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Zimra demands duty on aid

Grace Kombora

THE Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) is demanding duty on goods imported into the country to assist victims of Operation Murambatsvina, it has been learnt.



=”Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The goods include 4 800 blankets and foodstuffs donated by the South African Council of Churches after a fact-finding mission to Zimbabwe last month.


Christian Care deputy director, Nyika Musiyazviriyo, said the donated blankets were still to be distributed due to protracted negotiations with Zimra.


“We are still negotiating with Zimra since these are new blankets,” he said.

“It’s a matter of interpretation of the law because under customs regulations new blankets are supposed to pay customs excise duty. We would not want to say anything more since we are still negotiating. This might jeorpadise everything.”


South African churches donated blankets and sent two other trucks loaded with maize, beans, cooking oil and other food items to Zimbabwe two weeks ago to help thousands of people left homeless and destitute by the urban clean-up campaign.


The Zimbabwe government destroyed homes, shacks, market stalls and businesses, leaving over 700 000 people homeless and without a source of livelihood.


The trucks carrying the aid material were yesterday still stuck at Beitbridge border post pending the outcome of the negotiations.

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