‘Zimra’s corruption organised crime’

ZIMBABWE Revenue Authority (Zimra) board chairperson Willia Bonyongwe has likened corruption in the authority to organised crime as the tax collector continues battling corrupt elements within its ranks.

BY TATIRA ZWINOIRA

Speaking at the Zimra inaugural annual general meeting held yesterday in Harare, Bonyongwe said corruption was difficult to solve “because we are in a nation where corruption is systemic and you cannot attack it”.

“It is like you have got cancer in your body, you have to attack it holistically so that it doesn’t migrate from the arm to head or the leg and we have done what we can but it would really require a national consensus,” she said.

“I think the fight for corruption, we have done, but I do not even think we have moved, we are just scratching on the surface. As Zimra alone, we can’t because the corruption at Zimra is being carried out not only by Zimra staff but with people out there. It is like organised crime really, so we need help.”

Estimates show that the tax collector is losing millions annually due to corruption.

In its 2017 annual report, Zimra said it had toll-free hotlines to receive reports on corruption, carry out asset declarations and lifestyle audits on staff members as deterrents to corruption.

Last year, it introduced an electronic cargo tracking and loss system to curb leakages especially at border posts.

These efforts have led to structural changes regarding critical positions, refocusing divisional mandates and recruiting additional critical skills.

“Indeed as an organisation we are doing the best we can to fight corruption. Our biggest strategy to deal with corruption internally is through our code of conduct to ensure that whoever is caught is actually brought to book and the requisite penalties are imposed, including dismissals,” Zimra commissioner-general Faith Mazani said.

“We have also take an advantage of our whistle blower facility as the chairman indicated, which gives us information on our internal and on those who are perpetrating it from outside which has helped us deal with the issue of compliance.”


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7 Comments

  1. as part of the zimra team madam can we also infer that you are equally floating with others as according to your own admission this corruption thing is highly organised and difficult to eradicate ,we do not expect stuff like this from a board member as it sends all sorts of wrong messages to those on the ground.

  2. Corruption can be eradicated. Zimra must adopt a systematic approach to curb corruption without favour. All perpetrators must be punished regardless of race, economic status, gender, religion, political affiliation.

    1. She is quite right corruption is endemic and until peoples attitudes change it will be impossible to eradicate. There should be a lot more education/ awareness about the effects of corruption for a start. It’s the sames as the huge litter problem…

  3. A Zanu PF government and all its appointees can never end corruption. It’s in their genes. Vote the whole lot out of office and out of our lives.

  4. The only way to get rid of corruption is to remove the architect, ZANU PF. Bonyongwe said it the best way she can, Jealousy Mawarire said it about Chinamasa and Mangudya concerning cash shortages and ED’s son as the black market god-father and the docket at ZACC

  5. matebele warrior

    that is true guys, with zanu and eliasha corruption will never end

  6. Ossam Nyikadzino

    Mrs Bonyongwe its so disturbing for an official to admit failing to curb corruption within an organisation’s rank and file.
    Truly speaking we are throwing our company monies to a group of thieves.
    Corruption is easy to eradicate only if you are committed and not part of that system.

    Why should we normalise an abnormal system of operation? What does it take to fire corrupt officials from Zimra. Ihama dzenyu so you cant show them out.

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