THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it has secured the conviction of 14 motorists for driving under the influence of alcohol.
RTSA Public Relations Officer Mukela Mangolwa said the agency has secured convictions of Mary Kayila and thirteen others in the Lusaka Fast Track Court for driving under the influence of alcohol during the month of January.
Mukela named others convicted as Shikwesha Venon, Chawa Mulenga, Clive Cholwe, Mulenga Masinsa, Francis Phiri, Mulambo Jonathan, Banda Fundi and Katema Maybin.
Also convicted on the same offence is Maulu Hamunjele, Paula Mwanza, Namakando Kalaluka , Field Chimuka, Miyande Ezra, Mark Mudolo, Joseph Nkoma, Zimba Christopher, Rabson Phiri, Nguvu Laqwrence, Likando Mwendabai and Kingsley Bwalya all of Lusaka.
Mangolwa said dangerous driving was the most prevalent offence recorded by the Court which accounted for 36 cases out of the 173 convictions for the month.
He said the agency also recorded a total number of 139 multiple offences out of which 173 were secured for convictions.
“Other convictions were for unlicensed driving with 18 convictions, 14 convictions for expired test certificate, 13 for expired certificate of fitness, and 13 for use of uninsured motor vehicle, 18 for unlicensed drivers and six for use of hand held mobile phone whilst driving,” Mangolwa said.
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A former ZRA accounts assistant slapped three years imprisonment for stealing over K170,000
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Court has convicted and sentenced a former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) accounts assistant, Sami Sami to three years imprisonment with hard labour.
Magistrate Faides Hamaundu entered a statutory judgment and ordered the convict Sami to pay Zambia Revenue Authority the money that he had stolen.
Sami aged 43 was convicted on 18 counts of the offence of Theft by Public Servant contrary to section 277 of the Penal Code Chapter 87 of the Laws of Zambia.
The court heard that Sami an account assistant at ZRA on dates unknown but between the 16th day of August 2018 and the 31st day of July,2019, being a person employed in the Public Service namely ZRA stole K174,566.59 cash which came into his possession by virtue of his employment.
And ZRA has sternly warned its members of staff that there are no sacred cows as any officers found wanting will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted by law.
(Mwebantu, Wednesday, 25th January, 2023)
ZRA dismisses fake social recruitment post.
THE Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) has dismissed reports circulating on social media platforms purporting that the authority has advertised for jobs.
ZRA Corporate Communications Manager Oliver Nzala said the social media reports are fake adding the general public should not be duped by unscrupulous people who are forging and coming up with fake ZRA documents in order to swindle unsuspecting people.
Mr Nzala said the fake recruitment adverts are a concern to the authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled.
He urged the public to be on high alert concerning the scam, saying the unscrupulous people should be reported to the nearest police station or any ZRA office.
Mr Nzala also dispelled reports that the authority had set up a trust fund.
“The ZRA would like to warn and urge members of the public to strongly ignore and treat social media posts circulating, purporting that there is a Zambia Revenue Support Trust Fund Program and that the Authority has advertised for jobs, as fake. We have noted with great concern fake recruitment adverts circulating on social media purporting to have been issued by the ZRA. This is a big concern for the Authority because some members of the public who are desperate for employment get swindled,”he said.
He said ZRA’s recruitment process is anchored on core values of transparency, professionalism and integrity.
Mr Nzala said that ZRA advertises job vacancies on their website and in the print media.
He said in the past the authority has received cases from some being swindled of hard-earned cash by unscrupulous people purporting to be recruitment agents for ZRA.
He explained the swindlers send fake messages inviting the unsuspecting general public to attend interviews or assessment tests, conduct police clearance, undergo medical examinations and report for work.
(Mwebantu, Sunday, 22nd January, 2023)