Zimra boss Pasi resigns

HARARE - Suspended Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) commissioner-general Gershem Pasi has resigned.

This comes as the taxman was sent on forced leave in May last year to pave way for investigations on allegations of corruption and poor corporate governance unearthed by a forensic audit instituted by the Auditor-General’s office.

He was suspended together with five other executives — loss control director Charlton Chihuri, commissioner of customs and excise Anna Mutombodzi, ICT and Infrastructure Development director Tjiyapo Velempini, internal audit head Clive Charles Majengwa and human resources director Sithokozile Thembani Mrewa.

In his May 22 resignation letter, addressed to Zimra chairperson Willia Bonyongwe, Pasi argued that the charges preferred against him were unfounded.

“The charges ring hollow being based as they are upon an incompetent audit report prepared by auditors who abdicated their most basic functions and responsibilities.

“I wish to reiterate and make it abundantly clear that I have committed no misconduct either of the nature alleged or at all. I have served the Authority with much grace poise, integrity and competence,” Pasi said.

This comes as his attempt to stop his disciplinary hearing hit a snag last year after High Court judge Lavender Makoni dismissed the application.

He, however, said the fact that his employer preferred charges against him, proved that there is now a complete breakdown of the relationship between the two parties.

“The trust is gone. That reality has sadly played right before my eyes in the last seven months or so. Time has failed to heal the rift. Even when I am acquitted, I do not believe that I would want to continue to be of service to my country under such circumstances. I would at that rate have no one to work with in the high(est) places,” he said.

Because of that, Pasi said he would not want to be subjected to the disciplinary process that had been instituted against him.

“It is in national interest, the Authority’s interest and my own interest that I terminate my employment with the Authority. I terminate the relationship the very same way that it was consummated, with peace, tranquillity and restraint.

“I have decided to walk. I do so with effect from today (Monday), the 22nd of May 2017,” he added.

Pasi, however, said he hoped the tax collector will pay him his dues timeously and consider his three decades-plus service.

Bonyongwe is understood to have since accepted his resignation.

Zimra had preferred 45 charges against Pasi, according to a disciplinary hearing that commenced on November 1 last year.

Two of the charges were dropped while four were collapsed into one, according to a note by the disciplinary hearing officer Moses Chinhengo.

Chinhengo said Zimra agreed to terminate the proceedings upon receipt of Pasi’s resignation letter.

Comments (3)

chinokura chinokotama dai taiziwa taiitira rudo muzim nekutizvese zvichapera.....daitisingatamburi zvatirikuita munyika izvi.....ndizvo nerufu.....varimuzvigaro chenjerai zvose zvinopera ndakuyambirai.

dofo - 25 May 2017

rubbish. in a normal country this guy would be serving life sentance fir corruption. instead he is going on holiday with the money he stole. Our Sovereignty . My ass

chaputika - 26 May 2017

The man stole moreso from the poor the law must take its course and there must restituition. Us the poor we would like to know how much he stole how he did it and who benefited and eventually he must pay back

Sinyo - 26 May 2017

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