Zimra should ad­mit fail­ure first

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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

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