Gershom Pasi suspended as Zimra board institutes forensic audit
GERSHOM Pasi and five other senior managers at the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) have been suspended pending investigations into various corporate governance issues including revelations around the importation of vehicles by some of the tax collectors employees.
According to a statement from the Zimra board, Pasi, the commissioner general and five executives A. Mutombodzi, Commissioner Customs and Excise; S.T. Mrewa, Director Human Resources and Administration; T. Velempini, Director ICT and Infrastructure Development; C. C. Majengwa, Director Internal Audit; and C. Chihuri, Director Loss Control, have been sent on paid leave.
The Zimra Board has appointed Mr. H. Kuzvinzwa, currently Commissioner Domestic Taxes, as Acting Commissioner General.
“The Zimra Board has become aware that questions have been raised and indeed criminal proceedings instituted pertaining to the importation of vehicles by some Zimra employees”.
“The Zimra Board would like to reassure all stakeholders that it has been seized with this issue for some time,” read the statement. Zimra employees were implicated in a car import scheme which prejudiced the state of millions of dollars but there are other allegations which are also being raised.
Measures to carry out a forensic audit have been instituted
The board advised members of the public that the Authority now has a Hotline to which any corrupt activity by any ZIMRA employee can be reported.
The toll-free Hotline numbers are: Econet 0808190, Telecel 0732880880 and WhatsApp 0772 135690.
“The Zimra board assures the nation that it continues to strive to plug all revenue leakages, and in this regard all reports of corrupt activities will be vigorously followed up.”
Pasi joined the then Department of Taxes in November 1982 as a Tax Assessor and rose through the ranks to become ZIMRA’s inaugural Commissioner General in 2001.
In May 1996, he was appointed to act as Commissioner of Taxes, a position that was confirmed before the end of the same year.
He played an instrumental role in the formation of the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and successfully transformed the Authority into a commercial organisation. FinX
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