Zimra boss 13yrs on job with fake qual­i­fi­ca­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Lloyd Gumbo

THE Zim­babwe Rev­enue Author­ity’s (Zimra) Di­rec­tor of Loss Con­trol Mr Charl­ton Chi­huri only has four Or­di­nary Level sub­jects but has been work­ing at the rev­enue author­ity for the past 13 years af­ter forg­ing his qual­i­fi­ca­tions, au­di­tors ap­pointed by the Au­di­torGen­eral’s Of­fice have es­tab­lished.

This is con­tained in the foren­sic au­dit re­port con­ducted by HLB Zim­babwe Char­tered Ac­coun­tants into the op­er­a­tions of the rev­enue col­lec­tor fol­low­ing reports by whistle­blow­ers of cor­rup­tion and poor cor­po­rate gov­er­nance.

The au­dit re­port is part of Zimra’s court record filed with the High Court yes­ter­day while re­spond­ing to sus­pended Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Mr Ger­shem Pasi’s ur­gent ap­pli­ca­tion seek­ing to nul­lify the rev­enue col­lec­tor’s dis­ci­plinary pro­cess against him.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that Mr Charl­ton Chi­huri mis­rep­re­sented his aca­demic qual­i­fi­ca­tions to Zimra as early as 2003 when he first ap­plied for the post of Loss Con­trol Of­fi­cer,” reads the re­port.

“He mis­rep­re­sented that he had ob­tained six Or­di­nary Level passes, scored six Ad­vanced Level points and that he was the le­git­i­mate holder of a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence Hon­ours in Eco­nom­ics De­gree with the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe.

“Upon in­quiry with both the Zim­babwe School Ex­am­i­na­tions Coun­cil and the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe, we es­tab­lished that he had mis­rep­re­sented his re­sults.

“He nei­ther has six Or­di­nary Level passes nor does he hold any de­gree with the Univer­sity of Zim­babwe. In ac­tual fact, he has only four Or­di­nary Level passes ex­clud­ing English, and he failed his Ad­vanced Level ex­am­i­na­tions with two F sym­bols and an O sym­bol.”

The au­di­tors said the UZ also re­futed claims that Mr Chi­huri was ever reg­is­tered at the in­sti­tu­tion and cat­e­gor­i­cally stated that the de­gree cer­tifi­cate that he pre­sented to Zimra was fic­ti­tious. The au­di­tors said Mr Chi­huri’s record file with the rev­enue author­ity con­tained a Mas­ter’s de­gree with the Univer­sity of Liver­pool, which the au­di­tors queried its le­git­i­macy given that one can­not ob­tain a Mas­ter’s with­out an un­der­grad­u­ate qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

“Mr Charl­ton Chi­huri even failed the Zimra train­ing tests for su­per­vi­sors and man­agers scor­ing two F sym­bols for Tar­iff and Pro­ce­dure 1 re­spec­tively. Iron­i­cally, he was be­ing show­ered with per­for­mance awards ev­ery quar­ter by the Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Mr Ger­shem Pasi.

“The role of di­rec­tor Loss Con­trol is cru­cial and can­not be ef­fi­ciently ex­e­cuted by an un­suited can­di­date. The author­ity was prej­u­diced to the tune of US$1,6 mil­lion in re­mu­ner­a­tion paid to an un­qual­i­fied per­son.

“It was surely upon the lead­er­ship at Zimra to put in place mea­sures to de­tect such cases of aca­demic fraud. These mea­sures were not there and if they ex­isted, they were not ef­fec­tive enough to pre­vent or de­tect the aca­demic fraud.

“The con­duct was dam­ag­ing and could have far reach­ing con­se­quences con­sid­er­ing that Zimra acts in the pub­lic in­ter­est. The rep­u­ta­tion of Zimra as a state en­tity is put to task by this damn­ing rev­e­la­tion,” said the au­di­tors.

The au­di­tors also es­tab­lished that an­other loss con­trol of­fi­cer, Mr Ben­jamin Zenda, was em­ployed with­out the req­ui­site qual­i­fi­ca­tions and through a pro­cess fraught with ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties. ToPage 2

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