Zimra holds on to Manyuchi’s passport

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President Robert Mugabe playfully throws punches at Charles Manyuchi while the world welterweight boxing champion's wife Fariro Rutendo Hove and Harare Metropolitan Provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa look on at State House on July 30.

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) are yet to release World Boxing Council welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi’s passport, almost 20 days after confiscating it.

BY HENRY MHARA

Manyuchi’s passport was seized by the tax authorities on July 22 on his return from Italy where he had successfully defended his title by beating Italian Gianculla Frezza into submission in the sixth round.

Zimra initially confiscated the trophy that was presented to Manyuchi for winning the bout, before later releasing it on the condition that the boxer surrenders his passport.

Zimra allegedly want Manyuchi to pay duty for the trophy before they can release the passport.

Manyuchi yesterday said he was “deeply disappointed” by Zimra’s actions.

He added that Zimra’s continued holding of his documents is threatening to interrupt preparations for his upcoming fights.

The 26-year-old is set to travel to Zambia at the end of this month to begin camp for a fight in November.

But the trip currently hangs in the balance, as Zimra continue to frustrate him.

“To be honest, I don’t know why they are doing this to me,” said Manyuchi yesterday.

“They still have my passport and they are showing no signs of releasing it. They want me to declare the trophy I won but I don’t remember them confiscating trophies and medals that were won and brought into the country by other sportspersons before me. Why didn’t they confiscate Kirsty Coventry’s gold medals which she won at the Olympics?

“I want to travel to Zambia to begin camp later this month, but I’m not sure at the moment if I will be able to travel because I don’t have travel documents. I have a big fight in November which I need to prepare adequately, but this is frustrating me,” added Manyuchi who was honoured with a State banquet by President Robert Mugabe at State House a fortnight ago.

President Robert Mugabe playfully throws punches at Charles Manyuchi while the world welterweight boxing champion's wife Fariro Rutendo Hove and Harare Metropolitan Provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa look on at State House on July 30.
President Robert Mugabe playfully throws punches at Charles Manyuchi while the world welterweight boxing champion’s wife Fariro Rutendo Hove and Harare Metropolitan Provincial minister Miriam Chikukwa look on at State House on July 30.

No comment could be obtained from Zimra with its chief corporate communications officer Mr Taungana Ndoro not answering his mobile phone.

Mugabe gave Manyuchi $50 000 as a reward for winning the fight. Speaking at the function, Tourism minister Walter Mzembi and acting Sport, Arts and Culture minister Supa Mandiwanzira criticised Zimra for seizing the passport, but it appears the taxmen are unyielding.

“I was given money by the President, but I cannot even enjoy it because of this situation. I had also wanted to go out and buy goods and groceries for my family but I can’t,” said Manyuchi.

Manyuchi however paid tribute to the nation for the support he has been receiving in the past weeks, especially after his exploits in Italy.

“I’m overwhelmed and thankful for the support I have been getting from the nation. A lot of people have come through to show their appreciation. I once again want to thank the President for the gesture. This was my wish to be recognised by the government and I’m very happy that it happened. I did the country proud, put it on the map and I think I deserved the recognition I got.”

He also thanked his sponsors MrT35, who are the principal sponsor, Bopela Group and Zanu PF MP Daniel Shumba.

“Those have been very supportive to me, and I’m hoping they will continue to do the good job they are doing. I want to also thank the other sponsors who I didn’t mention, their contribution to the growth of my career is highly appreciated,” said the Masvingo-born boxer who has also started to give back to the community after he last week donated clothes to Mother Theresa’s Home in Mutoko.

18 COMMENTS

  1. watove mu foreigner hako Manyuchi …….my advise is that you should surrender your trophy and collect your travel documents nekuti you are walking in a brighter road…..God is with you…

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  2. Jus declare and see hw much it is ,cos tingango taura but its lest less than hundred $

    plus vamwe vaiunza ma medals not trophies kkkkkkk

    Zambia offered you citizenship wakaramba gona manje

  3. my best advise tu u my brother go and sarender yo trophy after that yu can go tu england and chge yo citzenshp its fo yo best cz instead of appricaitng yo gud wrks they are frustrating u

  4. Dont be frustrated into renouncing your birth right. Problem is that some people think they are more zimbabwean than others……rubbish

  5. This is too ugly..it gives the impression that someone at ZIMRA is asking for a backhander..Why would anyone confiscate a trophy..The reporter did half a job here..what is the prize of the purse for wilnning the world purse? It seems to me this boxer guy is not telling the truth either..is the trophy not being held in lieu of the taxes due on the purse he made for winning the world title? The Filipino world champion appeared not too keen on paying his taxes we are told..Could it that boxers feel they are NOT entitled to pay taxes on winnings?

  6. Kursty brought medals not trophies baba, if it badharai mutero baba ipai Kesari zvake and ignorance of the law does not absolve you from following the law of the land. Better approach Zimra and get to know how much coz u will spend much of your energy on wrong things. Messi’s farther is in soup nedzvenga mutero. Mambo Jesu vakatuma Peter kunotsvaga mari mumuromo wehove kuti vape Kesari zvake.

  7. Kursty brought medals not trophies baba, badharai mutero baba ipai Kesari zvake and ignorance of the law does not absolve you from following the law of the land. Better approach Zimra and get to know how much coz u will spend much of your energy on wrong things. Messi’s farther is in soup nekudzvenga mutero. Mambo Jesu vakatuma Peter kunotsvaga mari mumuromo wehove kuti vape Kesari zvake.

  8. Manyosi be careful not to be fooled; remember to declare donations as well bearing in mind that the government is stone broke and every cent counts. Doesn’t the president also need to declare how he earned the funds; khulumani / taurai zazi zomthetho

  9. Matsotsi ezimra anetsa. mutero kuti kudini kuda kudya zvavasina kukohwa. Kurwa kunorwadza murume akatorohwawo kuti ahwine imi moti toda kudya naye.

  10. ZIMRA what’s wrong with you, why are you so anti development, instead of tackling corruption and rampant smuggling @ border posts you choose to hog the limelight over seizing a trophy from a national sporting icon. Where is your shame, dou you know how many millions of goods are coming in undeclared. Please show some reason ZIMRA.

  11. I agree that the reporter did a half job here. Why didn’t the reporter seek comment from Zimra to find out why they confiscated his trophy in the first place I marii irikudiwa? how much did he win in Italy, what percentage of it is he supposed to pay in taxes and when is the payment supposed to be made (deadline). If Zimra is unwilling to comment seek comment from the Minister of Finance. The reporter should also have interviewed an independent tax expert preferably one with knowledge and experience in sport. The article says that Charles Manyuchi should have declared the trophy which is fine but I wonder if the authorities are aware that he cannot keep the trophy, he has to give it back, correct me if I am mistaken, the same applies to the belt. Personally I am disappointed but not surprised by the actions of Zimra. As a nation tinokoshesa mari more than our own self respect. Instead of encouraging these young guys to achieve great things we stifle them. The President is aware of what is happening to Manyuchi why doesn’t he intervene? Manyuchi is capable of taking on Floyd Mayweather and bringing in millions to Zimbabwe and boosting our national pride. That’s the reason why most elite sportspeople end up changing their nationalities, we don’t create an enabling environment for achievers tinongoda mediocrity. Mavakutomukanganisa and if he loses his next fight it will be on you Zimra and the country.

  12. Mr Manyuchi go and engage zimra so that you resolve all your outstanding issues. Leave the media to inform pple no to fight you. Mabasa aya anosiyana plus iwe ndiwe unoziva nyaya yese. Maybe you had other dutable or its just a matter of produre. So dialogue pliz dont bore us with your personal issues. Food for thought!

  13. It seems this story is calculated at exposing Zimra as an uncaring and greedy body. This would explain why the reporter tried to get comment from Zimra “without success”. Why didn’t the reporter visit the Zimra office? The best thing is for the newspaper to follow up until a comment is made available. And, to seek opinion of experts on the matter. It might just be that this is a test case, so past sportspeople may have escaped paying taxes. So in short, this story has not educated us on why Zimra would resort to such action. The story did not do this to conveniently put Zimra in bad light by showing Manyuchi as the victim. NHAWU DZEKUSVIBISA

  14. if its the law that is forcing zimra to act that way it has to be revisde.he was on national duty.are we saying if the national football team gets a trophy out ther,must pay duty.this is is a disgrace.stake holders involved work up,that is ministry of sport,ministry of tourism,zimra&public.ther is pride at stake here,imagine the media in zambia,italy&the world generaly.its a shame wat ever is going on between zimra&this heroe.how many international medals&trophies do we have to show.should one have a budget for zimra wen participating internationaly incase he or she win outside the country.i appreciate the nation is struggling financialy but we cannot rise money this way.tinozvimakisa tega.

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