Mighty Warriors in dark over Rio phones

HARARE - Mystery continues to surround the mobile phones which the Zimbabwe senior women’s national team were supposed to receive after last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

The Mighty Warriors, just like every other athlete who participated at the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil received a Samsung Galaxy S7 each after Samsung Electronics gave away 12 500 mobile phones to every Olympian last August.

The girls were based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and the collection was done in Rio and had to enlist the services of Team Zimbabwe Chef De Mission (CDM) Titus Zvomuya who collected the phones on their behalf before they were allegedly confiscated by the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) upon their return from the Games.

Seven months down the line the phones are still to be handed over to the owners — the football players.

“We were ...told that the phones were confiscated by Zimra and they demanded a letter from the ministry and up to now all we hear is that Zimra are still holding on to the phones,” a Mighty Warriors player told the Daily News.

“We want to know why they (phones) were taken when in actual fact we were on national duty and the phones were not meant for commercial purposes but for personal use by each and every athlete. Also how much duty it is or was required so that we can run around and look for the money to pay up the required duty individually since the government has more or less failed to assist us in this regard.

“According to them (the ministry) $2 000 was required as duty for all the phones and when you look at the male side, the Warriors got thousands of dollars, the girls got only $500 but still they can’t settle a $2 000 invoice for the 22 players combined.”

Zvomuya confirmed collecting the phones but referred all correspondence to the Sports ministry official Eugenia Chidhakwa who did not respond to questions sent to her by the time of going to print.

“Yes it’s true that I received the phones on behalf of the delegation and they were confiscated by Zimra and we have to pay duty but the ministry is seized with that issue and they will be able to assist in this regard,” Zvomuya said.

Contacted for comment Zimra board secretary and director for legal and corporate services Florence Jambwa said her organisation was prohibited by the law to disclose client’s tax affairs to a third party.

“... I am, ...unable to comment on the questions you have asked with regards to clearances for the Mighty Warriors,” Jambwa said.

“What I can confirm is that ... all importers who bring goods into Zimbabwe shall pay the appropriate duties and taxes....”

Comments (1)

oh please.

natural nyasha - 13 February 2017

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