Zimra boss tackles MDC MP

HARARE - Gershem Pasi, the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) commissioner-general, has petitioned Parliament to charge Mbizo legislator Settlement Chikwinya — under its standing orders — for alleging he was earning $310 000 a month.

The development also comes as the tax agency and its boss have petitioned at least three local papers to stop repeating the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) member of parliament (MP)’s recent remarks or motion about his alleged sky-high pay.

“The integrity of Zimra and the fiscus at large has been compromised… by the false statement… attributed to Honourable Chikwinya… to the extent that this can have grievous consequences to the economy of Zimbabwe if nothing is done immediately to repair the damage,” Pasi’s lawyers Kantor & Immerman said in a letter to parliamentary speaker Jacob Mudenda yesterday.

“Already… Zimra staff(ers) are agitated and tax payers may stop paying taxes at a time when the country needs the money more than ever before. We also believe that the statement may have been made with the desire to cow and weaken our clients from exercising their statutory mandates,” they said.

While it was unfortunate that Chikwinya’s statements had come barely a month after Zimra had conducted a workshop for legislators — attended by the likes of Jessie Majome and Zanu PF’s Dexter Nduna, and where the issue of salaries was addressed — the MDC lawmaker’s information was wholly untrue and false.

In that regard, Pasi and company did not regard parliamentary privilege as a concept, which extended “to the making of reckless statements and in the hope that such declarations could be covered by those benefits”.

“We are instructed to write to you and make a formal complaint against Mr Chikwinya, MP, for peddling falsehoods,” KI said, adding they were also seeking audience with the former lawyer and advocate.

“Subject to any action taken by parliament under its standing orders, we have instructions to pursue this matter to its logical conclusion, including placing before the Constitutional Court, the competing issues of parliamentary privilege and the rights of individuals, and corporates to their good reputations and names…,” they added.

On Monday, the Zimra top-man and his organisation also sent a letter to the three national papers complaining about the possible abuse of parliamentary privilege in tackling national issues, including the so-called salary-gate scandal. The letter was also copied to the Kwekwe-based legislator.

In it, the lawyers said the tone of the articles not only suggested Pasi and Zimra were corrupt, but the revenue collection body’s affairs were shambolic.

Crucially, Kantor and Immerman had been instructed to pursue the “highly-defamatory” matter or assertions and to see whether Chikwinya’s privileges superseded other individuals’ privacy, and dignity rights in terms of the new constitution.

Comments (23)

you do get that pasi through the back door.

see - 5 March 2014

Why cant Pasi tell us how much he earns in reality then we will judge for our selves who is right-him or the MP

D Tokusi - 5 March 2014

It's good that Mr Pasi is trying to clear his name against legislators who often abuse Parliamentary privilege. The starting point though should have been for him to state what truly is his salary. We then would find it even easier to believe his reputation was indeed tarnished. Reason why he's going to all these lengths, as he says himself, is to redeem his reputation and that of ZIMRA. Revealing his own salary would make it better.

Kumafanya - 5 March 2014

There is no problem here, pasi, just declare your salary and all benefits, then declare all your assets.It is just as simple as A,B,C.The truth will set you free.Be an open book.We can assess from the information and conclude on our own.

think - 5 March 2014

True to that, let the truth be revealed

marv - 5 March 2014

Pasi, running around like a headless chick. Just tell us how much you earn. As of now everyone believe Honorable chikwinya is right. set your self free by publishing your actual salary including all monthly benefits you are milking zimra

mafikizolo - 5 March 2014

Just tell e nation how much u earn period

stones - 5 March 2014

Do you still recall TB Joshua's prophecy that all corrupt leaders will fall! Watch this space!

Chikata - 5 March 2014

Pasi, just put your salary down (pasi) and stop wasting money with your lawyers. Afterall Zimra has no integrity to talk about.

princ - 5 March 2014

Mr Pasi, stop wasting taxpayers' money by going to the lawyers. Chingotaura how much you earn pane kuramba uchitambisa mari dzedu.

Mafirakureva - 5 March 2014

Its easy for Pasi to just declare his salary and benefits and in this case he does earn that money through back door,but tell you what Pasi? only the lawyers will win in this case coz mari yavo whether waloser or wahwinha uchangovapa and that s the waste of taxpayers money....

virus detected - 5 March 2014

what is he hiding

john moyo - 5 March 2014

I challenge Pasi to avail a current copy of his payslip to the press,failing which,pasi naye!

David Kasiyamhuka - 5 March 2014

Why not mobilise a country wide legal action to compel Pasi to disclose the source of his reported wealth

enock sebele - 5 March 2014

Pasi. Don;t continue to waste our money. Just declare your salary. Unotyei?

Chinorwadza - 5 March 2014

Pasi. Don;t continue to waste our money. Just declare your salary. Unotyei?

Chinorwadza - 5 March 2014

Just how much are you taking home, Mr. Pasi? If you can afford KI as your lawyers, then you must be truly taking home quite a few dollars hey? I also challenge you to ask your lawyers to copy me the letter so I be sued as well.

Hwezhahwezha - 5 March 2014

We here Pasi is running the beit bridge branch of the Zanu pf criminal organisation

enock sebele - 5 March 2014

Pasi akapa Zanu Pf $2 million yecampaigning paJuly elections, ramba tinzwe, wakaiwanepi mari iyoyo? Pasi newe. Budisa payslip! Stupid, corrupt idiot.

Professor - 6 March 2014

Pasi, if you work for a public entity, your salary should be in the public domain. I bet you are using your own funds for this media blitz and lawsuit against a public representative. If you are using ZIMRA funds for this frivolous lawsuit, know that you are the one abusing public funds and your conduct must be probed forthwith.

Nkosi Mambo - 6 March 2014

Mr Pasi, why don'tyou do the honourable thing and say you earn this much. Its simple. Don't waste our monies in fighting a case you do not want to fully disclose.

Patriot - 6 March 2014

ITS TRUE JUST REVEAL YO SALARY CHETE SHEFU VANYARE

chitova 2 - 6 March 2014

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