Zim tax chief suspended - state media

2016-05-07 18:01


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Zimbabwe - Two weeks after four anti-corruption commissioners were suspended for alleged corruption in Zimbabwe, the national tax boss and five of his top managers were also sent on forced leave, state media reported on Saturday.

ZIMRA's commissioner-general Gershom Pasi and five managers have been suspended - on full pay - following "questions over the importation of vehicles," the official Herald newspaper said.

Criminal proceedings have been instituted, the state ZBC broadcaster said, quoting a statement from ZIMRA board chairperson Willia Bonyongwe.

ZBC did not specify who the proceedings had been instituted against.

News of Pasi's suspension has been greeted with some surprise inside Zimbabwe, where the tax authority has been aggressively trying to plug revenue leakages.

Longtime president Robert Mugabe spoke out against corruption during Independence Day celebrations on April 18, saying: "One of the greatest tributes we can pay to Zimbabwe is to shun corruption."

‘No small fish’

Well-known radio personality Zororo Makamba tweeted: "Oh wow, this is out of the blue. Pasi is no small fish."

In 2014, ZIMRA was forced to publicly deny claims by a member of parliament that Pasi was paid a salary of US$310,000 a month.

Sternford Moyo, then ZIMRA's board chairman, told the independent Standard newspaper that the figure was "grossly incorrect". The tax chief's salary is still not known.

Four commissioners from the state Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption Commission were suspended in April over suspicions they were involved in underhanded dealings connected with the purchase of a property by the jailed former chief executive officer of the commission.

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