Smug­gled beers flood Si­avonga

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By OLIVER SAMBOKO

CHEAP lager beers smug­gled from Zim­babwe have flooded the mar­ket in Si­avonga deny­ing the coun­try the much needed revenue.

A ran­dom check by the Daily Na­tion in the tourist town's bars and she­beens in Mitchell com­pound and new res­i­den­tial site ar­eas, found pop­u­lar Black La­bel, Cas­tle Lite and other brands by Delta Bev­er­ages of Zim­babwe be­ing sold cheaper than lagers sup­plied by Zam­bian Brew­eries and other lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors.

At one of the shabeens, some Zim­bab­wean smug­glers where found sell­ing a case of 24 caned Cas­tle Lite at or­der price of K96.

A six-pack for bottled Cas­tle Lite and Black La­bel was be­ing sold at K42 while caned Lion Lager was go­ing at K36.

Bars and lodges in the tourist town are cur­rently stock­ing var­i­ous al­co­hol drinks in par­tic­u­lar in red­ness for the fes­ti­val sea­son which nor­mally at­tracts hun­dreds of vis­i­tors dur­ing the Christ­mas and New Year pe­riod.

The beer from Zim­babwe is smug­gled into Si­avonga through Kariba Border Post by cross border traders who carry the liquors on their backs to avoid de­tec­tion from the eye of the tax men.

Zim­babwe, once South­ern Africa's food bas­ket, is fac­ing liq­uid­ity cri­sis which has forced many Zim­bab­weans liv­ing in Kariba town to en­gage in smug­gling of goods into Zam­bia to sell for cash which they later ex­change for US dol­lars which they later ex­change with bond notes in­tro­duced by the Zim­babwe gov­ern­ment to end the cash short­ages in the coun­try.

Smug­gled beer in Si­avonga

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