted all illegal mining activities until government hands over the facility to youths who are expected to form cooperatives under which they will be registered for operations.

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