Why Pasi, Zimra bigwigs are in trouble

Source: Why Pasi, Zimra bigwigs are in trouble – The Standard May 8, 2016

Suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority commissioner (Zimra) general Gershem Pasi’s troubles started when it was allegedly discovered that one of his cars was fraudulently registered after he was involved in an accident in Harare.

By Everson Mushava

Pasi was driving a 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser when he was involved in the accident in the Newlands area and police discovered that it was registered as a Toyota Raum, a budget car, sources claimed.

The long-serving Zimra boss was suspended by the Willia Bonyongwe-led Zimra board on Friday together with five other senior executive managers — Sithokozile Mrewa (human resources director), Annah Mutombodzi (customs and exercise commissioner), Tjiyapo Velempini (ICT director), Clive Majengwa (internal audit director ) and Charlton Chihuri (loss control director).

Bonyongwe said the six had been sent on forced paid leave to allow for investigations into an alleged car importation racket.

However, this paper was reliably informed that Pasi’s woes are linked to the accident.

“Pasi was involved in an accident with his Toyota Land Cruiser, registration number ADS 6890 at the Newlands roundabout on April 27.

“The matter was reported to Highlands police station but handled by the Mabvuku traffic police,” a source privy to the developments said.

“But investigations by Central Intelligence Organisation officers later showed that the car was registered as a Toyota Raum. This raised suspicion leading to further investigations.”

Zimra board secretary for legal and corporate services Florence Jambwa requested written questions, but had not responded by the time of going to print.

Pasi could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The source claimed Pasi and the suspended managers bought their cars from a Harare dealer, Timoth Simfukwe and the vehicles were heavily undervalued.

A well-placed source within Zimra said Pasi and the other five bought the vehicles on the company’s car loan scheme without the board’s knowledge and there were no documents to support the purchases.

The board was tipped by a whistleblower in February and while they were carrying out further investigations, the matter spilled into the courts.
Zimra now wants to carry out a forensic audit.

Simfukwe is already appearing before the courts facing charges of undervaluing vehicles in a racket that could have prejudiced the State of millions of dollars.

Zimra officials have been accused of forming syndicates of dealers who process counterfeit undervalued import documents to smuggle vehicles and other products into the country.

Several former Zimra employees and others allegedly acted as clearing agents to fleece the State of millions of dollars in an importation scandal.

In one of the incidents, two Harare men were arrested on allegations of processing import documents to smuggle in six vehicles through Beitbridge Border Post, prejudicing the State of $157 500,24.

Simfukwe is on $500 bail.

He is alleged to have connived with one Liberty Tinashe Mahembe, a clearing agent at Beitbridge boarder post, to buy undervalued cars for Chihuri, Mutombodzi ,Velempini, Majengwa and Mrewa.

The 2015 Land Cruiser models were allegedly bought from Verve Auto Investments in South Africa.

The State alleges Chihuri’s first car paid duty $32 939,21 less than the actual value.

COMMENTS

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    Harper 6 years ago

    So sad in a Department that had a proud record for honesty.

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    FreeZim 6 years ago

    And he collects money from.us. what a cheek
    Is there not one honest person left in Zimbabwe. Zimra also push their luck. Whilst every person and company should pay tax there are some of their modus operandi that are questionable.

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    Tinomunamataishe 6 years ago

    Thought all along that Pasi could not be touched!

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    TJINGABABILI 6 years ago

    OVERSTATED HIS WELCOME, LIKE HIS BOSS!

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    Worried 6 years ago

    It is sad, the rot has gone this far to involve those we highly respected.

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    Ah buttie I am not the one. It’s the makiwa who is causing the trouble. Ma British ka
    But then the British had a clean organized growing economy where we all lived with some diginity.

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    C Frizell 6 years ago

    What is interesting is that a founder member of The Mafia has been fingered. They are ALL guilty of something, but if you are in favour, the law does not apply to you.

    So – who did Pasi (and the others) piss off? That is the real question.

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    Pasi must be investigated top to bottom, he had his fingers in pot for billions of dollars they must lock him up and throw the keys away

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    Runyararo 6 years ago

    It’s about time that supposed sacred cows are exposed. This is the ONLY way to stamp out corruption and collusion in government. Good job Zimra Board!