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Why Pasi, Zimra bigwigs are in trouble

Suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority commissioner (Zimra) general Gershem Pasi’s troubles started when it was allegedly discovered that one of his cars was fraudulently registered after he was involved in an accident in Harare.

By Everson Mushava

Pasi was driving a 2015 Toyota Land Cruiser when he was involved in the accident in the Newlands area and police discovered that it was registered as a budget car, possibly to avoid paying higher import duty, sources claimed.

The long-serving Zimra boss was suspended by the Willia Bonyongwe-led Zimra board on Friday together with five other senior executive managers — Sithokozile Mrewa (human resources director), Annah Mutombodzi (customs and exercise commissioner), Tjiyapo Velempini (ICT director), Clive Majengwa (internal audit director ) and Charlton Chihuri (loss control director).

Bonyongwe said the six had been sent on forced paid leave to allow for investigations into an alleged car importation racket.

However, this paper was reliably informed that Pasi’s woes are linked to the accident.

“Pasi was involved in an accident with his Toyota Land Cruiser, registration number ADS 6890 at the Newlands roundabout on April 27.

“The matter was reported to Highlands police station but handled by the Mabvuku traffic police,” a source privy to the developments said.

“But investigations later showed that the car was registered as a cheaper Toyota model. This raised suspicion leading to further investigations.”

Zimra board secretary for legal and corporate services Florence Jambwa requested written questions, but had not responded by the time of going to print.

Pasi could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The source claimed Pasi and the suspended managers bought their cars from a Harare dealer, Timoth Simfukwe and the vehicles were heavily undervalued.

A well-placed source within Zimra said Pasi and the other five bought the vehicles on the company’s car loan scheme without the board’s knowledge and there were no documents to support the purchases.

They allegedly gave themselves loans of between $90 000 and $100 000.

The board was tipped by a whistleblower in February and while they were carrying out further investigations, the matter spilled into the courts.
Zimra now wants to carry out a forensic audit.

Simfukwe is already appearing before the courts facing charges of undervaluing vehicles in a racket that could have prejudiced the State of millions of dollars.

Zimra officials have been accused of forming syndicates of dealers who process counterfeit undervalued import documents to smuggle vehicles and other products into the country.

Several former Zimra employees and others allegedly acted as clearing agents to fleece the State of millions of dollars in an importation scandal.

In one of the incidents, two Harare men were arrested on allegations of processing import documents to smuggle in six vehicles through Beitbridge Border Post, prejudicing the State of $157 500,24.

Simfukwe is on $500 bail.

He is alleged to have connived with one Liberty Tinashe Mahembe, a clearing agent at Beitbridge boarder post, to buy undervalued cars for Chihuri, Mutombodzi ,Velempini, Majengwa and Mrewa.

The 2015 Land Cruiser models were allegedly bought from Verve Auto Investments in South Africa.

The State alleges Chihuri’s first car paid duty $32 939,21 less than the actual value.

23 Responses to Why Pasi, Zimra bigwigs are in trouble

  1. dave simm May 8, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Masanctions

  2. Peter Chauke (Mosisinyane) May 8, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    I say the rot is not because of Pasi. The rot is due to people who overstay beyond their legal limites. Gershem Pasi is the inaugral commissioner general of Zimra from 2001 when Customs and Excise and Taxes were made a parastatal. He overstayed the life span of most Zimra board members meaning if Zimra has a new board now he would easily overstep it. This rot is across many parastatals where management is unaccountable to noone. If Gershem was doing what is being reported in this story, what of powerful politicians close to him and the faction he belongs to?

    The State is under capture from all appointees of its companies and arms from the army, police, prisons, universities whom have overstayed. They are demi gods even upon their junior staff. They know where the $15 billion is etc. They actually have stolen over $100 billion and time will tell

    • Dopori May 8, 2016 at 8:35 am #

      UZ comes to mind.

      • submission May 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

        ehe

  3. Peter Chauke (Mosisinyane) May 8, 2016 at 7:52 am #

    I say the rot is not because of Pasi. The rot is due to people who overstay beyond their legal limites. Gershem Pasi is the inaugral commissioner general of Zimra from 2001 (15 years on one post as if we have a shortage of people who can collect taxes) when Customs and Excise and Taxes were made a parastatal. He overstayed the life span of most Zimra board members meaning if Zimra has a new board now he would easily overstep it. This rot is across many parastatals where management is unaccountable to noone. If Gershem was doing what is being reported in this story, what of powerful politicians close to him and the faction he belongs to?

    The State is under capture from all appointees of its companies and arms from the army, police, prisons, universities whom have overstayed. They are demi gods even upon their junior staff. They know where the $15 billion is etc. They actually have stolen over $100 billion and time will tell

  4. Chibwe May 8, 2016 at 8:26 am #

    Zimbabwe needs a complete overhaul. It surely needs to start from scratch

  5. machakachaka May 8, 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Also investigate the matter of Tetrad, partly owned by Pasi. It hasn’t been paying its taxes, yet Zimra goes on to do business with it. Doesn’t this stink, too?

  6. Wal May 8, 2016 at 10:31 am #

    Well done madam chair Pasi had perfected the art of survival. Minister Mumbengengwi and Biti failed to fire him i hope you will suceed

  7. josphat mugadzaweta May 8, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    true @chibwe but such overhaul shouldn’t include mujuru because she has intricate links with the likes of pasi.

  8. Nesongano May 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm #

    This is not the first time that Pasi has courted controversy. A case in point is the manner in which he bought a house in Glen Lorne sometime in 2005. It was alleged at that time that Pasi was living beyond his means as he had a pool of cars and upmarket properties.
    http://www.theindependent.co.zw/2005/02/25/tax-boss-says-property-purchase-above-board/

  9. Kingston May 8, 2016 at 1:41 pm #

    This story proves once and for all and confirms what is already known in Zimbabwe that our taxes are too high to such an extent that even those entrusted with the responsibilities of collecting them, cannot afford. What about the rest if those employed in the informal sector, the incentive to smuggle goods is very very high due to unsustainable tax regimes

  10. Alex Darise May 8, 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Looks like Pasi in quite connected, sooner than later, he will be walking free. Too many behind the scenes is happening. Watch my words.

  11. nehanda Nyakasikana May 8, 2016 at 3:29 pm #

    ese maMBA graduands from UZ…

    • submission May 9, 2016 at 12:07 pm #

      saka

  12. minana May 8, 2016 at 7:52 pm #

    on a different and hurting issue,Pasi and the rest of His crew left the NUST Fiscal studies graduates to rot in the industrial market. No company is recognising them while they are the ones to initiate that degree programme. they are failing to get jobs after their graduation not only in Zim but everywhere as in this Southern region. the zimra board fully know that these graduates are suffering and they have no where to go,I guess its another issue pasi and his crew should be investigated upon. we need justice, why can’t they employ the fiscal studies graduates?

  13. The Patriot May 9, 2016 at 8:53 am #

    God is with you Gershem Pasi. Peace be still and know that Jesus is Lord. The distractors will be put to shame. This is a hardworking man. He has won many awards for working hard and sound management. ZIMRA is the only government organisation being professionally run. God will fight for you Gershem Pasi and all i know is Monday 9th of July a new headline will be appearing in all newspapers. Wait do not rush to comment. As far as I know Zimra chief is targeted by certain elements who want to control this organisation. They are using Board chair. PASI is innocent.

  14. The Patriot May 9, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Pasi was got this job on merit basis. He was given this job by the Almighty God. Those fighting him are merely fighting a losing battle. I hope and pray they will have the audacity to right correctly in the newspapers their findings which i know will leave them with eggs on their faces.

  15. แทงบอลออนไลน์ May 9, 2016 at 10:51 am #

    A lot of stories happen everyday you could know what had happened yesterday. How can you be sure what will happen tomorrow? Think of something you never say Are you waiting until the day? To say “I LOVE YOU”

  16. pragg May 9, 2016 at 8:55 pm #

    mangwana ndopaanomuka achiti tod tax kumachurh ndakazviona kuti wanga wakufarisa woda kudya nemumba maishe pakutora mari moda tax pasalary moda tax ndotenga grocery monditaxer kukwira bus vakaisa fare nemari yetax todyiwa kangani iwe yako mota haibvise duty kungonzwa pati kwatara wavepo uchida kuona manje nhasi zvakuwana

  17. tmanasi May 10, 2016 at 11:46 am #

    Dont Ever touch the annointed ones, you will perish, you will never know what hits you.

  18. josphat mugadzaweta May 10, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    there is nothing devine about pasi’s appointment and his troubles everything there is quite earthly and of his own making. he is there to enforce govt directives thus he is not the one who came up with the idea to tax profitable churches. please don’t be in the habit of mixing up things. his trouble is because he is a crook only!!!

  19. Zhou .B May 11, 2016 at 9:21 am #

    Truly speaking this is a sad story , how can these big wings do such kind of a fraudulant thing. They are earning more than the president himself and after all again imposing unnecessary duties at the border posts. They should go we dont want people who are corrupt on the finance centres.

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