BY KENNETH NYANGANI
A MUTARE-BASED Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) official was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly attempted to facilitate the smuggling of a truckload of chrome ore to Mozambique.
Gerald Kadira (28) yesterday appeared before magistrate Perseverance Makhala facing criminal abuse of office charges and contravening section 174 of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act Chapter 9:23.
Kadira was granted $200 bail and the matter was remanded to March 11 for trial.
Prosecutor Fletcher Karombe told the court that on February 24, the accused, who was deployed at Forbes Border Post, facilitated the smuggling of chrome ore to Mozambique after issuing a bill of entry and a Zimbabwe Mining and Smelting Company commercial invoice to a truck that does not belong to the company.
Karombe said the accused, who was assigned to carry out export duties on the day, was linked to the crime by issuing a fraudulent bill of entry.
The truck was intercepted at the border post while attempting to cross with the forged documents.