Zimra raids Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - FRONT PAGE - De­bra Matabvu

THE Zim­babwe Rev­enue Author­ity last week raided Prophetic Heal­ing and De­liv­er­ance Min­istries leader Prophet Wal­ter Ma­gaya as part of its life­style au­dits.

Zimra has been seek­ing clar­ity on how high rollers fund their life­styles and whether or not they are pay­ing what they should in taxes.

The Sun­day Mail un­der­stands that top Zimra of­fi­cials vis­ited Prophet Ma­gaya twice on Fri­day as they sought an­swers on how the preacher amassed his wealth and what his tax re­turns were.

A Zimra life­style au­dit ques­tion­naire seen by The Sun­day Mail asks re­spon­dents to

ex­plain what busi­nesses they have, to list the prop­er­ties they own, and how much tax they are pay­ing.

Yes­ter­day Zimra Com­mis­sioner-Gen­eral Ms Faith Mazani said the Prophet Ma­gaya probe was on­go­ing.

“This is a sen­si­tive in­ves­ti­ga­tion and I can­not com­ment about it at the mo­ment.

It’s still an in­ter­nal op­er­a­tion and as you can see a lot is hap­pen­ing. I still have to see the re­ports so that I will able to give out ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion. For now I can­not con­firm any­thing,” she said.

Prophet Ma­gaya’s spokesman Se­nior Overseer Ad­mire Mango could not be reached for com­ment.

In­for­ma­tion at hand shows that Zimra raided PHD’s premises and Yadah Ho­tel in Wa­ter­falls, with of­fi­cials quizzing Prophet Ma­gaya at length.

The Zimra life­style au­dits last week saw showy busi­ness­man Ge­nius Kadun­gure ar­rested for al­leged tax eva­sion to the tune of US$22 mil­lion.

He has been re­manded in cus­tody to Novem­ber 30, 2018 and his lawyer is seek­ing bail at the High Court.

Zimra says its life­style au­dit in­di­cates the as­sets Kadun­gure ac­quired be­tween 2009 and 2016 were worth far more than his de­clared in­come in that pe­riod.

Pres­i­dent Em­mer­son Mnan­gagwa has de­clared war on cor­rup­tion.

In a Fi­nan­cial Times ar­ti­cle last week, the Pres­i­dent said, “Col­lect­ing rev­enue ef­fec­tively and ef­fi­ciently com­bined with cuts and pri­vati­sa­tions, will en­able us to cut the bud­get deficit.

“These mea­sures are be­ing com­ple­mented by an anti-cor­rup­tion drive that will save Zim­babwe hun­dreds of mil­lions of dol­lars.

“In­ves­ti­ga­tions are un­der­way and ar­rests are al­ready be­ing made, in­clud­ing of min­is­ters and se­nior ex­ec­u­tives. The era of zero tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion is here.”

Last week Chief Jus­tice Mal­aba read the riot act to mag­is­trates’ lack­adaisi­cal ap­proach to cor­rup­tion, which has seen the un­jus­ti­fied re­lease of sus­pects on bail thus erod­ing pub­lic con­fi­dence in the anti-graft drive.

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