The Zambia Revenue Authority ZRA has donated 20,000 litres of fuel and disinfectants worth K500, 000 to help curb the COVID-19 situation at the Nakonde border.
ZRA Commissioner General Kingsley Chanda says the Nakonde border is the second largest and busiest border in Zambia and all efforts will be done to ensure the COVID situation which has affected employees of ZRA, Immigration and other agencies is controlled.
Mr. Chanda further stated that ZRA is the lead agency at the border adding that the Authority has decided to make a donation of fuel in order to help transport all COVID suspected patients to the quarantine center in Chinsali.
He has also announced that the border will be re-opened today for only critical essential goods such as food, fuel and medical supplies although the comprehensive list will be issued to the public soon.
Disinfection of the entire border will also be done by the Ministry of Health using materials donated by ZRA for all offices at the boarder including Immigration, Road Transport and Safety Agency , Compulsory Standards and other government departments.
The disinfecting exercise will also be extended to residences of all government border agency personnel to protect lives and combat the spread of COVID-19.
Mr. Chanda said the idea is to ensure that the border reopens as soon as possible adding that COVID-19 has negatively affected revenue collection with inevitable devastating impact on the economy and people.