MBULO CHIKAYA, aged 36 years, a former Zambia Revenue Authority (ZRA) Examiner based at Lusaka Port Office was on Friday 9th September, 2022 convicted by the Lusaka Magistrate Court on 15 counts for the offence of smuggling contrary to section 149 (a) as read together with section 155 of the Customs and Excise Act, Chapter 322 of the Laws of Zambia.
Mr Chikaya was further convicted on13 counts for the offence of Unauthorised Interference with Data contrary to section 99 (2) of the Electronic Communication and Transaction Act No. 22 of 2009.
He has been sentenced to 7 years Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL) with effect from 9th September, 2022.
The facts of the case are that MBULO CHIKAYA a former ZRA Examiner based at Lusaka port on unknown date but between 1st January, 2016 and 31st December 2018 at Lusaka port office intentionally and without authority did interfere with data stored in the Zambia Revenue Authority Asycuda World electronic platform by modifying 15 motor vehicle declaration form and showed that the 15 motor vehicles were registered as an Ex-Red Book when in fact not.
The modification of the motor vehicle declaration form by the convict defrauded the Government of the Republic of Zambia a total sum of revenue of K442,022.80 in taxes.