Public service, not an Island of Fascism

Finance Minister Tendai Biti has strongly castigated workers in the Public Service particularly those at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) for showing contempt to ordinary Zimbabweans.

Tendai Biti
Tendai Biti

“The public service is not an Island of Fascism where you get people being asked to remove their clothes and shoes in the name of inspection.

“They have no respect for our people and our appeal to not only those at ZIMRA but also those in other areas like the Registrar General’s office should show respect to these their paymasters,” said an exasperated Biti.

The Minister added that the new tariff structures will be reviewed and a policy direction will be made in due course.

“We are in the process of consulting to adjust them and amendments will be made to the Statutory Instruments (SI) after which appropriate measures will be taken.

“Public servants must therefore serve the people and not to show contempt and utter disregard for their intelligence it’s unacceptable and we hope they will listen,” Biti said.

Meanwhile the Minister said the issue of Commissioner General Gershom Pasi’s contract is being looked at, by the ZIMRA board and he will make the necessary announcements after getting advice and reports from the board.

“The board is dealing with the issue and trying to follow the law, after which they will report to the Minister.

“My position will be guided by these reports and the law will be followed religiously; i.e. if a contract expires there is obvious need to either renew or find a new face to fill the vacancy,” said Biti.

Reports have indicated that Minister Biti is unwilling to renew Pasi’s contract which expired last October and wants to take advantage of this to get rid of the ZANU-PF appointee.

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