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Zimra threatens blitz on smuggled cars

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The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has threatened to conduct a blitz on vehicles being sneaked into the country without paying duty.

BY TARISAI MANDIZHA

Speaking at a media briefing in Harare yesterday, Zimra commissioner-general Gershom Pasi said a number of vehicles were coming into the country without paying duty through corrupt means.

“We will be carrying out a blitz. We know a number of vehicles are coming into the country without paying duty currently. We now have the technology which shows that. It’s corruption we are trying to fight, there will be gullible officers in Zimra,” Pasi said.

“We don’t know what to do. The whole service system is corrupt.”

Pasi said vehicles being imported were currently passing through the border with Zimbabwean number plates and with a registration book without even paying duty.

He said corruption in Zimbabwe had reached alarming levels and urged all citizens to take part in curbing it.

“We need to work as a nation. We do the blitz from time to time. That’s all we can do, but the best we can do is that people should be honest with each other,” the revenue collection chief said.

“We know corruption is a national cancer, but we still believe it should be addressed.”

Pasi also said Zimra was conducting a campaign dubbed I am not corrupt, where its employees will be wearing T-shirts every Friday with the anti-corruption messages in different languages.

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