Zim tax chief suspended - state media
08 May 2016, 09:30
Zimbabwe - Two weeks after four anti-corruption
commissioners were suspended for alleged corruption in Zimbabwe, the national
tax boss and five of his top managers were also sent on forced leave, state
media reported on Saturday.
ZIMRA's commissioner-general Gershom Pasi and five managers
have been suspended - on full pay - following "questions over the
importation of vehicles," the official Herald newspaper said.
Criminal proceedings have been instituted, the state ZBC
broadcaster said, quoting a statement from ZIMRA board chairperson Willia
ZBC did not specify who the proceedings had been instituted
News of Pasi's suspension has been greeted with some
surprise inside Zimbabwe, where the tax authority has been aggressively trying
to plug revenue leakages.
Longtime president Robert Mugabe spoke out against
corruption during Independence Day celebrations on April 18, saying: "One
of the greatest tributes we can pay to Zimbabwe is to shun corruption."
‘No small fish’
Well-known radio personality Zororo Makamba tweeted:
"Oh wow, this is out of the blue. Pasi is no small fish."
In 2014, ZIMRA was forced to publicly deny claims by a
member of parliament that Pasi was paid a salary of US$310,000 a month.
Sternford Moyo, then ZIMRA's board chairman, told the
independent Standard newspaper that the figure was "grossly
incorrect". The tax chief's salary is still not known.
Four commissioners from the state Zimbabwe Anti-Corruption
Commission were suspended in April over suspicions they were involved in
underhanded dealings connected with the purchase of a property by the jailed
former chief executive officer of the commission.