Zimra should admit failure first
EDITOR — ZIMRA recently released a notice urging motorists who imported their vehicles between 2014 and 2016 to ensure that their cars are properly registered within the regulatory confines.
Before we get to the damage control part where they are going to launch a probing exercise to enforce the legality of the cars roaming our streets, there are root questions that need to be addressed.
While it is obvious that there may be cars which were smuggled into the country, may I ask how the regulatory authority manning our borders allowed the said cars to enter into our country?
Two years is a long period, does this mean that the exercise is an admission that there are people who were sleeping on the job.
Consequently, those who allowed the cars in should be prosecuted or dismissed for such ineptitude.
There also needs to be clarity in terms of how much money was lost or which could have been amassed through the duties collected and related fees.
With the recently gazetted Statutory Instrument 64 of 2016, what guarantees do we have that the same authority which let their guard down in the importation of cars will act in our favour as far as efforts to reduce the trade deficit are concerned?
Maybe this is unfounded scepticism but, I am gravely concerned with what is happening at our borders. We need to be stern on what gets into the country and through what channels? Concerned, Harare