Zimra com­pletes probe into ex­ec­u­tives

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business - Golden Sibanda Harare Bu­reau

THE Zim­babwe Rev­enue Au­thor­ity has com­pleted a foren­sic au­dit into sus­pected ir­reg­u­lar con­duct by ex­ec­u­tives as well as fraud and fal­si­fi­ca­tion of aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions by its loss con­trol di­rec­tor among ma­jor find­ings.

ZIMRA has since re­ported a fraud case CR 2151 /09 /16 at Harare Cen­tral Po­lice (Se­ri­ous Frauds) against the loss con­trol di­rec­tor, Mr Charl­ton Chi­huri, who joined Zimra in 2003.

The au­dit re­port has now been lodged with Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Min­is­ter Pa­trick Chi­na­masa for pe­rusal and pre­sen­ta­tion to Gov­ern­ment be­fore be­ing pub­li­cised.

Zimra chair­per­son Mrs Wil­lia Bony­ongwe con­firmed yes­ter­day that the au­dit re­port had been sub­mit­ted to Min­is­ter Chi­na­masa, but would not dis­cuss the con­tents of find­ings say­ing an of­fi­cial state­ment will be is­sued this week.

“The foren­sic au­dit by HLB Ruzengwe has been com­pleted, and as per pro­ce­dure, the re­port has been lodged with our par­ent min­istry (Fi­nance and Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment) who will present it to Gov­ern­ment,” she said.

Among other is­sues, the foren­sic au­dit looked into award­ing of con­tracts, the mo­tor ve­hi­cle scheme and car im­por­ta­tion by of­fi­cials and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives of Zimra

And apart from con­tracts, mo­tor ve­hi­cle scheme and im­por­ta­tion of cars, the just com­pleted foren­sic au­dit also probed salaries, ben­e­fits of and loans to se­nior man­age­ment.

The rev­enue col­lec­tor has also con­tracted char­tered ac­coun­tants Deloitte and Touché to carry out an au­dit into sus­pected im­pro­pri­ety in award­ing of ICT con­tracts at Zimra.

The Herald Busi­ness un­der­stands that the au­dit by HLB Ruzengwe has al­legedly un­earthed gross mis­con­duct by some se­nior of­fi­cials at Zimra, chief among them the loss con­trol di­rec­tor.

Sources said Mr (Charl­ton) Chi­huri al­legedly mis­rep­re­sented to Zimra that he holds a de­gree in eco­nomics from the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe when in fact that is not true.

It was not clear yes­ter­day whether Mr Chi­huri has since been picked up by po­lice for ques­tion­ing over the is­sue.

In­ves­ti­ga­tions into sus­pected im­pro­pri­ety by se­nior of­fi­cial­satZim­rafol­lowear­lier­re­port­sthatthetax­man­could be los­ing or might have lost mil­lions of dol­lars to deal­ers who fa­cil­i­tated coun­ter­feit un­der­val­ued im­port doc­u­ments for the pur­pose of im­port­ing cars at grossly low cost.

This re­sulted in Com­mis­sioner Gen­eral Ger­shem Pasi and five other se­nior di­rec­tors be­ing sent on paid leave to fa­cil­i­tate in­ves­ti­ga­tions over sus­pected ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties on car im­ports and other is­sues re­lated to pro­cure­ment at Zimra.

Other ex­ec­u­tives on leave in­clude Mr Charl­ton Chi­huri, Mrs Anna Mu­tombodzi (com­mis­sioner cus­toms and ex­cise) Mr Tjiyapo Velempini (di­rec­tor ICT and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment), Mr Charles Man­jengwa (di­rec­tor in­ter­nal au­dit) and Mrs Sithokozile Them­bani (di­rec­tor hu­man re­sources).

Au­di­tors had also been tasked to look into pos­si­ble mis­con­duct in pro­cure­ment of ser­vices and equip­ment, in­clud­ing ren­o­va­tions car­ried out at the tax­man’s Kurima House of­fices.

Fur­ther, the au­dits would also cover pro­cure­ment of uni­forms, asy­cuda val­i­da­tion sys­tem and the con­struc­tion of Chirundu Bor­der Post. The foren­sic au­dits, which were ex­pected to have been com­pleted by June, cov­ered the pe­riod Jan­uary 2014 to Au­gust this year.

Zimra chair­per­son Mrs Wil­lia Bony­ongwe

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