Zimra rot: More managers arrested

THREE more Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) officials Wednesday appeared in court facing charges of criminal abuse of office.

Zimra-Logo-250They were arrested after an audit exposed that they allegedly undervalued their motor vehicles swindling the state of $ 109 966.96 collectively.

Sithokozile T Mrerwa (47) – Director of Human Resources and Administration, Clive Charles Majengwa (52) -Director Internal audit and Charlton Chihuri (40) -Director Loss control were remanded out of custody to May 31 on $500 bail each.

Two more officers appeared in court Monday facing similar charges which saw the state suffering a prejudice of over $200 000.

Magistrate Tendai Mahwe ordered the trio to surrender their passports on top of stringent reporting conditions.

According to the state, allegations against Mrerwa occurred between May to August 2015.

Contrary to her duties she connived with Timothy Simfukwe, a director of Eftrade ventures (motor vehicle dealer and importer), and liberty Tinashe Mahembe of VONLET trading (clearing agent) based at Beitbridge border post to have her Toyota Prado declared as a second hand vehicle when in fact it was brand new.

The state alleges that Mrerwa plotted with Mahembe and Simfukwe to have the vehicle imported in her name instead of Efrtrade ventures intending to exert pressure on junior officers at ZIMRA Beitbridge border post.

The junior staff are then said to have acted according to the counterfeit import documents thereby granting Mrerwa a discount in import duty than was due.

The state alleges that that due to her actions, Mrerwa prejudiced the state of $24 156.17.

Majengwa and Chihuri allegedly used the same tactic resulting in them prejudicing the state of $32 825.18 and $52 985 .61 respectively.

Majengwa allegedly undervalued a Toyota land cruiser while Chihuri is said to have undervalued two Toyota land cruisers.

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