Zambia Revenue Authority-ZRA – officers this morning stormed Post Newspaper Offices on Lusaka’s Bwinjimfumu Road, demanding payment of over six million Kwacha tax arrears.
The ZRA officers who were accompanied by Zambia Police officers restricted journalists’ access to the premises as they went round offices for about two hours.
Some Post Newspaper employees trooped out of their offices to watch the unfolding operation by the joint team of tax collectors and police officers.
And ZRA Public Relations Manager Mumbuna Kufekisa told journalists that ZRA served the Post Newspaper with a notice and that the firm has responded accordingly.
Mr Kufekisa however, explained that the Post Newspapers has been given Ten days to reconcile it’s tax accounts with those of ZRA.
Meanwhile, Mr Kufekisa said the Post Newspaper is NOT being singled out as many other firms have been pursued over tax arrears.
And Post Newspaper General Manager in Charge of Finance, Rowena Zulu claimed that there was a scheme to cook up figures against the newspaper.
Ms. Zulu said the Post Newspaper has paid ZRA over 40 million Kwacha over the last Eleven months, adding that the Value Added Tax account is up to date.
In September last year, a similar raid was conducted by a joint team of police and ZRA officers at the Post Newspaper over tax liabilities.