Tyre dealer in court for smuggling

A BULAWAYO tyre dealer has appeared in court for allegedly smuggling 280 tyres from Namibia, prejudicing the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) of duty amounting to $40 174, 68 in duty.

BY SILAS NKALA

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This was heard by Bulawayo magistrate Charity Maphosa when Gozhorai Kainos (37) appeared before her charged with false representation. The magistrate remanded him out of custody to June 26 for trial.

The court heard that on June 2 this year, Kainos and Tichaona Jiri, who are still at large, entered the country via Plumtree Border Post using a Freightliner truck with a trailer loaded with 280 tyres. They allegedly declared 180 tyres instead of 280, which they were in possession of.

Kainos and his alleged accomplice paid only $185, as duty for the tyres. Detectives on patrol received a tip off, and arrested Kainos, as the truck arrived in Bulawayo.

Kainos was taken to the Zimra, where his duty was reworked and it emerged he had shortchanged the tax collector of $40 174, 68.

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