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ZIMRA Says Beitbridge Border Post Is A Corruption Hot Spot

ZIMRA Says Beitbridge Border Post Is A Corruption Hot Spot

The Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (ZIMRA) has identified the Beitbridge Border Post as the country’s major corruption hot spot.

The Herald’s Mashudu Netsianda reports that ZIMRA is investigating three Beitbridge-based revenue officers who built mansions in Harare, but failed to account to their employer how they raised the money following a lifestyle audit.

The revenue authority could, however, not release the names of the officers since the matter is still under investigation.

This emerged during a stakeholders’ workshop on the progress made in the fight against corruption held in Bulawayo recently. 

Presenting a lifestyle audit report to parliamentarians and other stakeholders during the meeting, ZIMRA loss control manager Mr Selleck Mapfeka said lifestyle auditing or monitoring is a basic comparison of one’s proceeds or sources of income against how it is utilised.

It is an accountability tool which is conducted when the visible lifestyle or standard of living of an individual appears to exceed their known income levels. He said:

We are currently investigating three officers who built mansions in Harare, but failed to explain how they acquired the wealth following a lifestyle audit.

We also have another officer who built a block of flats and he has since resigned. The lifestyle audit also revealed that some ZIMRA revenue officers based in Beitbridge had six properties acquired through shady deals at the border.

Mapfeka also mentioned the case of a former Beitbridge-based ZIMRA revenue officer Mr Kennedy Nyatoti, who made history by becoming the first person to lose assets under the country’s civil-based asset forfeiture law when his US$150 000 mansion in Harare and US$10 000 car were forfeited to the State. 

Nyatoti’s Case:

a). He joined Zimra in 2014 aged 25 and two years down the line he got married and paid lobola of US$10 000.

b). In 2017, he took his family on a holiday to China and spent US$15 000.

c). During the same year, he bought a residential stand for US$24 000 and under-declared that it was worth US$18 000.

d). He built and completed his house in five months.

e). It was established that Nyatoti was fraudulently clearing immigrants’ rebates for people not qualifying to bring in goods duty-free under the rebate facility.

Back then, the State could only apply for forfeiture after a conviction for a corruption-related offence but now, the law allows the State to apply for forfeiture under civil rules even without instituting criminal proceedings.

Mapfeka said most of the assets are being recovered through inter-agency collaborations and the involvement of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) through prosecutor-guided investigations.

He added that there is nothing wrong with owning properties, but there is something terribly wrong if owners can’t explain their source of wealth.

A total of US$50 million was recovered from conviction-based asset forfeiture in 2021 and police say they arrested 495 suspects for corruption-related cases in the same year.

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🅼🅰🆁🅰🆅🅰🆉🅰 1 week ago

𝑴𝒐𝒔𝒕 𝒁𝒊𝒎𝒓𝒂 𝒆𝒎𝒑𝒍𝒐𝒚𝒆𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅, 𝒌𝒖𝒏𝒂𝒎𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒓𝒔, 𝒎𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒂 𝒘𝒆𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒛𝒂𝒅𝒛𝒊, 𝒎𝒘𝒂𝒏𝒂 𝒘𝒂𝑺𝒆𝒌𝒖𝒓𝒖 𝒆𝒕𝒄, 𝒔𝒖𝒄𝒉 𝒂 𝒅𝒚𝒏𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒚 𝒔𝒉𝒐𝒖𝒍𝒅 𝒃𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒆𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒈𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒃𝒆𝒇𝒐𝒓𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒓𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒍𝒊𝒇𝒆 𝒔𝒕𝒚𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒖𝒅𝒊𝒕. 𝑻𝒉𝒐𝒔𝒆 𝒅𝒚𝒏𝒂𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒆𝒔 𝒊𝒏 𝒈𝒗𝒕 𝒊𝒏𝒔𝒕𝒊𝒕𝒖𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏𝒔 𝒎𝒂𝒌𝒆 𝒊𝒕 𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒊𝒎𝒑𝒐𝒔𝒔𝒊𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒕𝒐 𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒆, 𝒔𝒐𝒎𝒆 𝑰 𝒖𝒏𝒅𝒆𝒓𝒔𝒕𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒓𝒆𝒍𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒐𝒑 𝒈𝒗𝒕 𝒈𝒖𝒓𝒖𝒔. 𝑪𝒍𝒂𝒊𝒎, 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝑩𝒆𝒊𝒕𝒃𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒈𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒆𝒑𝒊𝒄𝒆𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒆 𝒐𝒇 𝒃𝒐𝒓𝒅𝒆𝒓 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒊𝒔 𝒂 𝒗𝒂𝒍𝒊𝒅 𝒑𝒐𝒊𝒏𝒕. 𝑨𝒍𝒍 𝒂𝒓𝒎𝒔 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒈𝒗𝒕 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒗𝒐𝒍𝒗𝒆𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒍𝒆𝒂𝒈𝒖𝒆,𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒐𝒓𝒓𝒖𝒑𝒕𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒌𝒊𝒏𝒈𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒔 𝒂𝒓𝒆 𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒔𝒇𝒆𝒓𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒕𝒐 𝒐𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒔


ZIMRA- OFFICER 1 week ago

Hatiregi kuba ndipo patinoraramira.as long ndichihora RTGS kuba handiregi.also I can clear cars from Japan for free ndowana yangu yemusana ndo Zimbabwe yacho


Chikorobho 1 week ago

Life Style Audit!
Inotangira papi?
ichigumirra papi?
Inoitwa Nani?
Atumwa Nani?
Zvaita sei?🙊🙉🙈


hameno 1 week ago

they is this lady anonz Gwzira weku Zimra sha drives a Np200 truck ,no hairstyle,no artificial nails she lives kuGetto zvake kuKuwadzana she have monies she got matrucks abt 10 ariku Lobels,also 4 ma UD 90 ariku Fodya houses dzandoziva dziriku5 ikoko haazikanwe even vakaita life audit yako all properties are registered to her parents unfortunately she is not married ,sh keeps life so low profile ukaenda kumusha kwawo soo kune 13rooms pangori naCaretaker marooms acho ndeekuitira mameetings nembinga apa anozozviita mupositori manje haa unoqara


zoe 1 week ago

siyai mwana adye mari yake yaakangwavha paboarder apo.


dispenser 1 week ago

yu arrest innocent ple ,who seek to survive proclaiming corruption, But yr Gvt is full of corrupt officials who make shoddy deal whilst their colleagues clapping hands


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poorvho 1 week ago

A house valued at US$150 000 cannot be called a mansion. Ne US$10 000 you can maybe buy a second hand combi. Ma Mansions ndo ana Chihuri vane imba iri pa 30 Hectare plot


TAURA HAKO. WHAT'S A 150000 DOLLAR HOUSE 1 week ago

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Sekuru waBona 1 week ago

hehehe Nyatoti mufana wekuMbare uyu wekuita A level macommercial paHarare High 97 -98

hehehe paye wakamhanya taimbokuudza kuti hazvidi kuitwa uchimhanya ita low low but waizonyanya

especially maparty ne bling

anyway uri wangu


ZIMRA NDEYE MBAVHA FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL. NO DOUBTS 1 week ago

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NONSENSE. WHO AUDITS THE LOSS CONTROL MANAGERS? 1 week ago

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People Of Various Opinions 1 week ago

Why are you saying Beitbridge border post as if it's operated by others....come out clean & say as Zimra we steal the most at Beitbridge border post, not to mention the whole country


Kacha kacha 1 week ago

Indla lapho ebotshelwe khona...


Maparamuro 1 week ago

Chakwera just fired his Deputy and police boss, what has Idhi done with Prisca Mupfumira and many others? He has created laws to protect them and go after these small fish


Maparamuro 1 week ago

Tinoisa mumazita ehama.
Ko makorokoza anobvunzwa kuti mari yakabvepi here?


Jojo 1 week ago

Shiri ndodzinotorerwa



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