Zimra tackles corruption

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BY NIZBERT MOYO
THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) has revealed that it has put in place several measures to fight corruption, which include the anti-corruption hotline that can be used to anonymously report corruption.

Zimra said in addition, it was disciplining members of staff through the authority’s code of conduct in accordance with the laws of the land.

This was  after realisation that corruption was one of the biggest non-tariff barriers that eroded investor confidence in the  country.

The remarks were made by Zimra’s head of technical support Idah Tawonezvi during the Young CEOs Business Forum (YCBF) hosted by the CEO Africa Round Table in Bulawayo last week.

Tawonezvi said issues such as  asset declaration and lifestyle audits were also being used to identify any cases of unjust enrichment, as a way of curbing corruption.

“Corruption is one of the biggest non-tariff barriers that makes our products less competitive on the international market and erodes investor confidence.

“My organisation has put in place several measures to fight corruption which include the anti-corruption hotline that you can use to anonymously report corruption, as well as disciplining members of staff in accordance with the laws of the land and the authority’s code of conduct,’’ she said.

She added that  such   platforms   afforded the business community, heads of industry, tax academics, practitioners, administrators, government officials and the general public to debate and exchange ideas on existing and latest developments in taxation that have a direct bearing on business.

“We are also working with the Ministry of Finance  and Economic Development on simplification of our tax and customs policies,’’ she said.

YCBF was  running under the theme Breakthrough to Excellence: The First Million is the Hardest and was attended by captains of industry from around the country.

Bulawayo Metropolitan Affairs minister Judith Ncube said while projections were that the country’s economy would grow by 5,5% in 2022, young leadership in both the public and private sectors should take a leading role in making a lasting impact in communities through tackling societal problems.