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ZIMRA On Spotlight As It Suspends The Appointment Of Dr Mpofu As Acting Commissioner-General

ZIMRA On Spotlight As It Suspends The Appointment Of Dr Mpofu As Acting Commissioner-General

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has come under fire after suspending the appointment of Dr Morris B Mpofu to the post of Acting Commissioner-General.

ZIMRA announced the suspension of the appointment in a Board circular No. 2 of 2022 dated 7 January 2022 that was addressed to all staff. Read the circular:

RE: NOTICE OF CHANGES TO THE APPOINTMENT OF THE ACTING COMMISSIONER-GENERAL AND THE CONTINUATION OF MR. R. MASAIRE AS ACTING COMMISSIONER-GENERAL.

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Board wishes to inform members of staff that the assumption of duty of Dr Moris B. Mpofu as Acting Commissioner General of the Authority has been suspended.

Accordingly, Mr Rameck Masaire will continue to serve as Acting Commissioner General of the Authority.

ZIMRA had announced Mpofu’s appointment on the 4th of January 2022. Reads the statement that announced the appointment:

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) Board announces the early retirement of Mr. Rameck Masaire who was the Acting Commissioner-General (ACG) of ZIMRA. The retirement is with effect from 1 February 2022.

Mr. Masaire re-joined ZIMRA as Commissioner Domestic Taxes on 1 September 2018, coming from Ernst & Young. He served in that role until 1 February 2021 when he was appointed ACG of ZIMRA, the role he has been executing until his retirement notice on 30 December 2021.

With his vast tax knowledge and experience, he has provided valuable leadership to the organisation and the team that he has been working with over the years. A number of notable achievements have been recorded during his time in ZIMRA, which will remain an invaluable legacy for the organisation and the nation. The Board takes this opportunity to thank Mr. Masaire for his contribution to the organisation and wish him well in his future endeavours.

In the same breath, on behalf of the Board, I announce the appointment of Board Member, Dr. Moris B. Mpofu as Acting Commissioner-General with effect from 1 January 2022 until 30 April 2022 with the hope that within that period the recruitment process for the substantive Commissioner-General would have been finalised. Dr. Mpofu’s appointment is in terms of section 17 (4) (b) of the Public Entities Corporate Governance Act [Chapter 10:31].

The ZIMRA Board wishes Dr. Mpofu the best in managing this transition.

Commenting on the development, exiled former Cabinet minister, Professor Jonathan Moyo described Moyo’s appointment as “controversial”. He said:

ZIMRA has suspended its controversial appointment of Dr Moris B Mpofu as the Authority’s Acting Commissioner General!

Law expert, Alex Magaisa said is folly to suspend Mpofu’s appointment and keep him as a board member. Said the UK-based law lecturer:

The absurdity is that while they say Dr Morris B. Mpofu is not good enough to be the Acting Commissioner-General, he has been and is still good enough to be a board member of the tax collector!

The ZIMRA Board this week invited qualified and experienced Zimbabwean citizens to fill the position of Commissioner-General.

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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 5 months ago

ZIMRA BOARD ERRED IN APPOINTING DOCTOR MORIS B MPOFU AS THE ACTING COMMISSIONER GENERAL ON 4 JANUARY 2022 AND SUSPENDING HIS APPOINTMENT ON 7 JANUARY 2022.

NO REASONS WERE GIVEN FOR SUSPENDING HIS APPOINTMENT. DOCTOR MORIS B MPOFU HAD BEEN APPOINTED ACTING COMMISSIONER GENERAL FROM 1 JANUARY 2021 TO 30 APRIL 2922.

TO THE BUSH LAWYER DOCTOR MORIS B MPOFU IS STILL THE ACTING COMMISSIONER GENERAL OF ZIMRA UNTIL 30 APRIL 2022. IN TERMS OF THE LAW DR MPOFU CAN ONLY BE SUSPENDED FROM THIS POSITION AFTER A DISCIPLINARY HEARING OR ON HIS OWN RESIGNATION. ZIMRA BOARD DID NOT MENTION ANYTHING WARRANTING A DISCIPLINARY HEARING.

DR MPOFU WAS EMPLOYED IN TERMS OF SECTION 17 (4)(b) OF THE PUBLIC ENTITIES CORPORATE GOVERNANCE ACT [ CHAPTER 10:31 ]. I AM NOT PRIVY TO WHAT THE ABOVE SECTION SAY. UNLESS THIS SECTION 17 (4)(b) EXONERATES THE ZIMRA BOARD, DR MPOFU IS STILL THE ACTING COMMISSIONER GENERAL UNTILL 30 APRIL 2022.

IN MY FIRST PARAGRAPH, I SAID THAT ZIMRA BOARD ERRED. ON INITIALLY PICKING DR MPOFU FOR THIS POST, THE BOARD HAD DONE THEIR HOMEWORK ON THEIR EMPLOYEE AND HAD FOUND HIM SUITABLE FOR THE POST. THEY HAD SIGNED A BINDING 4 MONTH CONTRACT WITH DR MPOFU

THIS ROUTE STILL LEADS US BACK TO THE POSITION THAT DR MPOFU IS STILL THEIR EMPLOYEE IN THE CAPACITY OF COMMISSIONER GENERAL UNTILL 30 APRIL 2022.

THIS IS THE BUSH LAWYER'S INPUT. I URGE DR MPOFU TO ENGAGE ONE OF THESE LEARNED FRIENDS TO HELP HIM.

YOURS SINCERELY
CDE KUFA KWANGU ZVAROVA
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ]


MuGrade 2 5 months ago

Well said

Tkt 5 months ago

From the beggining there were alot of inconsistances panyaya iyi, still that qsn i haven't got the answer kuti how can one be appointed for a post before he joins an organisation ,


Analyst 5 months ago

While I am not privy to goings on at the organization, wouldn't it be prudent for the public to be informed about the authentic qualifications (stating where those were acquired) of all board members there, starting with the Chairman? Personally, I feel the tradition of being told that so and so holds "several diplomas or certificates" without informing us where those were acquired and what they are about leaves a lot to be desired. Such disclosures should apply to all board members of parastatal.


Analyst 5 months ago

@ Pala: On the contrary Sir/Madam, I actually do pay attention to those announcements as they represent a significant aspect of my research. When citing educational qualifications, the salient aspects thereof are: if we are referring to degrees, for instance, a) titles of the degrees; b) where they were acquired; and c) when the holder was admitted to said degrees. Such details are rarely supplied, if at all they are.

Pala 5 months ago

You just dont pay attention,everytime government appoints someone to a board they do put qualifications in plain back and white.

Analyst 5 months ago

The last sentence was supposed to be as follows: "Such disclosures should apply to every board member of all parastatals."


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