Zimra boss quizzed over ‘smuggled’ Zanu PF campaign material

ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) commissioner-general, Faith Mazani was yesterday grilled by MDC-T Chitungwiza North legislator, Godfrey Sithole, who demanded to know if Zanu PF had paid import duty for campaign vehicles and other materials, which were recently imported ahead of next month’s general elections.

BY VENERANDA LANGA

The issue was raised in Harare during a Zimra engagement meeting with parliamentarians to conscientise MPs about the country’s revenue collection systems.

Sithole claimed that there were speculative reports that Zanu PF imports were not being charged duty. “There is information to the effect that there are campaign materials — vehicles and T-shirts — for Zanu PF, which are coming into the country for free,” Sithole said.

“Why are they exempted from paying duty? Is it within the confines of the law?”

In response, Mazani demanded documentary proof to support the allegations.

“As Zimra, we do not allow goods to come in without paying taxes, but at times, there will be paperwork to show that the government has requested for those goods to come in and then they pay later,” she said.

Buhera South MP, Joseph Chinotimba (Zanu PF) requested an explanation over allegations that some Chinese businesses were evading paying taxes.

“Harare is now a city of vendors and how are we collecting taxes because it is no longer the Sunshine City. Shop owners are now selling wares outside without Zimra gadgets recording the sales for taxation purposes.

“There is corruption at border posts with cross border traders working in cahoots with Zimra officials to evade taxes, and some of the culprits are MPs,” he said.
Mazani said most vendors were charged taxes whenever they purchased goods at retail shops for resale.

The Zimra boss said compliance levels for taxes, remittances and submission of returns were very low.


“Of the 511 059 returns expected for the first quarter of 2018, filing compliance levels stood at 23% and 39% for pay as you earn and value-added tax respectively. The reasons for low compliance include corruption, negative perceptions by, taxpayers and lengthy prosecution processes, which make it difficult for the authority to bring delinquent taxpayers to book,” she said.

Zimra board chairperson, Willia Bonyongwe said there was need to deal with corruption syndicates at border posts, which included members of staff and law enforcement agents deployed.

To deal with corrupt staff, Mazani said there were regular transfers and lifestyle audits.

4 Comments

  1. chiremba wematombo

    The trouble with a very corrupt system is that ZIMRA will not tell you the truth about Zanu not paying duty, and if you went to Anti corruption Commission, they will not investigate it?? All the Stae institutions and “independent Commissions’n are thoroughly captured and will not move a finger where Zanu corruption is involved!!! Can MDC Alliance also import regalia and pay duty later????

  2. josphat mugadzaweta

    we dont have faith in you and come change you are gone

  3. She is supposed to prove that Zanu PF paid duty instead of asking an MP to prove that they didn’t. She looks like a criminal surrounding ED.

  4. Some of these MP’s are always waiting for a chance to pick a fight. Stop accusing China for your failures, you used to kill people to vote for a useless party, now you condemn China? Instead you should be asking clarity from ZIMRA if Government and Zanu imports are the same thing? As it is Zanu has more vehicles than DDF, how is that? Can the Zanu vehicles be used for communal projects in place of DDF vehicles which are non-existent?

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